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This pattern can also be found in my book Fast and Fabulous Knits: 18 Speedy Sweater and Top Patterns for Busy Knitters, which can be purchased via this link:


This seamless cardigan is worked in stockinette stitch from the bottom up with three strands of worsted weight yarn held together. You will first work the bottom section of the cardigan flat, before splitting at the underarm point to work the front right panel, then the back panel, followed by the front left panel. You will join the shoulder seams to create the armholes using the Three Needle Bind Off method. The sleeves are worked in the round by picking up stitches along the armhole edges. You will finish by working the button band flat by picking up stitches along the inside edges. Instructions on how to adjust the body and sleeve length of your cardigan are included.


Skill Level
Confident Beginner


XS (S, M, L, XL) (XXL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)
Finished bust: 41 (44.8, 48.8, 52.8, 56.6) (60.6, 64.6, 68.6, 73.2)” / 104 (114, 124, 134, 144) (154, 164, 174, 186) cm, blocked
Recommended ease: This cardigan is designed with approximately 11–13 inches / 28–33 cm of positive ease
Sample shown is knit in Size S.
Full sizing chart is included in the pattern.


Worsted weight, Malabrigo, Rios (100% Superwash Merino Wool), 210 yds (192 m) per 100-g skein, held triple, shown in Water Green, Aquamarine and Almond Blossom colorways


Any worsted weight yarn (held triple) can be used for this pattern as long as it matches gauge.

You will need to hold three strands together, each in a different color.


1508 (1705, 1890, 2188, 2385) (2520, 2941, 3259, 3533) yds / 1379 (1559, 1728, 2001, 2181) (2304, 2689, 2980, 3231) m total

You will need approximately 503 (568, 630, 729, 795) (840, 980, 1086, 1178) yds / 460 (520, 576, 667, 727) (768, 896, 993, 1077) m of each color


For body: US 13 (9 mm), 32- to 40-inch (80- to 100-cm) circular needle
For sleeves: US 13 (9 mm), 24- to 32-inch (60- to 80-cm) circular needle
For bottom ribbing and button band: US 10.5* (7 mm), 32- to 40-inch (80- to 100-cm) circular needle
For sleeve cuffs: US 10.5* (7 mm), 24-inch (60-cm) circular needle or DPNs
There is no direct US equivalent to 7 mm needles; US 10.5 (6.5 mm) is the closest size

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