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Welcome to the Custom Raglan Cardi Knit-Along! Let’s Get Started!

Each season we host a knit- or crochet-along, a virtual event in which yarncrafters come together here online to work on one pattern together, share their experiences, and to learn together. There’s no need to sign up; simply follow along with the blog posts at your own pace as you knit your sweater.

Hi, my name is Lauren, I work at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio, the Lion Brand flagship store and education center, in New York City. In addition to working on the sales floor, I teach knitting classes, and for the next several weeks, I’m going to be your knit-along host!

For this knit-along, the project we’ll be working on together is the Simple Raglan Cardi. However, we won’t just be making the pattern as-is, as we’ve done for previous knit-alongs. Instead, I’m going to be giving you ideas on how you can use the basic pattern as a starting point for your own design! We’re going to customize this project just for you! This is particularly exciting for me, as I don’t think I’ve ever knit a sweater without making at least a couple of changes to the written pattern.

Custom Raglan Cardi Knit-Along BadgeThe first thing we’ll need to do is choose a size. You’ll notice that underneath where the pattern says “Size”, it says “Finished Chest.” This is the actual measurement of the garment, which is a much more accurate way to pick a size than just choosing based on the small, medium, large tags. After all, when shopping at clothing stores, I’m sure we’ve all been one size in one store and a completely different size in the next! If you’re not sure of your measurements, get a flexible tape measure and measure around the fullest part of the bust. You should also measure yourself wearing whatever you plan to where under your cardi as this can also affect the size that you will make.

I have a bust measurement of 34 inches, so I’ve chosen to make the size 35, as I want my sweater to be fitted but I also want to be able to draw breath. You don’t have to choose the size closest to your bust measurement. If you want an over-sized cardi, you can choose a size a few inches larger than your bust measurement, and if you want a very tight fitting sweater choose a couple of inches smaller.

But what if your size isn’t represented? Well, you can always add more stitches or take off some stitches based on the gauge of the pattern. If you’re not confident enough to do that, you could always try following the pattern as it is using a smaller yarn and needles for a smaller size and a thicker yarn and needles for a larger size. [Click here for a blog post that explains how this can be done.]

Next you’ll need to choose a yarn. The pattern suggests using Martha Stewart Crafts™ Cotton Hemp, which is a worsted weight yarn, so you’ll have plenty of choices if you wish to substitute. I want to use a soft, spring yarn, and most importantly, I want to be able to throw it in the wash with my other clothes, so I chose easy-care Cotton-Ease in the color Seaspray. Other good choices would be Vanna’s Choice, Wool-Ease, or you can add stripes to your design the easy way, by using Amazing!

Now we need to decide how much yarn to buy. If you are making no changes to the pattern, that’s easy enough to work out, since the pattern tells you how many balls in the Cotton Hemp are needed to make each size. Cotton Hemp contains 64 yards per ball, so just multiply 64 by the number of balls needed for your size and you have the number of yards needed.

Small Medium Large 1X 2X
Cotton-Ease 3 balls 3 balls 4 balls 4 balls 5 balls
Vanna’s Choice 3 balls 4 balls 4 balls 5 balls 6 balls
Wool-Ease 3 balls 3 balls 4 balls 4 balls 5 balls
Amazing 3 balls 4 balls 5 balls 6 balls 7 balls
Martha Stewart Crafts Cotton
Hemp (as in pattern)
7 balls 9 balls 10 balls 12 balls 15 balls
Approx. yardage 450 yards 575 yards 650 yards 775 yards 1000 yards

But what if you plan to make changes to the length, sleeve length or stitch pattern? Or all of the above, like me? I find the easiest way to make an estimate is to look at a few similar sweaters in the same weight of yarn in my size to see around how much yarn was used, then I throw in an extra ball just to be safe, because as everyone knows, you can never have too much yarn!

Now it’s swatching time! You will need to have some idea at this point of what stitch patterns you are going to use for your sweater. If you’re looking for inspiration try StitchFinder. Remember, whatever stitch pattern you use, you will need to be able to match the gauge in the pattern or your sweater will have different measurements. If you want to use an allover pattern for the body of your sweater, keep in mind that this raglan pattern is knit from the top down, and grows outwards in each row, which means you will have a different stitch count every couple of rows, so you may find it challenging to keep in pattern.

