Can you knit a rectangle in a simple stitch pattern? Then you can knit the Coral Cardigan! Knit as a rectangle, it’s a great knitted sweater pattern for beginners.
When a reader suggested I make a knitted version of my crocheted Seafoam Cardigan, I knew this project would be first on my WIP list. The Seafoam Cardigan is one of my favorite designs, and one of the easiest to work. So why not make a knitted version?
This piece is super versatile, and can be worn year-round. I used a bright coral-pink yarn, but this would be lovely in a soft neutral for fall.
Even though it’s made from #4 Worsted Weight yarn, this cardigan is worked at a loose gauge, giving the fabric a lovely drape. The flowy, over-sized style looks great on every body type. And best of all, it’s made from one rectangle! If you’ve never knit a garment before, this is the perfect place to start!
Knitting Pattern by Yay For Yarn
For the Crochet version of this cardigan, click here.
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Sizing follows the Craft Yarn Council’s standards for Women’s sizes.
– This sweater is designed to be over-sized and loose-fitting. Sizes are combined into size groups.
– Instructions and yarn requirements for Size 1 are given outside the parentheses, with Size 2 and Size 3 given inside the parentheses, like this: Size 1 (Size 2, Size 3).
– When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle or highlight all numbers that apply to your size before beginning.
To choose a size, measure around the fullest part of the bust.
Size 1: Fits sizes X-Small, Small, and Medium (30” – 38” OR 76 cm – 97 cm bust)
Size 2: Fits sizes Large, X-Large, and 2X (40” – 50” OR 102 cm – 127 cm bust)
Size 3: Fits sizes 3X, 4X, and 5X (52” – 62” OR 132 cm – 158 cm bust)
Finished Bust: 46” (57”, 67”) OR 117 cm (145 cm, 170 cm)
Finished Length: 23” (24”, 25”) OR 58 cm (61 cm, 63.5 cm)
You Will Need:
653 (828, 1027) yards of #4 Worsted Weight Yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver Ombre, 2 (2, 3) skeins)
US Size 10 (6.0 mm) Circular Knitting Needle, at least 36” long
Yarn Needle or Blunt Tapestry Needle
Gauge: 13 stitches = 4” (10 cm); 22 rows = 4” (10 cm) in stitch pattern
K2tog: knit 2 stitches together*
YO: yarn over*
*See instructions below to learn how to work these stitches.
Bring the yarn to the front, and wrap it over the right needle from front to back. This stitch is worked into as normal on the following row. It creates the little holes or eyelets in the lace.
Knit 2 Together:
Insert the needle from front to back into the next 2 sts at the same time. Knit through both stitches as though they were one.
How to work the Knitted Cast On
Make a Slip Knot and place it on the left needle. Insert the right needle into that slip knot as if to knit. Knit through the slip knot as normal, but do not lift the slip knot off of the left needle. Stretch the loop that is on the right needle, lift it up, and slide it down onto the left needle so the right needle appears to be inserted into the loop as if to knit.
For all following stitches:
Step 1: The right needle is already inserted into the first loop on the left needle as if to knit. Knit through the stitch as normal, but do not lift the old stitch off of the left needle.
Step 2: Stretch the loop that is on the right needle, lift it up, and slide it down onto the left needle so the right needle appears to be inserted into the loop as if to knit.
Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have cast on the correct number of stitches.
Before you begin, leave a tail about 1 yard long (we will use it for seaming later).
Cast On 150 (156, 164) stitches with the Knitted Cast On.
Row 1: K1. *K1, P1* across to last st, K1.
Row 2: K1. *P1, K1* across to last st, K1.
Row 3: K across.
Row 4: K1. P across to last st, K1.
Rows 5-6: Repeat Rows 3-4.
Rows 7-8: Repeat Rows 1-2.
Rows 9-10: Repeat Rows 3-4.
Row 11: K1. *K2tog, YO* across to last st, K1.
Row 12: Repeat Row 4.
Row 13-14: Repeat Rows 3-4.
Repeat Rows 1-14; 3 (4, 5) more times.
Repeat Rows 1-6 once more.
Row 15: Loosely Bind Off 84 (88, 92) sts. *K1, P1* across to last st, K1. You should have 66 (68, 72) sts left.
Row 16: K1. *P1, K1* across to last st, K1. With Knitted Cast On, cast on 84 (88, 92) more sts. To do this, turn the work so the needle with the stitches on it is in your left hand. Begin by inserting your right needle into the first stitch on the left needle and cast on the extra stitches with the Knitted Cast On. You should now have 150 (156, 164) sts.
Repeat Rows 3-14.
Repeat Rows 1-14; 3 (4, 5) more times.
Repeat Rows 1-8 once more.
Bind off Loosely. Leave a tail about 1 yard long, then cut your yarn and tie off (we will use this tail for seaming later.)
To Block: (video tutorial here)
For natural fibers, pin project out on foam blocking mats. Spray with water until fully saturated, allow to dry.
For acrylic fibers, pin project out on an ironing board or several layers of towels. Hold a steaming iron 2”-3” over the surface of the fabric, making sure all of the fabric is penetrated by the steam. Allow to cool / dry.
At this point, our piece is a big rectangle with a slit in it. The slit is the front opening of the cardigan.
Lay the piece out so the section with no slit is closest to you, facing wrong side up. This is the back of the cardigan. The slit divides the rest of the piece into two strips. Those are the fronts of the cardigan.
Bring each front section down so the short edge of the front section meets the short edge of the back section. At the top, the folded edges of the front panels make the shoulder portions of the cardigan.
Beginning at the bottom corner, line up the side edge of the front with the side edge of the back. We will be stitching the side edges together, leaving an opening at the top for the armhole.
Thread the long yarn tail from the corner through your yarn needle. Beginning at the bottom corner, we are going to whip stitch the side edges together, and stop about 2/3 of the way up.
Each time we take a stitch with the yarn needle, we will be inserting into one stitch from the edge of each panel, joining one pair of stitches.
Take your yarn needle and whip stitch 49 (51, 53) pairs of stitches together.
Insert your needle again through the same pair of stitches you just went through, wrap the yarn around the needle, and pull the needle through to make a knot. Weave in the yarn tail.
Repeat for the other side seam.
Enjoy your finished Coral Cardigan!
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