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Go-To Cardigan - Rowan Tweed DK Version

Go-To Cardigan - Rowan Tweed DK Version

"A tweedy classic."

We set out to create a knit that had the comfort and ease of a grandfather’s cardigan, with a little more style. The one you want to wrap up in on the weekend, but can wear to work and feel well dressed. The one you can knit in this cozy woolly yarn or a sleek linen blend.

Rowan Tweed DK is a natural for our classic cardigan, lending a crisp tweediness. Little 'nepps' of color give the fabric interest (and wardrobe versatilitythe little flecks help it 'go' with all sorts of pants and skirts). 

We graded the Go-To Cardigan in five sizes, but we recognize that no two women are alike. Learn more about our design approach and solutions to this issue on our Knitters' Notes tab.

Grab the Go-To Cardigan pattern below (if you don't have it already). Then pick a shade of Rowan Tweed DKyardage requirements are on the Basic Details tab. We’ve chosen 12 of our favorite cardigan colors here, but if you’d like to see the full selection of colors, head over to the Rowan Tweed DK yarn page.

This cardigan is designed with approx. 4–6" of ease, but because the shoulder is dropped slightly, it’s a little more forgiving in the fit. You can choose a size that will fit more closely or more oversized.
Sizes XS (S, M, L, XL). Information given for XS; S, M, L, XL in parentheses ( ).
Finished bust: 37½ (42½, 47, 50½, 53½):/95 (108, 119.5, 128, 136)cm, after seaming, including front band.
To fit bust: 32–34 (36–38, 40–42, 44–46, 48–50)"/81–86 (91–96, 101–106, 112–117, 122–127)cm.

Finished body length:
Measured from high shoulder (where shoulder meets neck) to hem. 26 (26½, 27, 27½, 28)"/66 (67.5, 68.5, 70, 71)cm.
Center back neck to cuff: 28½ (29½, 30¾, 31¾, 32¾)"/72.5 (75, 78, 80.5, 83)cm.

10 (11, 12, 13, 14) skeins Rowan Tweed DK (129yds/118m each). Shown in Color 595 Pendle.
Or approx. 1200 (1350, 1475, 1600, 1750) yds/1100 (1250, 1350, 1470, 1580)m of a DK-weight yarn that typically knits at 22 sts to 4"/10cm.

To lengthen or shorten body: Add or subtract approx. 30 (33, 36, 38, 41) yds/27 (30, 33, 35, 37)m of yarn per 1"/2.5cm of knitted length.

US 6 (4mm) 24"/60cm circular needle, or size to obtain gauge.
US 4 (3.5mm) 24"/60cm circular needle, or 2 US sizes/.5mm smaller than gauge needle.
2 ring markers; 10 locking markers; 4 stitch holders (we like to use extra circular needles, in gauge size or smaller, so we can knit off holders from either end); darning needle to finish.
Five 5/8"/16mm buttons; needle and thread.

20 sts/32 rows = 4"/10cm in stockinette stitch on larger needle, after blocking.

We graded the Go-To Cardigan in five sizes, but we recognize that no two women are alike: one woman with a 38" bust might be 5'10" tall, another 5'2". One might have narrow shoulders and long arms while another might have broad shoulders and short arms. Our solution was to design a shape that’s more forgiving than most, starting with the shoulder line and armhole: the 2" dropped shoulder isn’t expected to fit, so it offers more range. It looks nice with less drop on a broader shoulder, yet the shallower sleeve cap can drop even farther off a narrower shoulder without adding too much “schlump.”

Slight A-line shaping was another critical ingredient. It offers a bit of extra ease through the hips, a little less fullness through the bustline, and a nice point of contrast to narrow pants or leggings.

You’ll also notice that the fronts, with their button bands installed and overlapped, add up to a little more than the typical half inch of overall circumference–a nice detail for most women!

And a little short-row shaping at the hem gives a bit of drop to the center front and back, which keeps the side seams from drooping too much when your arms are down (which is most of the time, isn’t it?). It also keeps the front and back from lifting, for a timeless and flattering look.

We’ve all had the importance of stitch gauge drilled into our knitter brains, and for good reason. Knowing your row gauge, and maintaining it throughout, is especially important with this garment. Getting the desired V-neck shaping, armhole shaping and depth as well as sleeve and body length depends on a consistently accurate row gauge.

We sometimes find it helpful to knit two gauge swatches. Leave one swatch unblocked and “dress” the other swatch, meaning wet block, steam press, and let it rest, then measure stitch and row gauge. Then you can refer to the unblocked swatch while knitting: if your knitting is matching the unblocked swatch, you can feel pretty confident that your finished pieces will block to the desired gauge.

Digital Go-To Cardigan pattern. (Download)

Printed Go-To Cardigan pattern. (Requires shipping.)

COLOR: 588 Bainbridge. Classic crimson.

COLOR: 583 Keld. Woodland browns.

COLOR: 596 Reeth. Bronze and copper.

COLOR: 589 Hubberholme. Pine green.

COLOR: 590 Wensley. Teal blue.

COLOR: 594 Nidd. Cerulean blue.

COLOR: 587 Muker. Steel blue sky.

COLOR: 593 Gunnerside. Weathered indigo.

COLOR: 585 Askrigg. Midnight blue.

COLOR: 591 Burnsall. Deep, dark maroon.

COLOR: 597 Settle. Rosy purple.

COLOR: 582 Hawes. Rosy pink.

COLOR: 592 Litton. Pale sage.

COLOR: 581 Bedale. Faintly taupe.

COLOR: 580 Arncliffe. Oatmeal.

COLOR: 584 Buckden. Very light grey.

COLOR: 586 Malham. Charcoal grey.

COLOR: 595 Pendle. Black.

COLOR: 600 Tissington. Sunset gold.

COLOR: 598 Monsal Dale. Bright turquoise.

COLOR: 601 Beresford. Cool magenta.

COLOR: 599 Dove Dale. Dusty lavender.

6 White Shell Buttons (5/8"/16mm each)

6 Smoke Shell Buttons (5/8"/16mm each)

































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