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Easy knit oversize cardigan (free pattern)

You only need to know the two basic stitches (knit and purl) to make this comfy loose fit cardi. Two yarns held together create a beautiful tweedy texture; easy pattern makes it a lovely meditative Netflix-friendly project.

Photo credit: Natali Cohen

The cardigan is worked in one rectangular piece knitted flat in rows. Then you fold the finished piece together and sew the side seams leaving spaces for armholes. To achieve the marled tweedy texture, the garment is worked with two strands of yarn, one of each color, held together. You can also use a single strand of a chunky weight yarn for this cardigan (to ensure proper size gauge check is imperative).

You can also download a free printable PDF of this pattern here.

Tools & Materials:

Phil Lolita by Phildar: 33% polyester, 47% acrylic, 10% wool, 10% polyamide, 339yds/310m in 1.75oz/50g, colors Rose Fluo (2198) and Orange Fluo (2029), 5 skeins of each color, or a similar DK weight yarn in your color;

(suggestions for substitute yarns: Phil Light by Phildar; Angora RAM by YarnArt; Angora Gold by Alize; or airy chunky single strand yarns like Flow by GGH)

♥ 30”–40”/80–100cm long US#10/6mm circular needle or size to obtain gauge;

♥ 2 stitch markers, measuring tape, yarn needle, scissors

Finished Dimensions

Designed to fit most adult women with a lot of positive ease (loose fit). The following measurements were taken off the finished garment, laid flat and unstretched:

Gauge

Two threads of yarns held together, US#10/6mm needle:
4”/10cm = 12 stitches and 21 rows in stockinette stitch;
Take time to save time! It is important to check gauge for proper results. If necessary, adjust needle size to obtain correct gauge.

ABBREVIATIONS

k — knit

p — purl

k1bl — knit one stitch through back loop

p1bl — purl one stitch through back loop

st(s) — stitch(es)

rep — repeat

sl1p — slip one stitch purlwise

RS/WS — right side / wrong side

[ ] — repeat instruction within square brackets as stated afterwards

WORKING INSTRUCTIONS

With long tail method, cast on 145 sts. Work the first 2”/5cm in rib:

Rib Row 1 (RS) sl1p, [k1bl, p1] to last 2 sts, k1bl, k1.

Rib Row 2 sl1p, [p1bl, k1] to end.

Rep Rib Rows 1-2 3 more times, then rep Rib Row 1 one more time. Then work the next 9”/23cm in the moss stitch pattern:

Moss Row 1 (WS) sl1p, [k1, p1] to last 2 sts, k2.

Rep Moss Row 1 until your piece measures 11”/25cm from the cast-on edge, working the last row on WS. Then work the next 14”/36cm in stockinette stitch:

StSt Row 1 (RS) sl1p, k to end.

StSt Row 2 sl1p, p to last st, k1.

Rep StSt Rows 1-2 until your piece measures 25”/64cm from the cast-on edge.

Then work the next 9”/23cm in the moss stitch pattern (rep Moss Row 1), working the last row on WS.

Then rep Rib Rows 1-2 4 times and then rep Rib Row 1 one more time.

Bind off in pattern: knit sts knitwise, purl sts purlwise.

Cut yarn leaving a long tail for seaming (about 25″/65cm), fasten off.

Fold the finished piece as shown on the diagram above (see p.1) and make two side seams along the Rib and Moss Stitch parts, leaving openings for the armholes at the Stockinette Stitch part level. Fasten off and weave in all loose ends.

Voila! Your cuddly comfy lovely blanket cardi is ready!

You can also download a free printable PDF of this pattern here.

Enjoy it, share your work with tags #yaarnen, #wrapcardiyaarnen, and welcome back! 🙂

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