If you want to add a little interest to your design in a simpler way, you could try doing vertical panels of patterns down both fronts, so your stitch count in the panels will remain constant each time, even as the sweater grows. Since I’ve never seen a sweater pattern that couldn’t be improved by adding a few cables, I knit two swatches, one in the cable pattern that I plan to use and the other in stockinette stitch, which will be the main body pattern.

We know that we are aiming for a gauge of 17 stitches = 4 inches. So to knit my stockinette stitch swatch I actually cast on 23 stitches. This is because the larger the swatch the more accurate it will be and also because edge stitches can be a little loose, so I want to make sure I can start measuring at least 3 stitches in from the edge. Then I work in stockinette for about 4 inches and bind off my swatch.

Knit-Along Stockinette Swatch Knit-Along Cable Swatch

Afterwards, it is important to wash your swatch in the same manner you will wash the finished garment, as even with washable yarns, this can affect your gauge. If you’re using a machine washable yarn and it’s not laundry day, just fill up the sink with lukewarm water and swish your swatch around a bit to get it completely soaked, gently squeeze out the excess water, then lay it flat to dry. When its completely dry, you can now take an accurate measurement.

Since I have three edge stitches on each side I lay my ruler about half way up from my cast on edge, three stitches in from the side edge and count how many stitches across til I get to 4 inches. If you are getting less than 17 stitches across the 4 inches, you need to go down a needle size; if you are getting more, go up a size.

It’s important to check your row gauge in the same manner. However, if you don’t seem to be able to get both stitch and row gauge, use the needle size that gives you the correct stitch gauge, as it is easier to adjust the number of rows in your garment to get the correct length. I also do the same process for the cable panel I plan to use.

So everyone, get swatching! Next week, we’ll go over how a top-down raglan works, how to work the yoke, and the benefits of this type of construction, especially when it comes to adding your own design elements!

In the meantime, leave a comment and introduce yourself! Tell us who you are, where you’re from, and how you’d like to adjust this pattern to fit your own style!

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  • This looks like fun. even tho it says intermediate I think I can do this. What great little sweater for this spring. At this time I am thinking veragated so probably wont add any special stiches, let the yarn shine.  I will need to lenghten the sleeve and body. Get yarn this weekend Carolee

    • I have done this cardi already it is fun to do and georgeous to wear

      • Need some help. In reading the pattern at the end of row five it says rep last 2 rows 25 times (for the size I am making) dose this mean 25 for knitted row AND 25 for purl row total of 50 or are the knit and purl counted as one row so truly  25 ? Thank you  

        •  Hi there, yes, you’ll repeat 4 & 5, 4 & 5, 4 & 5, like this until you’ve done it 25 times (that’s a total of 50 rows you’ll have done).

          • yes.  another self-check would be the number of stitches.  keep knitting those 2 rows back and forth until you have reached the number of stitches for the size you are working. 

  • I’ve already made this cardi in Cotton Ease, I love wearing it over my summer dresses for work since we can’t have straps showing, it’s also perfect for being in the air conditioning.  I’d love to make it again so I can have two or more different colors to choose from.  I’ve seen it done with the bottom half in a lace pattern, I’d like to do that as well as add a big button that closes over the bust.

    •  The bottom half in lace ! Awsome !

      • I would love to see a picture of the sweater with lace at the bottom.  I happen to be making this sweater rght not using Vanna’s Choice in Seaspray Mist.  I have followed the pattern exactly, but I am making it a little longer.  I know I will love it!

        •  Hi there, you can see some photos of a Lion Brand Yarn Studio’s student’s version with lace on the bottom by clicking here and scrolling down (it’s the 2nd sweater shown.

    • Isn’t it great to have a reliable pattern to go to.  I love the simplicity of this pattern and will keep the sleeve and body lengths but want to add a simple all over cable pattern.  I ,too, want to use Cotton Ease which I plan to buy this weekend.   I’ve been knitting for a long time but never joined a knit along.  I am looking forward to the shared experience. 

