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This spring I wanted a versatile, stylish and flattering cardigan that was simple enough to be worn with just about everything.  This cardigan keeps the basic styling simple, its short style is worn with negative ease, but small lace and cable details at the hem, cuff and neckline keep it interesting.

As the waist band sits just below the natural waist the wide ribbing pulls in snugly without needing to decrease the stitches.  The bustline is designed to fit with a little negative ease which creates a form fitting garment without any side shaping.

Worked from the bottom up body and sleeves are joined at the yoke and worked together in one piece. There is minimal finishing when you are done, just bands and a small underarm graft.


Bust Size

28-30(31-33, 34-36, 37-39, 40-42, 43-45, 46-48, 49-51, 52-54)”/70-75 (80-85, 86-92, 93-100, 101-106, 107-115,  116-123, 124-130, 131-137) cm.

Finished Measurements

28.25 (31.25, 34, 37, 40, 42.75, 46.25, 49, 52.25)”/ 71.5(79.5, 86.5, 94, 101.5, 108.5, 117.5, 124.5, 132.5) cm, with buttonband closed.

Shown in size 34”/86.5cm with 1”/2.5 cm negative ease.


Fyberspates Scrumptious 4ply (55% Merino wool, 45% Silk; 399yds/365m per 100g skein); Color: Oyster; 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5) skeins

Yarn Alternative: Rowan Felted Tweed (50% Merino wool, 25% Alpaca, 25% Viscose; 191yds/175m per 50g skein); 6 (6, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10) skeins

Needles & Notions

Size 4 US/3.5 mm circular needle, 32”/80cm length (or longer for larger sizes)

(Size 4 US/3.5mm dpns if not using magic loop)

Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.


23 sts and 32 rows = 4″/10cm in St st.

24 sts and 32 rows= 4″/10cm in 2×2 ribbing.

8 st Trellis Lace panel at front measures 1.75″ /4.5cm wide.

Techniques used and fully details in pattern include:

  • Single Row Buttonhole
  • Grafting

You will also need to know how to work in the round (for sleeves), work cables and simple lace.  Cable panels are fully charted. Lace is charted and written.

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