We decided to share a great cardigan pattern with you. Although this cardigan looks like a jean jacket in style, it is a knitted cardigan and very ambitious. I share this pattern with you as I find it quite impressive. Such designs excite me and I immediately start researching to buy related yarns, I think many knitting lovers are just like me.
These patterns and instructions were prepared for experienced knitters. But I think you can achieve this with some support even if you are not experienced enough. I will help you as much as possible from here. How to knit this beautiful cardigan pattern? I hope these knitting instructions will work for you. Thank you for this adorable pattern shared Nako. Good luck to all …
Materials and techniques used
Material: Moher Delicate Bulky 23287 (3 balls), 11859 (4 balls) by Nako Yarns
Needle No: Fish-line needle No. 8 – 10
Knitting Techniques: Knit, purl, stitch releasing, 2-color brioche stitch,
knitting technique w/ return
How to knit cardigan, intructions and charts
Step-by-step instructions for this free cardigan pattern.
Row 1; right side; 1 row of knit stitch using needle no. 8.
Row 2; wrong side; using
needle no. 10, * knit 1, yarn-over 1, and repeat after the asterisk to complete the
Row 3; right side; using needle no. 8, * knit 1, release the yarn-over stitches
from needle, and repeat after the asterisk to complete the row.
* As of the next row, repeat the rows 2 and 3.
FRONT + BACK + FRONT:
1- Cast on 98 stitches w/ the yarn no. 11859 using needle no. 8. Work applying the motif as; 25 stitches for front + 48 stitches for back + 25 stitches for front.
2-In order to have front pieces in oval form; while working the stitches of back piece on every row, work 25 stitches of front piece applying the knitting technique w/ returns.
3- Starting at both sides of 48 stitches for the back, apply returns as 5+4+4+4+4+4 stitches.
4- When body length is 20 cm for front and 26 cm for back, start working 2-color brioche stitch using needle no. 10, as the yarn no. 23287 the main color and no. 11859 the secondary one.
5- When body length is 45 cm, center and divide the stitches as 25 for front + 48 for back + 25 for front to continue knitting as three pieces. Decrease 4+2+1 stitches at armhole ends.
6- Decrease 4 x 1 stitches on every row + 8 x 1 stitches at every 2 rows for neck opening to drop to 6 stitches.
7- When body length is 55 cm, bind off the stitches.
1- Cast on 27 stitches w/ yarn no. 11859 using no. 8 needles; work 13 cm applying the motif.
2- Start working 2-color brioche stitch using needle no. 10, w/ the yarn no. 23287 as the main color, the yarn no. 11859 as the secondary one.
3- As of the first row of brioche stitch, increase 5 x 1 stitches at both ends at every other row to reach to 37 stitches. Apply 2-color brioche stitch to the increased stitches.
4- When sleeve length is 35 cm, decrease 4+2+1 stitches at both ends for armholes.
5- As of the next row, de-crease 4 x 1 stitches at every 6 rows to drop to 11 stitches.
I love this cardigan but the instructions are not very clear. I think more explicit instructions are needed or a video showing step by step to complete. Also it appeared on an American website and the terms are not familiar. However, I did think I figured out the meaning of fish-line needles (circular needles?). Trying to figure out what is meant makes it that much harder and less enjoyable to make.
Hello. I’m Barbara and I am confused. LOL. I love your cardigan “looks like jeans” but am having trouble following instructions. I am unfamiliar with the term “returns”. Also do not understand forming the oval front edge in Step 2 or what I am trying to accomplish in Step 3. I apologize as I think this may be a language problem.
Could you make the pattern instructions more detailed?
Love this cardigan but agree with others could you please explain/make the instructions clearer or show video demonstrating instructions. Thank you
This sweater is lovely but as others stated, the directions are beyond challenging. My mom is knitting it and i have helped her twice now. #1…..in the “motif” section alone, the needle size is wrong per row, and one row is a knit, the second is a pearl…….then it will look like the picture that presents with a stocking stitch looking pattern.
#2….the increases and decreases need a better explanation…….what is 4+2+1?
You don’t need to be an intermediate knitter, but rather a mind reader……..just saying
I agree with previous comments that it is a beautiful cardigan, but the instructions is not clear at all. I have tried several attempts on the motif several times for the light blue part of the cardigan, but it does not look like the picture at all. Is their a clearer explanation for the stitch patterns used.
It also appears that the cardigan has a hoodie, but the instructions does not have a hoodie pattern in it.
I would really appreciate it if as the above knitters have a more clear pattern on this lovely cardigan.
I love the cardigan but the instruction is very chaotic and unclear.
I adore this sweater but it is confusing. I hate to repeat the others.
I was looking forward to knitting this, but after reading the reviews, I shan’t bother. Shame.
Help! Has anyone successfully knitted this cardigan? I’m decreasing the fronts and back but I don’t know what I’m doing, it’s doing my head in 😢
I am an experienced knitter and I agree with other comments. I can’t make head nor tail of the pattern. By the terms, I think it has been translated from Japanese. Too bad as it looks like a nice pattern. I imagine any simple bulky jacket pattern could be adapted with the brioche stitch, to get similar results.
I would very much like to knit this sweater but, I don’t want to start until the instructions are clearer to me.