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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 cardigan is worked mostly flat in charted cables from the bottom up. You will first work the back panel flat, followed by the front left and right panels. You will join the shoulder seams to create the neck hole using the Three Needle Bind Off method. To create the armholes, you will use the vertical Mattress stitch to seam the sides together. 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.


Skill Level


XS (S, M, L, XL) (XXL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)
Finished bust: 43.4 (47.2, 51.2, 56, 59) (63, 67, 71, 75.6)” / 110 (120, 130, 142, 150) (160, 170, 182, 192) cm, blocked
Recommended ease: This cardigan is designed with approximately 13.4–15.4 inches / 34–39 cm of positive ease
Sample shown is knit in Size S.
Full sizing chart is included in the pattern.


Bulky weight, Wool and the Gang, Big Love Cotton (100% Organic Cotton),
110 yds (100 m) per 100-g skein, shown in Eucalyptus Green colorway

Any bulky weight yarn can be used for this pattern as long as it matches gauge. A good substitute would be Katia, Homemade or Juniper Moon Farm, Bud.


708 (748, 849, 989, 1093) (1200, 1366, 1498, 1625) yds / 647 (684, 776, 904, 999) (1097, 1249, 1370, 1486) m


For body: US 10.5 (6.5 mm) 32- to 40-inch (80- to 100-cm) circular needle
For sleeves: US 10.5 (6.5 mm) 24- to 32-inch (60- to 80-cm) circular needle
For bottom ribbing and button band: US 9 (5.5 mm) 32- to 40-inch (80- to 100-cm) circular needle
For sleeve cuffs: US 9 (5.5 mm) 24-inch (60-cm) circular needle or DPNs

Orla Cardigan Pattern

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