Sue McCain

Hand Knitting Patterns

Sue McCain

Hand Knitting Patterns

Charleston Top-Down Cardigan

Charleston, South Carolina, has a reputation for friendliness, good taste, and culture. Those describe this stunning short-sleeve cardigan beautifully. Easily dressed up or down, Charleston has a classic feel and fitted silhouette, slightly wider in the hips than the bust. As with all Basix patterns, tips are included to help you change the waist and hip shaping if you’d like, to better fit your own shape.

This cardigan is worked from the top down, beginning at the back shoulders. The back is worked to the armholes, then placed on hold while the fronts are picked up from the back shoulders and worked to the armholes. Then the back and fronts are joined and the body is worked to the bottom edge. The sleeves are picked up from the armholes and worked to the cuffs, with short-row shaping to shape the sleeve caps.


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Skill Level: Intermediate

Skills Used: Knitting in the round, increasing and decreasing, picking up stitches, Japanese Short-Rows (explained in the pattern)

Sizes: XX-Small (X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X, 6X)

Finished Measurements: 25.5 (30.5, 34, 38, 41.5, 46.5, 50, 54, 58.5, 62.5, 66)” bust, with fronts buttoned; intended to be worn with approximately 2″ ease

Materials: Worsted weight cotton/silk blend: 565 (660, 735, 810, 900, 1015, 1100, 1210, 1340, 1430, 1525) yards. NOTE: If you plan to increase the length of the BODY or SLEEVES, be sure to purchase extra yarn. Model knit in Cascade Yarns Pima Silk (85% Peruvian pima cotton / 15% silk; 50 grams /109 yards): color #6898 Green Tea.

Needles and Notions: Size 7 (4.5 mm) circular needle, 32″ long or longer, OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE; Size 7 (4.5 mm) circular needle, 12″ long, for Sleeves; Stitch markers in 2 colors; waste yarn; 4 removable markers; 5 (5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6) .75″ (19 mm) buttons.

Gauge: In Stockinette stitch, 18 stitches and 26 rows = 4″/10 cm

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