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Long Weekend Knitted Cardigan

This simple chunky cardigan knitting pattern can be knit in three different ways!

Updated June 18, 2019
Long Weekend Knitted Cardigan
Long Weekend Knitted Cardigan
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It can be hard to find a cardigan that's the perfect length for you, and that's where the Long Weekend Knitted Cardigan comes in. This free long cardigan knitting pattern can be made at hip-length or cropped to fit your personal style and can, of course, be knit in whichever color you wish to fit your wardrobe's color schemes. Since this open front cardigan knitting pattern is made in separate sections, you won't have to juggle a heavy piece on your needles as you try to finish up, which makes it a great project for on-the-go or in front of the television.

Easy

Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm, 9 or 5.5 mm

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

Gauge20 sts and 32 rows = 4"[10 cm] in Basket Rib pat larger needles.

Materials List

  • Patons® Classic Wool Worsted™ (3.5 oz/100 g; 210 yds/192 m)

    Long Version: Plum Heather (77307) - 9 (9, 10, 10, 11, 12) balls

    Hip Length Version: Grey Mix (00224) - 8 (9, 9, 10, 10, 11) balls

    Short Version: Blue Heather (77118) - 6 - (6, 7, 7, 8, 8) balls
  • Sizes U.S. 7 (4.5 mm) and U.S. 9 (5.5 mm) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 6 stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle

Cardigan

Sizes

To fit bust measurement:

Extra-Small/Small: 28-34" [71-86.5 cm]
Medium: 36-38" [91.5-96.5 cm]
Large: 40-42" [101.5-106.5 cm]
Extra-Large: 44-46" [112-117 cm]
2/3 X-Large: 48-54" [122-137 cm]
4/5 X-Large: 56-62" [142-157.5 cm]

Finished bust:

Extra-Small/Small: 40" [101.5 cm]
Medium: 44" [112 cm]
Large: 48" [122 cm]
Extra-Large: 54" [137 cm]
2/3 X-Large: 59" [150 cm]
4/5 X-Large: 64" [162.5 cm]

Instructions

  1. BACK

    With smaller needles, cast on 100 (112-124-136-148-160) sts.

    1st row: (RS).*K4. P2. Rep from * to last 4 sts. K4.
    2nd row: *P4. K2. Rep from * to last 4 sts. P4.

    Rep last 2 rows of (K4. P2) ribbing until work from beg measures 5" [12.5 cm], ending on a WS row and inc (dec-dec-inc-dec-inc) 1 (1-3-1-1-1) sts in center of last row. 101 (111-121-137-147-161) sts.

    Change to larger needles and proceed in Basket Rib Pat as follows:

    1st row: (RS). Knit.
    2nd row: Purl.
    3rd row: *K1. Sl1P.  Rep from * to last st. K1.
    4th row: *K1. Sl1Pwyif. Rep from * to last st. K1.

    These 4 rows form Basket Rib Pat.

    Long Version only: Cont in pat until work from beg measures 34 (34-35-35-37-37)" [86.5 (86.5-89-89-94-94) cm], ending on a WS row.

    Hip Length Version only: Cont in pat until work from beg measures 28 (28-29-29-31-31)" [71 (71-73.5-73.5-78.5-78.5) cm], ending on a WS row.

    Short Version only: Cont in pat until work from beg measures 19 (19-20-20-22-22)" [48 (48-51-51-56-56) cm], ending on a WS row.

    All Versions:

    Shape shoulders:

    Keeping cont of pat, cast off 10 (10-12-12-13-15) sts beg next 4 rows, then 7 (9-9-11-12-14) sts beg following 4 rows. Cast off rem 33 (35-37-45-47-45) sts.

  2. RIGHT FRONT

    **With smaller needles, cast on 46 (52-58-64-70-76) sts.

    Work 5" [12.5 cm] in (K4. P2) ribbing as given for Back, ending on a WS row and inc 1 st in center of last row. 47 (53-59-65-71-77) sts.

    Change to larger needles and proceed in Basket Rib Pat as given for Back.

    Long Version only: Cont in pat until work from beg measures 25 (24½-25-25-26½-26)" [63.5 (62-63.5-63.5-67.5-66) cm], ending on a WS row.

    **Hip Length Version only: Cont in pat until work from beg measures 19 (18½-19-19-20½-20)" [48 (47-48-48-52-51) cm], ending on a WS row.

    **Short Version only: Cont in pat until work from beg measures 10 (9½-10-10-11½-11)" [25.5(24-25-25-29-28) cm], ending on a WS row.

