Last year I posted a pattern for a chunky cardy. It was my first ever attempt at writing a pattern and being a bit of a novice knitter I wasn’t sure if a) anyone would be interested in knitting it, and b) if it would be any good! Since then I’ve worked with brands to design patterns for them (a total pinch yourself moment!) so I guess it must have been ok!
I’ve been asked if I could put another easy to follow design on my blog and after working on a few ideas, here it is!
Just a little note before you pick up your needles… remember to give yourself plenty of time and familiarise yourself with the pattern by reading through it a couple of times if you’re a new knitter! It’s easy to want to rush and get the project finished, but thats when mistakes are made. I would also recommend knitting a tension square* before you start.
*A tension square is a small sample of your knitting where you count the stitches and rows and check them against the tension given in the pattern. If you get more stitches/rows than the pattern’s tension, it means your knitting is tighter. If you get less stitches/rows than the pattern, your knitting is looser.
Tension square for this pattern…
Stocking stitch using size 15 needles – Cast on 10 stitches and knit 10 rows to equal a 10cm square.
Right… lets get started!
You will need…
1 pair 15mm needles
6 balls of chunky yarn (I used Sublime Lola by Sirdar)
Back: Cast on 49 stitches
Row 1 (right side) Knit one Purl one and repeat to the end of the row.
Row 2 (wrong side) Purl one Knit one and repeat to the end of the row. (These rows begin to form the rib)
Repeat this pattern for a further 6 rows creating an 8 row rib.
Row 9 (RS) Knit to the end of the row.
Row 10 (WS) Purl to the end of the row. Repeat K1 row P1 row until the back of your cardigan measures 65cm.
Cast off all 49 stitches.
Front Left: Cast on 23 stitches
Row 1: (Right side) Knit one, purl one until you have 3 stitches remaining. Then knit one stitch, put the yarn to the back and slip one stitch, put the yarn to the front and knit the final stitch.
Row 2: With the yarn in back slip the first stitch, take the yarn to the front and knit a stitch, put the yarn to the back and slip the next stitch. Continue the row with knit one purl one until you reach the end.
This will form the rib and slip stitch edge.
Repeat the pattern for a further 6 rows to create the rib.
Knit one row continuing with the slip stitch on the end then start the next row with the slip stitch and Purl to the end.
Repeat this pattern until your work matches the back.
Cast off all 23 stitches.
Front Right: Cast on 23 stitches
Row 1: Knit one, yarn back and slip one stitch, Yarn front and knit one stitch. Then purl one, knit one until you reach the end of the row.
Row 2: Purl one, knit one until you have 3 stitches remaining then with the yarn in back slip one stitch, yarn to the front and knit one stitch, then put the yarn to the back and slip the final stitch.
Repeat this pattern for a further 6 rows to create the rib.
Slipstitch the start of the row starting with a knit row, then a purl row and continue this until your work matches the back.
Cast off all 23 stitches.
Sleeve (Make 2): cast on 20 stitches.
Work in a rib pattern for 6 rows.
Row 7 (RS) Knit to end
Row 8 (WS) Purl to end
Increase by 1 stitch at the start of your next knit row and by 1 stitch at the end of the row leaving you with 22 stitches
Increase by 1 stitch at the start of your purl row and by 1 stitch at the end of the row leaving you with 24 stitches
Increase by 1 stitch at the start of your knit row and by 1 stitch at the end of the row leaving you with 26 stitches
Increase by 1 stitch at the start of your purl row and by 1 stitch at the end of the row leaving you with 28 stitches
Continue K1 row P1 row until your work measures 45cm
Cast off all 28 stitches.
Join the shoulder seams to the back piece, leaving 3 stitches free in the back of the neck
Sew up the side seams leaving the armholes open.
Sew in the sleeves and you’re done!
If you fancy knitting this with the purl stitch on the right side, follow the pattern but instead of starting your first rows after the rib with a knit stitch row, use a purl stitch row!
So there you have it! If you make one please let me know and if you come into any problems please ask and I’ll try to help you out!