This dramatic open cardigan makes the most of deeply textured brioche stitch. The blanket fronts are adorned with reversible cables and hang with a flattering tilt, thanks to architectural back shaping. Carpeaux is knit from worsted weight in one piece to the underarms, with sleeves knit circularly to the caps and then seamed in. The cables are charted, and thoughtful details like garter stitch selvedges and tubular edging give this garment professional polish.
1680 (1820, 2025, 2165, 2370, 2545) yards of worsted weight wool yarn
16 stitches & 46 rows = 4″ in Brioche Stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking
Note: For Brioche Stitch, each elongated stitch in a column of knit stitches represents two rows; when you count these it will appear that 23 rows = 4″
18 stitches & 28 rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch with Size B needle(s), after blocking
19-stitch panel from either chart measures 4″ wide with Size A needle(s), after blocking
Suggested Needle Size
Size A (for Brioche Fabric)
One 32″ or 40″ circular needle and one spare circular needle (32″ or longer) in size needed to obtain Brioche Stitch gauge listed
Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)
Size B (for Stockinette Stitch Fabric)
One 16″ circular needle and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs), in size needed to obtain stockinette stitch gauge listed
Suggested Size: 5 mm (US 8)
Size C (for Ribbing)
One set of DPNs three sizes smaller than Size B
Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)
Size D (for Sleeve Tubular Cast On only)
One set of DPNs one size smaller than Size C
Suggested Size: 3½ mm (US 4)
32″ circular needle can be used instead of DPNs and/or 16″ circular needle if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round (i.e., Sleeves).
Note: If you have adjusted the needle size to obtain the correct gauge, it may or may not be necessary to make a matching adjustment to the needle size used for Tubular Cast On due to variance in individual work. You may wish to test your chosen cast-on method on your swatch.
17¾ (19¾, 21¾, 23¾, 25¾, 27¾)” back width from center of underarm to center of underarm; approximately 35½ (39½, 43½, 47½, 51½, 55½)” circumference at bust with fronts overlapping
Intended Ease: + 5–6″ with fronts overlapping
Sample shown is size 39½” with + 6½” ease on model