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Sunday Best Cardigan

This beautiful knitted cardigan is great for dressing up and dressing down!

Sunday Best Cardigan
Sunday Best Cardigan

Modern yet modest, the Sunday Best Cardigan is a classy choice any day of the week. This lovely knit cardigan pattern has a flattering a-line shape, classic three-quarter length sleeves, and fun seed stitch edging.

This knit sweater pattern looks great buttoned or unbuttoned and is a wonderful piece for layering over dresses, skirts, and plain tops. The best part about learning how to make a sweater as timeless as this one is that it is a closet essential that you will wear over and over again with countless outfits.

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm, 9 or 5.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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

Gauge17 sts and 22 rows = 4" [10 cm] using large needles in stocking st.

Materials List

  • Sheep(ish)™ by Vickie Howell (85 g/3 oz, 153 m/167 yds)
  • Sizes 5 mm (U.S. 8) and 5.5 mm (U.S. 9) knitting needles. Size 5 mm (U.S. 8) circular knitting needle or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Stitch markers
  • Stitch holders
  • Yarn needle
  • Two ½" [1 cm] diameter buttons.

Pattern

MEASUREMENTS

Bust: 37 (41, 45, 49, 53)" [94 (104, 114.5, 124.5, 134.5) cm].
Length: 23 (23¼, 23½, 23¾, 24)" [58.5 (59, 59.5, 60.5, 61) cm].

Sunday Best Cardigan Chart

BACK

Using smaller needles cast on 85 (93, 101, 109, 117) sts. Work in Seed st for 1½" [4 cm], ending with a WS row. Change to larger needles and St st. Work even until piece measures 5" [12.5 cm] from beg, ending with a WS row.

Shape sides
Dec 1 st each side of next row, then every 12 rows 3 times — 77 (85, 93, 101, 109) sts. Work even until piece measures 14½ (14¼, 14, 13¾, 13 ½)" [37 (36, 35.5, 35, 34.5) cm] from beg, ending with a WS row.

Shape armholes
Cast off 4 (4, 5, 6, 7) sts at beg of next 2 rows — 69 (77, 83, 89, 95) sts.
Dec 1 st each side every other row 4 (5, 6, 8, 10) times — 61 (67, 71, 73, 75) sts.  Work even until armholes measure 8 (8½, 9, 9½, 10)" [20.5 (21.5, 23, 24.5, 25.5) cm] from beg of shaping, ending with a WS row.

Shape shoulders and neck
Cast off 5 (6, 6, 6, 7) sts at beg of next 2 rows, 6 (6, 7, 7, 7) sts at beg of next 2 rows, then 6 (7, 7, 7, 7) sts at beg of next 2 rows. Place rem 27 (29,31, 33, 33) sts on holder for Back neck.

LEFT FRONT

Using smaller needles, cast on 45 (49, 53, 57, 63) sts.  Work in Seed st for 1½" [4 cm], ending with WS row. Change to larger needles. Next row: (RS). K38 (42, 46, 50, 56) sts, pm, work rem 7 sts in Seed st. Keeping 7 Front edge sts in Seed st and rem sts in St st for pat, work until piece meas 5" [12.5 cm] from beg, ending with a WS row.

Shape side
Maintaining pat, dec 1 st at side edge on next row, then every 12 rows 3 times — 41 (45, 49, 53, 59) sts. Work even in pat until piece measures 14½ (14¼, 14, 13¾, 13½)" [37 (36, 35.5, 35, 34.5) cm] from beg, ending with a WS row.

Shape armhole
Next row: (RS). Cast off 4 (4, 5, 6, 7) sts at beg of next row — 37 (41, 44, 47, 52) sts.
Dec 1 st at beg of every RS row 4 (5, 6, 8, 10) times — 33 (36, 38, 39, 42) sts.
Work even in pat until armhole measures 5 (5½, 6, 6½, 7)" [12.5 (14, 15, 16.5, 18) cm] from beg of shaping, ending with a RS row.

Shape neck
Next row: (WS). Work in Seed st across first 7 sts and place them on a holder, cast off next 3 (3, 4, 5, 7) sts, purl to end — 23 (27, 27, 28, 28) sts.
Next row: (RS). Work even.
Next row: (WS). Cast off 2 (3, 3, 3, 3) sts, purl to end.
Dec 1 st at neck edge on next row and every following alt row 3 times more — 17 (19, 19, 20, 21) sts.
Work even until armhole measures same as Back to shoulder shaping, ending with a WS row.

Shape shoulder
Cast off at beg of every RS row 5 (6, 6, 6, 7) sts once, 6 (6, 6, 7, 7) sts once, then 6 (7, 7, 7, 7) sts once.

RIGHT FRONT

Using smaller needles, cast on 45 (49, 53, 57, 63) sts. Work in Seed st for 1½" [4 cm],  ending with WS row. Change to larger needles.
Next row: (RS). Work first 7 sts in Seed st, pm, knit to end. 
Keeping 7 Front edge sts in Seed st and rem sts in St st, work as for Left Front until piece measures 2 (2½, 3, 3½, 4)" [5 (6, 7.5, 9, 10) cm] from beg of armhole shaping, reversing shaping and ending with WS row.

Buttonhole row: (RS). K1, p1, k1, cast off next 2 sts, p1, k1; knit to end.

Next row: (WS). Purl to marker, k1, p1, cast on 2 sts, k1, p1, k1.
Complete as for Left Front, reversing all shaping.

SLEEVES

Using smaller needles, cast on 43 (45, 47, 49, 51) sts. Work even in Seed st for 2" [5 cm], ending with WS row. Change to larger needles and St st.
Work even for 4 rows.

Shape Sleeve
Inc 1 st each side of next row, every 4 rows 0 (0, 0, 1, 8) times, every 6 rows 0 (0, 2, 8, 4) times, then every 8 rows 6 (6, 5, 0, 0) — 57 (59, 63, 69, 77) sts. Work even until piece measures 12 (12, 12½, 12½, 13)" [30.5 (30.5, 32, 32, 33) cm] from beg, ending with a WS row.

Shape cap
Cast off 4 (4, 5, 6, 7) sts at beg of next 2 rows — 49 (51, 53, 57, 63) sts.
Dec 1 st each side every other row 12 (12, 13, 13, 14) times — 25 (27, 27, 31, 35) sts. Cast off 3 (3, 3, 3, 4) sts at beg of next 2 rows, 3 (3, 2, 3, 3) sts at beg of next 2 rows. Cast off rem 13 (15, 17, 19, 21) sts.

FINISHING

Block pieces to measurements. Sew shoulder seams. Set in Sleeves; sew Sleeve and side seams.

Neckband
With RS facing, using circular needle and beg on Right Front holder, k1, p1, k1, cast off 2, p1, k1, then pick up and k21 (21, 23, 23, 25) sts up right neck edge, k across 27 (29, 31, 31, 33) sts from back neck holder, pick up and k21 (21, 23, 23, 25) sts down left neck edge, work in Seed
st across 7 sts from left front neck holder — 83 (85, 91, 93, 97) sts.
Next row: (WS). Work in Seed st on all sts and cast on 2 sts over 2 cast off sts of previous row.
Work in Seed st for 4 rows.
Cast off all sts in pat.
Sew buttons opposite buttonholes.
Using yarn needle, weave in ends.

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I made 2 of these. Great pattern!

This is the kind of cardigan I have been looking for, but it looks like there are only two buttons? I prefer a cardigan that will button up all the way in case it gets cool. It wouldn't be that hard to add more button holes, though. This one goes on my gotta have list!

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