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Leanne’s Vintage-Inspired Cardigan Pattern

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This is the first adult-sized sweater I’ve ever knit.  And because I couldn’t find a pattern that was just right (easy with a smart vintage look), I made it up myself!!  I mean, that’s what one does when one doesn’t want to do anything too difficult, right?  Thankfully, my winging it didn’t end in ruin.  I am quite pleased with it and wanted to share my pattern!

I am apologizing in advance because I only have it written in ONE size.  This is because I really do not trust myself to correctly calculate different sizes!  If you

are brave, though, you should be able to figure out how many stitches to subtract or add to get it to fit you.

Also, this isn’t a very “fitted” cardigan.  It’s a bit blousy on me, so it could fit someone slightly larger.

ALSO–knit pattern writing is not my calling.  Hopefully it’s not too confusing, but if it is, please feel free to ask questions and I’ll try to help!

Without further ado, here are the instructions:

Vintage-Inspired Cropped Cardigan by Leanne

Measurements when laid flat, un-stretched: Bust: 38″  / Waistband: 29″ (with a lot of stretch in it) / Length from shoulder seam to bottom hem:  19″

Materials needed:
US 5 needles
US 7 needles
Upholstery needle
yarn: 803 yds / 740 m of medium/worsted/size 4 (This is an approximate number. I used 4 skeins of Vintage by Berroco and had about half of one skein left over. You should be pretty safe with the amount given.)
6 – 3/4″ or 5/8″ buttons

Gauge: 20 sts/27 rows = 4″ [10 cm] on US 7 [4.5 mm] needles.
(note: I am one of those who stubbornly refuse to acknowledge the importance of gauge, and this pattern proves I’m right! :) Hehe, well, sort of. My gauge ended up varying quite a bit but it does not affect this piece much because of its blouse-y nature, so do not stress about it too much.)

Abbreviations:
CO= cast on
BO= bind off
st/sts= stitch/stitches
k= knit
p= purl
ssk= slip, slip, knit: slip one stitch knitwise, slip the next stitch purlwise, then knit the two slipped stitches together
k2tog=knit two stitches together
m1= make one stitch

BACK:

With US 5 needle, CO 91 sts.
Work 1×1 rib for 4″
Switch to US 7 needles and work in stockinette stitch for 7.5 inches, ending with a purl row.

Armhole shaping:

(beginning on the right side):
Next row: BO 2 sts, k to end
Next row: BO 2 sts, p to end
Next row: BO 1 st, k to end
Next row: BO 1 st, p to end
Next row: BO 1 st, k to end
Next row: BO 1 st, p to end
Next row: BO 2 sts, k to end
Next row: BO 2 sts, p to end
Next row: BO 1 st, k to end
Next row: BO 1 st, p to end
Next row: BO 2 sts, k to end
Next row: BO 2 sts, p to end
Next row: knit
Next row: purl
Next row: BO 1 st, k to end
Next row: BO 1 st, p to end
Next row: BO 1 st, k to end
Next row: BO 1 st, p to end (69 sts remaining)

Continue knitting in stockinette st for 2.25″. End with a knit row.

(beginning on the wrong side):
Next row: p27, k15, p 27
Next row: knit
Next row: p25, k 19, p25
Next row: k27, BO 15 sts, k27
Next row: p24, k3. Attach new ball of yarn to beginning of other side of neck. With the new yarn k 3, p24.

(In the next rows, you will be working with two balls, one for each side of the neck. Sides will be worked at the same time, and held on the same needle.)

Next row: k to last 2 sts, k2tog. (next section): ssk, k till end.
Next row: p to last 3 sts, k3 (next section): k3, p to end.
Repeat last two rows until 23 sts remain on each side/shoulder section.

Continue knitting in stockinette st for 1 inch, remembering to k3 sts on the neck edge of the purl side. BO.

LEFT FRONT:

With US 5 needle, CO 48 sts
Work 1×1 rib for 4 inches
Switch to US 7 needles and work in stockinette st for 7.5 inches. (Note: When working the purl/wrong side, the first 3 sts of each row should be knit to create garter stitch at the front opening.) End with a purl row.

