Men deserve lovely hand knits too! This design is complicated enough to keep the knitter interested, but simple enough that the man it’s knit for will actually wear it. If you are one of the rare men knitters, lucky you! You know you’ll like it. The rest of us have to try to read our gent’s minds…
This cardigan is very simple; it is comprised of basic stitches to make a lovely pattern so you can knit it up quickly and easily. The style is universally flattering to a variety of body types. The pattern stitches on the front, sleeves, and back can easily be switched out for different patterns or omitted for a more basic cardigan. This is a really versatile jumping-off point!
I have included in this pattern an option to knit it with or without contiguous pockets. The pockets are worked completely in line with the main knitting, so there is absolutely no seaming! Do pockets without seams seem too good to be true? Go ahead and give it a try! I know you’ll be pleased.
Yarn: 1150 (1300, 1500, 1750, 2000) yards/ 1050 (1200, 1375, 1600, 1825) meters worsted weight yarn. Please note this is an estimate only! Also, consider if you are going to lengthen or shorten the garment, as that will affect the yardage needed.
Shown in Maratona Baruffa colorway 41315.
Needles: Size US 9 (5.5 mm) cable needle with long (40”/100 cm) cable, or size needed to obtain gauge.
Gauge: About 19 – 20 stitches and 28 rows = 4”/10 cm unblocked; yields 18 stitches and 28 rows = 4″/10 cm when blocked.
Notions: 14 stitch markers (4 of which are a different color or otherwise indicated to be different), 5 – 7 split ring markers or safety pins, tapestry needle, 2 spare circular needles of a smaller size than the gauge needle, stitch holders (4 small), T-pins, blocking mat, rinse-free wool wash, and blocking wires (optional, but recommended), and 5 – 7 large buttons.
Techniques: Basic increases and decreases, knitting in the round, basic chart reading, and wrap and turns.
Sizes: Men sizes Small (Medium, Large, Extra Large, Extra-Extra Large) to fit the following measurements:
|Chest Size||Chest Circumference (Inch)||Chest Circumference (Cm)|
|Small||34″ – 37″||86.5 – 94.5 cm|
|Medium||38″ – 41″||95 – 104.5 cm|
|Large||42″ – 45″||105 – 114.5 cm|
|Extra Large||46″ – 49″||115 – 124.5 cm|
|Extra-Extra Large||50″ – 52″||125 – 133 cm|