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Cardigan Knitting Pattern {Fall Comfort}

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In this post, you will see an easy cardigan knitting pattern.

This cardigan is really soft and comforting, due to the drape and fit.

Scroll down to view the free pattern or you can grab your printer-friendly ad-free PDF here.

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An Easy Level Knitting Pattern

This is an easy pattern for those of you who are advanced beginner level, using mainly knit and purl stitches, it also has simple increases and decreases for shaping.

This cardigan is wonderful for the fall/winter months when there is a chill in the air or a storm is coming over.

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It’s baggy and cozy, it wraps around you and somehow you feel comforted just wearing it!

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Resources And Tutorials That Will Help You To Knit This Cardigan

To make the cardigan you mainly need to know how to knit and purl.

You will be creating the main knitted fabric of the piece in garter stitch (knitting every row) and the selvedge edges are where you need to do a purl stitch.

The purl stitches are also used when you create the collar and front bands that are on the left and right fronts.

If you are new to knitting and still finding your feet with all of the knitting terms and abbreviations, you can find some tutorials and information here;

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Why Is This Cardigan So Easy To Knit?

  1. It uses only knit and purl stitches.
  2. It works up quickly as you will use 8mm (US 11) needles and bulky/chunky/12 ply yarn.
  3. Has minimal shaping and a loose baggy fit.
  4. The shaping is clear and simple to understand.
  5. All of the pieces are knit flat (even though I used circular needles to accommodate the number of stitches).
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Cardigan Knitting Pattern {Fall Comfort}

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There are 5 sizes available – small, medium, large, XL and XXL.

In the photographs, I am wearing the medium size for a UK size 10/12 / US size 6/8, I could have made a smaller size for a better fit.

Please read the notes section of the pattern below before starting to knit.

Notes

The pattern is written for all sizes starting with the small size – with changes for different sizes listed in all necessary places.

To follow the pattern more easily, circle or highlight all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

Further Notes

  • The cardigan is made from 5 pieces – back, 2 fronts, and 2 sleeves
  • Circular needles are used because there are many stitches, work back and forth on those needles, and do not join in the round for any piece.
  • Each row of each piece begins with a slip stitch and ends with a purl stitch for any selvedge.
  • Selvedge stitches create a neat edge for seaming.
  • You can slip as if to knit or to purl, whichever you prefer.
  • The back piece is about 5 inches (13cm) longer than the front pieces.
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Size Information

The sizes are for the following sizes – (Please Note – If you want a more fitted cardigan I would suggest sizing down by one size).

S / M / L / XL / XXL

Finished Bust

S – 32-34” – 87cm

M – 36-38” / 97 cm

L – 42 – 44” / 112cm

XL – 50 – 52” / 132cm

XXL – 60 – 62” / 155cm

Finished Back Length

S – 31” / 79cm

M – 32” / 82cm

L – 33” / 85cm

XL – 34”” / 87cm

XXL – 35” / 90cm

Finished Front Length (not including the collar extension)

S – 27”/ 69cm

M – 28” / 72cm

L – 29” / 74cm

XL – 30” / 77cm

XXL – 31” / 79cm

Cardigan pattern measurements

Skill Level – Easy

Gauge – 10 x 10 cm /4 x 4 inches = 12 sts and 24 rows in garter stitch.

The Supplies You Need

Yarn

  • The Petite Wool From We Are Knitters (each ball is 100g/153 yds/140m)
  • Colour – Spotted beige.
  • This is a chunky/bulky/12 ply yarn.
  • For the following sizes you will need;
  • Small – 7 – 100g (700g/1,071yds/980m)
  • Medium – 8 – 100g (800g/1,224yds/1,120m)
  • Large – 9 – 100g (900g/1,377yds/1,260m)
  • XL – 10 – 100g (1000g/1,530yds/1,400m)
  • XXL – 11 – 100g (1100g/yds1,683/1,540m)
  • Yarn weight guide

Needles

Notions

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Abbreviations

  • Beg – beginning
  • K – knit
  • K2tog – knit two stitches together
  • P – purl
  • PM – place marker
  • Rem – remaining
  • Rep – repeat
  • RS – right side
  • Sl – slip
  • St(s) – stitch (es)
  • WS – wrong side

Pattern

Back Piece

  • Cast on – 57 (75, 93, 111, 129) sts
  • Row 1 (RS) – Sl 1 (selvedge), K to last st, p1 (selvedge).
  • Rep row one until the back piece measures – from the beginning: 23”/59cm ( 24”/61cm, 25”/64cm, 26”/67cm, 27”/69cm)
  • End with a WS row as the last row you work.

Shape the shoulders

  • Cast off 1 (2, 3, 4, 5) sts at the beg of the next 8 (10, 12, 14, 16) rows. 49 (55, 57, 55, 49) sts.
  • Cast off 2 sts (S/M) 3 sts (L/XL/XXL) at the beg of the next 12 (10, 8, 6, 4) rows. 25 (35, 33, 37, 37) sts.
  • Cast off.
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Left Front

  • Cast on 33 (39, 51, 57, 69) sts.
  • Row 1 (RS): Sl 1, P6, PM, K to last st, p1.
  • Row 2 (WS): Sl 1, K to last 7 sts, (slide marker) p 6 sts, p1.
  • Rep the last two rows, cont to slip marker as you come to it.
  • Continue to work pattern as established until piece measures: 20”/51cm (20.5”/52cm, 21”/53.5cm, 21.5”/54.5cm, 22”/56cm) from beg, end with a RS row as the last row you work.

