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Knit Blanket Cardigan

By: Leneta Groshong from
Knit Blanket Cardigan
Knit Blanket Cardigan

"This Knit Blanket Cardigan is perfect for beginners. It knits up quick thanks to its super bulky yarn, and it requires absolutely no shaping (seriously, the body is a perfect rectangle)It's also highly customizable, as you can adjust the length of the sleeves or body with little fuss. The knitting itself can be finished in a week or two if you are a habitual knitter. After all of the pieces have been knit up, they are then stitched together and optional reinforcing can be added across the back/shoulders if necessary."


Knitting Needle Size11 or 8 mm

Yarn Weight(6) Super Bulky/Super Chunky (4-11 stitches for 4 inches)

Materials List

  • 9 Skeins of Bernat Softee Chunky Yarn - Super Bulky
  • 8mm Circular needles (I used 36")
  • Stitch Markers
  • Darning Needle


Note: The cardigan shown in the pictures fits size small/medium. To make this cardigan in a smaller or larger size, follow the stitch numbers as shown: Small/medium [xs, large] ________________________________________ Beginning/neck CO 115 [105, 125] stitches. Work in garter stitch for 6, [6, 7] inches, then continue to next step. Create arm holes On the next row, separate stitches as follows: K37 [34, 40], pm, k41 [37, 45], pm, k37 [34, 40] Each section will now be worked separately, creating three individual columns. Knit first section in garter stitch for 23 [21, 25] rows Knit second section in garter stitch for 23 [21, 25] rows Knit third section in garter stitch for 23 [21, 25] rows It should have roughly this shape:(see original pattern) (not to scale) Now, making sure you continue in the proper direction of the garter stitch, knit all the way across to rejoin the three columns. Continue working in garter stitch until desired length is reached. The cardigan featured in the images is 21 inches from top to bottom, unstretched. BO ________________________________________ Sleeves (x2) CO 4 [3, 6] stitches Row 1: k1, m1, k to last stitch, m1, k1 Row 2: knit Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you have 28 [27, 30] stitches On the next row, k1, m1, k1, m1, k to last two stitches, m1, k1, m1, k1 (32 [31, 34] stitches) Continue knitting in garter stitch, decreasing one stitch every 2 inches until sleeve reaches desired length. For the cardigan featured in the images, sleeve length is 21 inches from top to bottom. BO ________________________________________ Putting it all together Starting at the end of a sleeve, use a darning needle to sew the inside seam. Stitch up to the armpit, then attach to one of the arm holes on the body. Repeat with second sleeve. Weave in all loose ends to finish. Reinforce if necessary The cardigan featured in the images needed no reinforcement. However, with larger sizes and different body types, it may be necessary to reinforce across the back, so the shoulders do not slip down when worn. To do this, anchor darning yarn to the top interior of one arm hole. Then, run (not weave) the yarn straight across the back of the cardigan, making sure to run it through a purl ridge every 1-2 inches. Attach it to the top interior of the opposite armhole and tie/weave it in. This will create a straight line along the inside of the cardigan’s shoulders, preventing it from stretching. Add Buttons Some people also prefer to wear this cardigan closed, as seen on the right. To do this, simply try on the cardigan, close the front, and mark where the buttons should be. Then sew on the buttons. For button holes, add loops to the top corners of the body section. Congrats, you’ve finished your sweater! Enjoy

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I love the look of this pattern, however, the designer gives an impossible gauge for the yarn and the same yarn amounts for every size, even though it is specified to be in 3 different sizes. I would like to make it, but it will have to wait until I can sit down and reconfigure the gauge and mess around with it to make it work.


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