Karst is a bulky-weight cardigan knit top-down and seamlessly with a hybrid saddle-raglan construction that varies increase rates to give a better fit through the shoulders. Baby-cabled ribbing (which requires no actual cabling) trims the edges. The fronts are curved slightly with decreases. The collar is picked up and knitted on.

Skills required: long-tail cast-on, backwards-loop cast-on, picking up stitches, increasing, decreasing, grafting stitches (just a few!)

Sample is shown modeled with 7.5 cm of positive ease. Test-knit ease ranged from none to 10 cm. Choose the amount of ease that you want, but be sure to check the other measurements given in the schematic as well. The given bust measurement is with a very slight overlap of the front edges.

A note about meterage estimates: There was a lot of variation in the amount of yarn used by my testers, mostly because I encouraged modifications for a good fit - especially important when using a bulky yarn. I’ve tried to give the best numbers I can that will allow enough yarn to complete your project without buying a lot more than you need. Keep in mind that adding length or doing fewer waist/sleeve decreases will increase your meterage. If you’re using a hand-dyed yarn, best to have an extra skein just in case!

Sizes available (actual garment measurement at bust with front edges slightly overlapped, in cm): 84, (95.5, 107.5, 119), {130.5, 142}

Gauge: 14 stitches and 20 rows to 10 cm of blocked stockinette

Note: Though conversions to the metric system have been made on this page for your convenience, the pattern itself uses American measurements.


  • Knitting pattern for bulky cardigan with baby cable edgings and curved hem
  • Innovative table-based instructions and diagram included
  • Suitable for intermediate knitters

Materials you need at home:

  • Approximately 710, (850, 985, 1100), {1215, 1305} m of bulky weight yarn. Sample was knit in Miss Babs K2 (100% merino)
  • Two 6.0 mm/US 10 circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge. You will need circulars or DPNs for the sleeves
  • Stitch markers
  • Tape measure
  • Waste yarn for holding sleeve stitches
  • Tapestry needle for grafting and weaving in ends
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Laura Aylor

If ‘knitting designer’ had been one of the job choices for those aptitude tests they give you in high school, I wouldn’t have spent so many years trying to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. My best subject in high school was math; my best classes in college were logic, drawing, and a commercial art class. After careers in computer programming/analysis and child-rearing, knit design snuck up on me, but I think it’s the perfect use of my odd skill set! I love every step of the process, from figuring out how to actually make what I’ve envisioned to putting the finishing touches on a pattern, not to mention all the knitting that comes in between!

I also love reading and hiking and spending time on Brier Island in Nova Scotia every summer.

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