Sue McCain

Hand Knitting Patterns

Sue McCain

Hand Knitting Patterns

Simple Cardigan

This gorgeous cardigan rates an experienced level because of the use of short row shaping in the collar and sleeve caps. If you’re comfortable with short rows, you’ll find this pattern a cinch. If you’ve not worked short rows before, give it a try; you’ll find it’s not hard at all, and the cardigan is well worth the effort!

This cardigan is worked in one piece from the bottom to the armholes, then the fronts and back are worked separately to the shoulders; the ribbed front bands/collar are worked at the same time as the fronts, and the collar is shaped using short rows. Once each front is completed, the collar is worked to half the width of the center back neck. The collar halves are joined using 3-Needle Bind-Off, then sewn to the back neck. 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: Experienced

Skills Used: Knitting in the round, increasing and decreasing, picking up stitches, 3-Needle Bind-Off, Short-Row Shaping (Wrap and Turn)

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

Finished Measurements: 26.5 (30.75, 34.75, 38, 42.25, 46.25, 50.5, 54.25, 57.25, 61.75, 64.75)” bust, buttoned; intended to be worn with approximately 2″ ease

Materials: Light worsted/sport weight wool blend: 1150 (1300, 1450, 1575, 1725, 1850, 2050, 2175, 2325, 2525, 2700) yards

Model knit in Sheep 3 by Sheep Shop Yarn Company (70% wool / 30% silk, 100 g hank = 325 yards): color# A098.

Needles and Notions: One size 5 (3.75 mm) circular needle, 29” long or longer, OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE; stitch markers in 2 colors; four .75“ buttons

Gauge: In Stockinette stitch, 24 stitches and 30 rows = 4″/10 cm, blocked.

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