Colorwork can be intimidating, but you won’t find an easier way to get your feet wet in the technique than stripes on a flat-knit piece. You are only ever working one color at a time, and the color changes all happen at the ends of the rows, so there are no awkward joins to concern you.
This cardigan is worked entirely in stockinette stitch, with the exception of the neck, cuffs, and hem, which are all a simple ribbing pattern, and the button band, which is garter stitch. All of these stitch patterns are simply a straightforward combination of knits and purls. If you are able to knit and purl, you can make this sweater.
Consider a more subtle, earthy color scheme in beige and brown, or get bold! Use cream for the body, royal blue for the stripes and tomato red for the rest of the trim! The possibilities abound.
The project is geared towards motivated beginners. If you have these skills:
- Long-tail and backwards loop cast-ons
- Knit and Purl
- Increasing and decreasing
- Pickin up stitches
- Basic bind-off
then you can do this.
And if you don’t have a few of those skills? The playlist below (originally assembled for the Everyday Cardigan pattern) can help you fill in the gaps.
Tools and Materials
This pattern is written to fit chest sizes 32 (34, 36, 40, 42, 44, 48)”
- 606 (640, 684, 751, 803, 862, 928) yards worsted-weight wool or wool blend, like Cascade 220 for the main color
- 169 (184, 195, 227, 245, 264, 277) yards worsted-weight wool or wool blend, like Cascade 220 for the stripes and other accents
- 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.
- yarn needle
- stitch markers