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Shadow Cardigan



Make your own Shadow Cardigan using this free knitting pattern. I love the beautiful shadow effect created from this illusion knitting pattern.

Shadow Cardigan
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Knitting Needle Size: 3 or 3.25 mm, 4 or 3.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

Yarn Weight: (4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

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Feb 4, 2015

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Sep 7, 2014

Are there any written directions for this sweater? (Shadow Cardigan) I see the diagram with notes on it, but they are extremely hard to follow. SSR753


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Nov 15, 2011

I opened and printed this pattern on my 2010 issue IMAC. Printed beautifully-no troubles. Used photo glossy paper (enlarged photo with picture capture) for one large picture of the sweater to see detail. Thanks for the pattern.


Aug 15, 2011

Hi kmkush 6866997, The pattern opened fine for us; it appears that it opens as a PDF, so please make sure you have an updated version of a PDF reader, such as Adobe. Hope this helps! --Editor of AllFreeKnitting


Aug 12, 2011

I am also unable to open the page that contains the instructions! Would someone be so kind as to copy & paste the instructions for the shadow pattern (not the sweater) for me? I love the blocks. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!


Jul 6, 2011

I was able to download this pattern with no problem. It came through as a .pdf file, in spite of "Microsoft Word" in the title. Try opening it with Adobe Reader. However, I have another problem with this pattern. The description above calls for size 3 or 4 needles--with worsted weight yarn? The downloaded pattern is from New Zealand. Is it possible that the designer intended the needle size to be 3 mm (no equivalent US size) or 4 mm (US size 6) or possibly English size 3 (US size 10) or English size 4 (US size 10 1/2)? The pattern includes no stitch gauge information to help determine the needle size.


Jun 10, 2011

Downloaded this pattern with no deciphering the pattern is another story. Am I the only one with this problem? Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Jun 8, 2011

I just downloaded this pattern and printed it off. Maybe you are having difficulty with your internet or printer connection.


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