    • Did the lace begin at the underarms?

  • Can’t wait to get started.  Just finished a complicated aran knit vest and am looking forward to something easier.  I think I’ll get the Cotton Ease this weekend.

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  • How can you suggest that Amazing is a viable substitute for Vanna’s Choice??? I made this mistake on the last KAL -made my Wisteria sweater in Vanna’s Choice as the result of Lion Brand’s suggestion as I am allergic to wool. Vanna’s Choice makes a way stiffer a fabric than Amazing, and the garment just did not fall as nicely as the ones made in Amazing. This makes me skeptical about Lion Brand’s recomendations for yarn substitutions. Any suggestions???

    • I used Vanna’s Choice for Knitty’s Starsky and it became much softer and drapier after I machine washed and dried it. (I used fabric softener, not sure if that makes any difference.) Course the sleeves grew about three inches and I’m going to have to cut them and graft the cuffs back on to the sleeves.  Have you machine wash and dried your sweater? Did it help? 

      • Hi Tmoi: Thanks for writing back! (no one from Lion Brand has been on here to take questions from the looks of things) I soaked and blocked the sweater before sewing it together but haven’t actually washed and dried it yet. Was afraid that if I did that I wouldn’t be able to rip it out to change the sleeves if needed. What do you think?

        • Yours is going to be harder to fix because mine has turned back cuffs and is an oversize cardi.  I’m just going to cut above the cuffs, ravel the sleeve back and kitchener the cuffs back on. I’ll have to do some fudging because I’ll be taking out some increases, but I think the oversize nature of the sweater will make it work. Any imperfections in my grafting will be hidden under the cuffs.  Yours will be harder if the sleeves grow because you don’t have the turned back cuffs.  Of course if you never wear it because its uncomfortable. . .  I guess I would start by  washing it by hand and drying flat to see if that softens it up any. If that didn’t work I’d try machine wash and dry flat.  I think the dryer that causees acylic to grow. I hope you come up with a solution.

          I think the sleeves on this cardi are worked from the top down, which should make sleeve fixes easy peasy, since you’ll be able to frog the sleeves back an rework them if you aren’t happy with the finished product.

          • I find acrylic only “grows” in the dryer if you take it out while it’s still warm.  Let it cool completely before touching it and it is usually OK.  Works
             with some yarns anyway.

      • I have been told that using a fabric softener breaks down the fiber of the yarn so have not used it since then.  I actually spoiled an afghan after washing with Downey.  Any information regarding to use or not to use?  Does the type of yarn matter etc.  Thanks for your helpl.  I haven’t started my cardi yet but am enjoying just reading the blog.

  • I looked through the StitchFinder and think this might be really nice done with the Knit Lace:Crystal Chandelier pattern -is that doable??? I wouldn’t put the rib on the bottom though. The other option might be Simple Eyelet Diamonds. Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated!

  • Me again: Given the comments on the weight of Cotton Ease (and I couldn’t find any info on the draping ability of the Martha Stewart Hemp) perhaps the Cotton Bamboo blend would make the nicest, lightweight drape for the lace pattern. Could you please advise on the number of balls that would be required?

    • Hi Sharon,
      yes, both lace patterns would be do-able, it might be a little challenging have an all over pattern though, as it will be interrupted by the increasing for the yoke. As long as you’re confident you’re up for the challenge though, I say go for it!
      Cotton Bamboo is a lovely drapey yarn. It has 245 yards per ball, but it depends which size you’re making as to how many you will need.

      • I am an experienced knitter, but am interested in this KAL because it was advertised as using a customizable pattern. Will you be including information about how to make changes so that those of us who would like to use a lace pattern can do so?

        • Yes, I would like to know that too. I don’t have enough experience to do the lace without a pattern -have only done it with straight things in the past.

          • It can be quite challenging keeping the lace in pattern as the number of stitches grows, so if you’re not so confident with this why not try doing some lace panels down both fronts or down the back? I think this would be a better idea if you’re not so experienced with lace.

