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Quintessential Cardigan - Rowan Felted Tweed Version

Quintessential Cardigan - Rowan Felted Tweed Version

"Tweedy, timeless charm."

A timeless little hip-length cardi always manages to look modern. Ours has classic details: a pretty jewel neckline, knit-a-long button bands, full- or bracelet-length sleeves. In eight sizes and with two sleeve lengths, you can make this cardigan just right for you.

We knit this charming, tweedy cardi with bracelet-length sleeves using Rowan Felted Tweedone of our all-time favorite yarns. A little rustic and a little refined, Felted Tweed is on the finer side of DK-weight. It blends merino wool (for softness and spring) with alpaca and viscose (for drape, luster and stitch definition). Plus it blocks beautifully and seams like a dream. Is it any wonder it’s the quintessential yarn for this cardigan?

Grab the pattern below and choose a color from our selection of favorite shades of Rowan Felted Tweedsee the Basic Details tab for the number of skeins you'll need for your size. If you want to see all the colors available, just head over to the Felted Tweed page.

Cardigan is designed with approx. 2–4"/5–10cm of ease. You can choose a size that will fit more closely or more oversized. Details given for smallest size, larger sizes in parentheses ( ).

Finished bust:
33 (36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51, 54)"/84 (91.5, 99, 106.5, 114, 122, 129.5, 137)cm, after seaming and blocking.
To fit bust:
29−31 (32-34, 35-37, 38-40, 41-43, 44-46, 47-49, 50-52)"/74-79 (81-86, 89-94, 97-102, 104-109, 112-117, 119-124, 127-132)cm.

Finished body length:
Measured from high shoulder (where shoulder meets neck) to hem.
20¼ (20½, 20¾, 20¾, 21, 21¼, 21½, 21¾)"/51.5 (52, 52.5, 52.5, 53, 54, 54.5, 55)cm.
Full-length sleeve:
Measured from shoulder point to cuff:
21¾ (22¼, 22½, 22¾, 23, 23, 23½, 23¾)"/55 (56.5, 57, 58, 58.5, 58.5, 59.5, 60)cm.
Bracelet-length sleeve:
Measured from shoulder point to cuff:
17¾ (18¼, 18½, 18¾, 19, 19, 19½, 19¾)"/45 (46, 47, 47.5, 48, 48, 49.5, 51)cm.

6 (6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8) skeins Rowan Felted Tweed (191 yds/175m each). Shown in Color 197 Alabaster in size 45".

US 5 (3.75mm) 24"/60cm circular needle, or size to obtain gauge.
US 3 (3.25mm) 24"/60cm circular needle, or two US sizes/.5mm smaller than gauge needle.
Stitch markers: 2 ring markers; 8 locking markers or coiless safety pins for ‘clip-and- turn’ short-row shaping, button placement, and setting in sleeves.
2 stitch holders.
Darning needle to finish.
Seven ⅝"/16mm buttons; needle and thread.

22 sts/30 rows = 4"/10cm in stockinette stitch on larger needle, after blocking.

To be sure your garment turns out the right size, it’s important to swatch until you get the correct gauge. Stitch gauge determines the fit; row gauge affects the length.

Cast on 33 sts for a nice big swatch approx. 6"/15cm-wide; work in St St for 6"/15cm; bind off loosely. Measure and note unblocked gauge for reference when knitting.

Wet block your swatch; let rest for a day or two. Measure again—gauge may change after it relaxes.

Cardigan is worked at 22 sts/30 rows = 4"/10cm. Measure center 4"/10com of swatch (edge stitches may be distorted).

If you have more sts or rows per "/cm, your gauge is a little tight; try swatching again on larger needle. If you have fewer sts or rows per "/cm, your gauge is a little loose; try again on smaller needle.

Digital Quintessential Cardigan pattern. (Download)

Printed Quintessential Cardigan pattern. (Requires shipping.)

COLOR: 150 Rage. Red hot red.

COLOR: 154 Ginger. Deep rusty orange.

COLOR: 161 Avocado. Heathered chartreuse.

COLOR: 152 Watery. Rich weathered turquoise.

COLOR: 153 Phantom. Warm woodsy brown.

COLOR: 167 Maritime. Clear fresh blue.

COLOR: 159 Carbon. Smoky grey with a smudge of blue.

COLOR: 165 Scree. Barely blue stone grey.

COLOR: 183 Peony. Heathered orchid pink.

COLOR: 190 Stone. Heathery muted sage.

COLOR: 191 Granite. Grey with a blue undertone.

COLOR: 193 Cumin. Warm golden wheat.

COLOR: 197 Alabaster. Pale grey with blue and black flecks.

8 Natural Shell Buttons (⅝"/16mm each)

8 Shiny Black Shell Buttons (⅝"/16mm each)