Neck and armhole shaping:

(Starting on knit/right side):
Next row: BO 2 sts, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2
Next row: k3, purl to end
Next row: BO 1 st, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2
Next row: k3, purl to end
Next row: BO 1 st, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2
Next row: k3, purl to end
Next row: BO 2 sts, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2
Next row: k3, purl to end
Next row: BO 1 st, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2
Next row: k4, purl to end
Next row: BO 2 sts, k to last 5 sts, k2tog twice, k1
Next row: k4, purl to end
Next row: k to last 5 sts, k2tog twice, k1
Next row: k4, purl to end
Next row: BO 1 st, k to last 5 sts, k2tog twice, k1
Next row: k3, purl to end
Next row: BO 1 st, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2
Next row: k3, purl to end
Next row: k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2
Next row: k3, purl to end
Next row: k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2

Continue knitting in stockinette st until it is the same length as the back, remembering to k3 along the neck on the purl side to create a garter stitch edge. BO.

RIGHT FRONT:

Buttonholes: This is the side of the cardigan where the buttonholes are, but will not be included in the instructions. They are worked on the knit (right) side. I have put in 6 buttonholes, each 2″ apart. Start the first hole about 3/4″ from bottom. To do this: k2, k2tog, yo, then continue knitting as per the instructions for that row.

With US 5 needle, CO 48 sts
Work 1×1 rib for 4 inches
Switch to US 7 needles and work in stockinette st for 7.5 inches. (Note: When working the purl/wrong side, the last 3 sts of each row should be knit to create garter stitch at the front opening.) End with a knit row.

Neck and armhole shaping:

(Starting on purl/wrong side):
Next row: BO 2 sts, p to last 4 sts, k4
Next row: k2, k2tog, knit to end
Next row: BO 1 st, p to last 4 sts, k4
Next row: k2, k2tog, knit to end
Next row: BO 1 st, p to 4 sts, k4
Next row: k2, k2tog, knit to end
Next row: BO 2 sts, p to last 4 sts, k4
Next row: k2, k2tog, knit to end
Next row: BO 1 st, p to last 4 sts, k4
Next row: k2, k2tog, knit to end
Next row: BO 2 sts, p to last 5 sts, k5
Next row: k1, k2tog twice, knit to end
Next row: p to last 5 sts, k5
Next row: k1, k2tog twice, knit to end
Next row: BO 1 st, k to last 5 sts, k5
Next row: k1, k2tog twice, knit to end
Next row: BO 1 st, k to last 4 sts, k4
Next row: k2, k2tog, knit to end

Next row: p to last 4 sts, k4
Next row: k2, k2tog, knit to end
Next row: purl
Next row: k2, k2tog, knit to end

Continue knitting in stockinette st until it is the same length as the back, remembering to k3 along the neck on the purl side to create a garter stitch edge. BO.

SLEEVES (Make 2):

CO 56 sts on US 5 needles.
Work 1×1 rib for 2.5″
Switch to US 7 needles
(Starting on the knit [right] side):
Next row: m1, knit to last stitch, m1 in last stitch
Next row: purl
Repeat the last two rows until there are 72 sts.
Knit in stockinette stitch for 2″ (end with a purl row)
Sleeve shaping (beginning with a knit [right] side):
Next row: ssk, k to last 2 sts, k2tog
Next Row: purl
Repeat these last two rows until there are 24 sts
Next Row: [ssk] 3 times, k12, [k2tog] 3 times.
Next Row: purl
Next Row: [ssk] 3 times, k6, [k2tog] 3 times
Next Row: purl
Next Row: [ssk] 3 times, [k2tog] 3 times
BO

CONSTRUCTION:
Using yarn and your upholstery needle, stitch together back and front sides at shoulder seams. Set set in sleeves. Stitch at side seams. Weave in ends. Block piece (wash it and let it dry flat). Sew on buttons.

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Author: Leanne

Lover of all things lovely, maker of things.

6 thoughts on “Leanne’s Vintage-Inspired Cardigan Pattern

  1. This pattern is absolutely stunning – I think you are amazing as I wouldn’t know where to start writing a pattern. I have the knitting know-how and the needles now all I need is the yearn. Can’t wait to have a go at making this. Keep up the good work. Lots of love :) xxxx

  2. Beautiful Cardie, I’m going to make it for xmas and team it with a pencil skirt – well done you!

  3. This is exactly the pattern I was looking for! I was even going to try to “wing it” by writing my own pattern. I am so glad I found your site, I’m going to make this cardi as soon as I finish my seamless sweater!

  4. Exactly the sweater my granddaughter wants. I am adjusting for size and can’t wait to get it done.

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