          • That is what I will do. Right now I am thinking of using the Large Cable and Eyelet pattern, putting one row of the pattern down the front edges like you did with your cable, and then putting the lace all the way around when the armhole ends. Sounds pretty, now I will have to see if I can do it!!!

        • Hi Knitstertoo,
          It’s possible to customize the sweater to pretty much any stitch pattern you like, but since there is so many variables and everyone wanting to do something different with their design, it might not be possible to cover everything involved in adding a particular lace pattern, but I’ll definitely be giving some general pointers about it in the next post!

          Seamless Crazy Lace Cardigan AT HALF PRICE!!!! Sorry Lion Brand, but they scooped you 🙂 I am taking that course at the same time as this and there is way more information given on fitting and styling choices. Only $29.99 now -such a great deal.

      • Just realized that the Cotton/bamboo is only available online so won’t come in time to start the KAL -bummer!! How will I know if another brand’s cotton/bamboo will work the same as Lion Brands??

  • I’m not sure your info on stitch gauge is correct.  If you have more stitches than the gauge calls for you should go down a size or two in needle size and if you are under the number of stitches, you should go to a larger needle size.  I also don’t think that washing a swatch by hand and laying it flat to dry will give the same gauge as washing it and drying it in the dryer, which is the way I handle my knits.  Laying flat always gives me a stretched out sweater.

    • Hi GrannieK,
      if you have more stitches over four inches than the gauge in the pattern, this means that your stitches are smaller then in the pattern, which means you would have to go up a size to make them larger. I know it’s a little confusing!!
      I usually lay my knit pieces flat to dry, but you should wash and dry your swatch however you plan to wash and dry the garment, as then you will get an accurate gauge according to your own way of doing things. Hope this helps!

  • Is there a “rule” about how many needle sizes you can go up or down without compromising the “holiness” of the sweater?  I need to go up 2 sizes of needles but it seems like the holes are so big that a shirt underneath would show through.  If you need to go up that many sizes is it better to choose a thicker yarn?

    • Hi Kathy,
      You should use, whatever needle size gives you the correct gauge. However if you don’t like the look of the fabric that you’re making, then yes, I’d say try a different yarn.

  • OK – I’m in.  This will be my first kintted project in a long time.  Ya’ll are gonna be there with me the entire way, right?  Afterall, this takes con$iderable inve$tment to end up with just another unfinished project in my closet. 

  • Oh, I’m old, gray, approaching retirement, and loving every minute of it!  I would like my cardi with 3/4 sleeves and I love Emily Katehis’s idea of a big button in the middle.  I’m making mine in the hottest pink I can find!

  • Hello, I like to do it with you all. Will be fun!!! how many balls are needed by weight, not in yardage for a size mediun/large? In my country the yarn is sold by weight.
    Thanks a lot.
    Ana Burton (Argentina)

    • Hi Ana,
      If you go to and click on the button that says “Our Yarns”. it will give you a whole list of Lion Brand yarns and their weights and yardages. Be aware though that substituting a yarn by how much it weighs is not a terribly accurate way to measure yarn anymore, since there are so many different types of fibers, different ways of proccessing and spinning yarns etc. It’s always best to go by yardage wherever possible.

  • Hi from Northern California~

    I will give this a try too! It looks like it doesn’t require too much yarn and it also looks like you could wear it with anything. I am going to try to make mine with a crocheted flower corsage near the shoulder. I might try a ribbon closure too.

    Happy knitting~

    • Ooo, a ribbon closure sounds really beautiful.  May I copy your idea Lori?  I think I have enough Peaches and Cream in my stash to make this.  Not sure yet what stitch I’ll use, but I live in Houston, so cotton is a must. — Anita

  • this will be my first ever clothing project. am i ready to step up from scarves and pot holders. have to start some day! thanks for the support in this blog

  • I’ve had lots of trouble knitting sweaters. Very excited for this!

    • This sweater is a great first garment . . . you will defnitely get the fit you need with this construction technique.

  • I love this idea!  I’ll be there all the way – can’t wait to hear all the comments.  I will probably lengthen the sleeves and the body of the sweater on mine.  Plan to do it in a black sparkle yarn, if I can find it in cotton.

