Everyday Cardigan

Everyday Cardigan knitting pattern and tutorial from Polka Dot CottageEveryday Cardigan knitting pattern and tutorial from Polka Dot Cottage
A top-down, seamless-yoke sweater,featuring ribbing & seed stitch details,and minimal finishing.

From those first crisp moments of fall, to the last lingering chills of spring, a simple cardigan is a wardrobe staple. Throw it over your favorite tee, layer it under a light Winter jacket, wrap it around you as you sit by the fire and watch the falling snow… This sweater is meant to be worn every day. Whether you’re sitting around the house in a t-shirt and jeans, or hitting the town in a corduroy skirt and boots, an Everyday Cardigan will be right at home.

Knit almost entirely in stockinette stitch, the pattern is straightforward enough for a relative beginner, but includes a little bit of ribbing and some seed stitch details to add visual interest.

If you are a new knitter, don’t let terms like “ribbing” and “seed stitch” scare you off – these are simply combinations of knits and purls. If you can do those two stitches, then you’ve got this!

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Everyday Cardigan knitting pattern and tutorial from Polka Dot Cottage

Required Skills

The project is geared towards intermediate knitters and motivated beginners.  If you have these skills:

  • Long-tail and backwards loop cast-ons
  • Knit and Purl
  • Increasing and decreasing
  • Picking up stitches
  • Basic bind-off

then you can do this.

And if you don’t have a few of those skills? The playlist below can help you fill in the gaps.

Tools and Materials

This pattern fits chest sizes 32 (34, 36, 40, 42, 44, 48)”

  • 785 (834, 888, 988, 1058, 1136, 1215) yards worsted-weight wool or wool blend, like Cascade 220
  • One set of 5 US #7 double point needles
  • One US #7 (4.5mm) 32” or larger circular needle
  • One US G (4mm) crochet hook
  • Six 3/4” buttons
  • yarn needle
  • scissors
  • stitch markers
  • 2 yards of waste yarn for holding stitches

Topics Covered

More than just a simple knitting pattern, this ebook is like a mini-class. Each topic includes step-by-step instructions and photos where appropriate.

You will learn:

  • How to knit seed stitch
  • How to knit ribbing
  • How to make a buttonhole
  • How to knit a seamless circular yoke with seed stitch and ribbed details
  • How to separate the body from the sleeves
  • How to knit the body of a sweater with button band and ribbed hem
  • How to knit sleeves


  • How to choose what size to knit
  • How to make a gauge swatch
  • How to read a multi-size pattern
  • Links to resources to help you learn more

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Everyday Cardigan
Everyday Cardigan
INTERMEDIATE level, step-by-step knitting tutorial.
Fully illustrated, 16-page PDF.

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Everyday Cardigan - Just the Pattern!
Everyday Cardigan - Just the Pattern!

No tutorial, just the 4-page pattern PDF.

Price: $2.99

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Polka Dot Cottage Sweaters

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