Shape Shoulder

  • Row 1: (WS) cast off 1 (2, 3, 4, 5) sts, then work in pattern as established.
  • Row 2: Work in pattern as established to end of row. 32 (37, 48, 53, 64) sts.
  • Rep rows 1 and 2 a further 3 (4, 5, 6, 7) times more. 29 (29, 33, 29, 29) sts.
  • Next row: Cast off 3 sts, work in pattern as established to the end of the row – (26, 26, 30, 26, 26) sts.
  • Next Row: Work even in pattern as established.
  • Rep last two rows: 3 (3, 3, 2, 1) more times. 17 (17, 21, 20, 23) sts.

Collar Extension

  • Cont in pattern as established, slipping the first st and purling the last st for selvedges for about 3.5”/9cm (4”/10cm, 4”/10cm, 4¼ / 11 cm, 4 ¼ / 11 cm), ending with a RS row as the last row you work.
  • Next row (WS): Cast off 5 (6, 7, 7, 8) sts then work in pattern as established to end of row. 12 (11, 14, 13, 15) sts.
  • Next row: Work even in pattern as established.
  • Rep last two rows once more.
  • Cast off rem: 7 (5, 7, 6, 7) sts.
Cardigan front on the needles

Right Front

  • Cast on 33 (39, 51, 57, 69) sts.
  • Row 1 (RS): Sl 1, K to last 7 st, PM, p6, p1.
  • Row 2 (WS): Sl 1, p6, slip marker, k to last st, p1.
  • Rep the last two rows, cont to slip marker as you come to it.
  • Continue to work pattern as established until piece measures: 20”/51cm (20.5”/52cm, 21”/53.5cm, 21.5”/54.5, 22”/56cm) from beg, end with a WS row as the last row you work (not the collar end).

Shape Shoulder

  • Row 1: (RS) cast off 1, (2, 3, 4, 5) sts, then work pattern as established to end of row. 32 (37, 48, 53, 64) sts.
  • Row 2: Work in pattern as established.
  • Rep rows 1 and 2 a further 3 (4, 5, 6, 7) times more. 29 (29, 33, 29, 29) sts.
  • Next row: Cast off 3 sts, work in pattern as established to the end of the row. 26 (26, 30, 26, 26) sts.
  • Next Row: Work even in pattern as established.
  • Rep last two rows: 3 (3, 3, 2, 1) more times. 17 (17, 21, 20, 23) sts.

Collar Extension

  • Cont in pattern as established, slipping the first st and purling the last st for selvedges for about 3.5”/9cm (4”/10cm, 4”/10cm, 4 ¼ / 11 cm, 4 ¼ / 11 cm), ending with a WS row as the last row you work.
  • Next row: Cast off 5 (6, 7, 7, 8) sts then work in pattern as established to end of row. 12 (11, 14, 13, 15) sts.
  • Next row: Work even in pattern as established.
  • Rep last two rows once more.
  • Cast off rem: 7 (5, 7, 6, 7) sts.
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Sleeves (Make 2)

  • Cast on 39 (45, 51, 57, 63) sts.
  • Row 1: sl 1 (selvedge), k to last st, p1 (selvedge).
  • Rep row 1 until the piece measures: 15.5”/40cm (16”/41cm, 16.5”/42cm, 16.5”/42cm, 15.5”/39.5cm) from beg.

Shape cap – top of sleeve:

  • Rows 1-5: Bind off: S – 4sts / M – 5sts.
  • Rows 1-6: L – 6sts / XL – 7sts / XXL – 8sts.
  • Work in pattern as established to end of row – S = 19 sts / M = 20 sts in row 5 / L / XL / XXL: 15 sts in row 6.
  • Cast off.
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Finishing/Making Up

  • Sew shoulder seams – lie the pieces out on a large surface and align the fronts onto the back piece.
  • Match up the shoulders and seam using the mattress stitch, once you have done this the next steps should seem easier to follow.
  • Place markers on side edges of back and fronts, about:
  • S – 5”/13cm / M – 5.5”/14cm / L – 6”/15cm / XL – 7”/17cm / XXL – 7.5”/19cm, below shoulder seams.
  • Sew side and sleeve seams, leaving the lower 4 inches of the back piece un-sewn – you can see in the photographs, that the back piece is longer than the fronts.
  • TIP – Place markers 4 inches from the edge on the back piece and lay your fronts on top to match up for seaming.
  • Sew ends of collar extensions together (the ends first with the mattress stitch) and stitch the edge of the collar extension to the back of the neck.
  • You can see something similar in the making up of this cardigan pattern here this also has neck extensions that are seamed in the same way.
  • Use a simple whip stitch seam for garter stitch sections, or your preferred seaming method – you can also use the mattress stitch.
  • Weave in loose ends.
Sleeve fitting
The sleeve fits into the shoulder ready to be seamed.

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