  • I would like to join in for this KAL, but I can’t. I am finishing a lace shawl right now and have two more to knit before I do anything else. I am going to keep track of what is going on and the changes that are made to the pattern as you go. It will probably be July before I can make this cardi. Good luck ladies, I am sure you will turn out some beautiful garments.

  • This will be my first project with sleeves! I made the basic shrug as a step up from scarfs and hats. It’s great to have the help and support now that I’m ready to step it up. Think I will stay with the the stitch pattern suggested, but lenghten the sleeves ( that I will need help with) Don’t know anything about adjusting a pattern so I will need help with this. I will buy the yarn tonight!

    • Also think I will want to lenght to be a little longer,

    • What pattern did you use for your basic shrug?  I can only find ones that look like sleeves or a blanket.

      • I used Basic Shrug Pattern L 10061. I substituted the yarn for another lion brand in a solid color. It was easy and came out nice!! Try it!

    • Hi Maria,
      I will be covering lengthening and shaping the sleeves in a future blog post!

  • I just made this pattern in Sugar ‘n Cream and liked how it turned out. I gave that one away to a friend. Now I would like to make one for myself, but I’d like the length to be a little longer with 3/4″ sleeves. Will you be discussing how to do the lengthening?

    • Hi Joy,
      Yes I’m going to be discussing shaping and lengthening the sleeves and body in a future post.

    • Joy . . . what size did you make with sugar n cream and how many balls did you need?

  • I’ve been wanting to try top- down construction. This will motivate me to do it! I hope I can squeeze it in with all my other WIP’s.

  • My concern is that I have a great deal of difficulty fitting any kind of top to my body. A size 12-14 fits my shoulders perfectly, but will not even come close to buttoning. I usually end up buying a size 16-18 which is huge at the armholes and upper chest and shoulders. I’m not seeing this patrern as one where I will be able to alter it for this problem.

    Adding length and adding lace or pattern is easy, my problem, however, is not. If there is any chance that this will be addressed, I’m all in!

    • I think you’ll find this constuction technique quite easy to alter.  One piece top down construction is easy to try on as you go.  I’m sure Lauren will have several things that you can do to get a great fit.  Don’t be discouraged.

  • You sound so negative, but I guess you have your share of fitting troubles.  Try to be positive that this KAL is the answer.  I think you will find a positive attitude will be more much more successful.

    • Actually, I don’t think she sounds negative at all! Being large-busted comes with a lot of challenges, and who wants to wear (and spend time and money on) something that doesn’t fit?

    • I agree that Mboyd doesn’t sound negative, just in need of some help. I’m one of those very straight people and it’s often hard to select a pattern size because my bust/waist/hips never match the numbers given.

  • I am really looking forward to my first top down project! And my first KAL. I am currently working on a CAL on another blog and it is my first one ever. I love it so far!

    I have a beautiful gray yarn with pink flecks in it on hand that seems to be begging to be made into this cardi. Got it at a discount store so it doesn’t have any real info on it, but it is easily a medium weight yarn, so I am going to go for it. I am thinking 3/4 sleeves. The idea of one large button also intrigues me – i’ll have to decide as we go along.

    •   Grey with pink flecks very pretty !!!!

    • Is the CAL Bernat? me too, mystery is fun

      • Yes, it is Bernat. I am hoping to get my clue 2 pieces finished before the new clue is released Wed.! Getting close….

  • my first knit along, im excited!

  • Going to Stitch Finder made me think about making the cardigan — I’m thinking Cotton-Ease because I’ve had such good previous experience with it and would like it for spring — as is but making some floral or maybe butterfly motifs to applique onto the surface. Not too many, just two or three on one of the fronts. Any ideas for which ones to make and how to group them? Thanks!

    • That’s a great idea, and I’ll actually be duscussing adding applique or embroidery to your design in a future bog post!

      • yeeessss!  you just got me onboard.   I am just now finishing up my wisteria sweater.  I printed all the instruction blogs and started when I could.  I am excited about this project because of being able to adjust the pattern, and now applique or embroidery.  Time to start thinking about how I want to adjust my cardi.  Thank You for these KAL.  I love them. 