    **All Versions:

    Shape neck:

    Next row: (RS).K1. ssk (neck edge). Pat to end of row.

    Work 5 (5-5-5-3-3) rows even in pat.

    Cont in pat, dec 1 st at neck edge on next and every following 6th (6th-6th-6th-4th-4th) row to 37 (43-52-61-52-55) sts, then every following 4th (4th-4th-4th-2nd-2nd) row to 34 (38-42-46-48-54) sts.

    Cont even in pat until work from beg measures same length as Back to shoulder, ending on a RS row.

    Shape shoulder:

    Next row: (WS). Cast off 10 (10-12-12-13-15) sts. Pat to end of row.
    Next row: Work even in pat.Rep last 2 rows once more.
    Next row: Cast off 7 (9-9-11-11-14) sts. Pat to end of row.
    Next row: Work even in pat.

    Cast off rem 7 (9-9-11-11-14) sts.

  3. LEFT FRONT

    Work from ** to ** as given for Right Front.

    Shape neck:

    Next row: (RS). Pat to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1 (neck edge).

    Work 5 (5-5-5-3-3) rows even in pat.

    Cont in pat, dec 1 st at neck edge on next and every following 6th (6th-6th-6th-4th-4th) row to 37 (43-52-61-52-55) sts, then every following 4th (4th-4th-4th-2nd-2nd) row to 34 (38-42-46-48-54) sts.

    Cont even in pat until work from beg measures same length as Back to shoulder, ending on a WS row.

    Shape shoulder:

    Next row: (RS). Cast off 10 (10-12-12-13-15) sts. Pat to end of row.
    Next row: Work even in pat.Rep last 2 rows once more.
    Next row: Cast off 7 (9-9-11-11-14) sts. Pat to end of row.
    Next row: Work even in pat.

    Cast off rem 7 (9-9-11-11-14) sts.

  4. SLEEVES

    With smaller needles, cast on 46 (46-52-52-58-58) sts.

    Work 4" [10 cm] in (K4. P2) ribbing as given for Back, ending on a WS row and inc 1 st in center of last row. 47 (47-53-53-59-59) sts.

    Change to larger needles and proceed in Basket Rib Pat as given for Back for 2 rows.

    Inc 1 st each end of next and following 4th (4th-2nd-2nd-2nd-2nd) row until there are 91 (95-101-101-105-109) sts, taking inc sts into pat.

    Cont even in pat until Sleeve from beg measures 18 (17½-17-17-16-15½)" [45.5 (44.5-43-43-40.5-39.5) cm], ending on a WS row.

    Cast off in pat.

    Long & Hip Length Versions only:

    Pockets (make 2)

    With larger needles, cast on 31 sts.

    Work in Basket Rib Pat as given for Back for 5"[12.5 cm], ending on a WS row and dec 1 st in center of last row. 30 sts.
    Next row: (RS).*K2. P2. Rep from * to last 2 sts. K2.
    Next row: *P2. K2. Rep from * to last 2 sts. P2.

    Rep last 2 rows of (K2. P2) ribbing 6 times more.

    Cast off loosely in ribbing.

  5. FINISHING

    Pin pieces to measurements. Cover with a damp cloth, leaving cloth to dry. Sew shoulder seams. Place markers on side edges of Back and Fronts 9 (9½-10-10-10½-11)" [23 (24-25.5-25.5-26.5-28)cm] down from shoulders.Sew in Sleeves between markers.

    Long & Hip Length Versions only: Place markers on side edges 5" [12.5 cm] up from cast on edges. Sew side and sleeve seams to markers. (Leave ribbing open).

    Sew Pockets to each Front, approx 2" [5 cm] in from front edge and 3" [7.5 cm] up from top of ribbing.

    Short Version only: Sew side and sleeve seams.

    Front Band

    With smaller needles, cast on 18 sts.
    1st row: (RS). K1. (P1. K1) 8 times. K1.
    2nd row: (K1. P1) 9 times.

    Rep last 2 rows until band, when slightly stretched, measures length to fit up Left Front edge, across back neck edge and down Right Front edge, sewing in place as you work.

    Cast off in ribbing.

Abbreviations

K
knit
K2tog
knit next 2 stitches together
P
purl
Sl1P
Slip next stitch purlwise
Sl1Pwyif
Slip next stitch purlwise with yarn in front
Ssk
Slip next 2 stitches one at a time. Pass themb ack onto left-hand needle, then knit together through the back loops together.
St(s)
Stitch(es)
RS / WS
Right side / Wrong side
Pat
Pattern
Rem
Remain(ing)
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