a Smart Cardigan

This is the 3rd pattern in my latest series that requires a little participation on your part to make it a custom fit and another one designed for Lynn at Knit 1 in Chicago. Knit from the top down in a raglan style I used a 1x1 rib for the body and a woven basket stitch for the sleeves to give this piece just enough interest to keep a simple shape from being boring.

The final look of this sweater isn't what I originally thought I would make but it's one I'm very smitten with. From the finished look of a kitchener bind off, to a slight cap shaped sleeve, to the buttons made by crocheting around a small ring the detailed touches are what make this sweater smart indeed.

Knit using Lorna's Laces organic merino Green Line DK (145yds; color: Chagrin) and a #8; gauge 8sts in both 1x1 rib (not pulled) & woven basket stitch and 5 rows to the inch.

Techniques used: Kitchener bind off, picking up stitches, the increases KFB (knit into the front & back), M1 (make 1) the lifted bar increase both left & right leaning, left & right leaning decreases SSK & K2tog. I created an increase & decrease to maintain a consistent side seam which is fully explained in the pattern.

This is pattern is for the intermediate level knitter.

Available as a PDF download. $6.50


  1. it looks beautiful!! I love the looped button closure, it gives the cardigan a little Asian flair. So pretty.

  2. Thanks Julie! I debated about the closures and when I finally made these buttons I thought it really completed the piece.

  3. I've seen this sweater up close--and it's a masterpiece. All the lovely little details, like the kitchener bind off, and the buttons with the loops. It's incredible!

  4. This is a simple yet elegant design. I think it would look greaat on any body shape. Thanks!

    Peggy (pontiac39@cableone.net)


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