        • Oh, good idea to combine applique and embroidery for flower stems or some other kind of embellishment. I am looking forward to that post and to any ideas others share. I bought Cotton-Ease in Stone over the weekend, a good neutral to show off flowers in different colors.

  • Just realized I have 5 balls of Amazing that i will use. Do I still use the 2  suggested circular needles from the pattern? Seems as thought the Amazing yarn is much thinner than the cotton hemp or the wool-ease.P

    • Use whatever size needle gives you the correct gauge.

      • So do I start with the needles  suggested? Then knit a swatch to gauge it? Sorry im fairly new to knitting

        • Yes as a general guide, start with the needle size suggested in the pattern and then go up or down from there.

  • I am currently making this for my college age daughter in black tweed. It is coming out great and a lot of fun. Up to the back. Plan on using a stick closure instead of buttons.

  • This looks like fun… and what a great mother’s day gift it would make!  I’m going to try it as-is using some lovely green yarn that has refused to allow itself to be knit into two other projects.  How could it possibly object to this?  Can’t wait to see the variations and colors everyone comes up with. 

    • I have a dog and live in Colorado !

  • Hi
    i’m from France and I’m really happy to follow this KAL, because I actually want to start a top down cardigan. I want to knit it in wool and mohair (I already have it in my stash) and I want it long sleeve and with little ease.

  • I’m thinking Amazing with stripes and maybe feather and fan lace around the bottom

  • Just read this and I think I will join you and others in giving this a try. I have never knitted a sweater ,but I am going to try and do this. I will use cotton ease because I have crochet with this amazing stuff before and it handles beautifully and is easy to care for. Wish me luck and I will be in touch.

  • Excited! I’m recovering from surgery and will have sitting time to spend on this. I’m going with the small size in Cotton Ease Cherry. I’ve never used circular needles so I’m looking forward to learning something new.

    • Hi Janice,
      I’m glad you’re excited about the Knit-Along! I love circular needles and rarely use straight ones anymore! In this case, since we’re not actually knitting in the round, you can just imagine that they’re straight needles that just happen to be connected.

  • Buying my yarn this weekend. I am excited about joining this knit-along!!

  • How can I obtain pattern for this cute little cardigan please. Bev

  • its a nice simple pattern but would be more helpful specially for the beginers if there is a video of the pattern whike being knittedw, wjuz like other knitting website, they have video link to the free patterns for the new learner of knitting. i like lion brand yarns and patterns, and ould lwike to wsee thwat twhewy wwwill wstart dwoing the video and free pattern knitting to be able to help those who want to learn and wimprove in knitting.

  • My problem is small neck, narrow shoulders, no bust to speak of and a biggish belly compared to the rest.  Fitting is a bear with any top.  I need to knit the small and then from the bust down increase it for the belly without it looking strange.  Not sure how to do it.

    • Hi Urpesis,
      I’ll be discussing how to alter the body of the sweater for a better fit in a future post!

      • Thank you for telling us that there will be opportunities for fit issues as this is an enormous problem for me!
        When you struggle with odd body shape, it’s not negativity, it’s simple facts. Very excited to see how to alter fit!

  • Where can I find Cotton-ease?


      has cotton ease yarn by Lion Brand

    • Check in a Michael’s, A.C. Moore, or Joanne’s Craft Store

      • I have learned that if you have an AARP card, you can get a discount on what every you buy by showing it at Michaels on a Tuesday.  Might check your area and see if they do the same.

        • Thanks, But I dont have an AARP Card…..not ready yet   LOL

          • sorry, I didn’t mean to offend.  I just thought I would put that info out there for anyone reading the posts!  I just got my card and it has been fun finding all the discounts I can get now.  🙂   I got my yarn that way.  It was a fun feeling.

  • would love to join this kal – I’ve made many sweaters in worsted weight yarns in the neck down method – most of them knit, but a few crocheted too – great way to work a sweater – thinking I’ll try it in cotton/bamboo this time.

  • There are so many great yarns to choose from; I can’t decide where to start. I love the idea of the little cardi that can go anywhere. I think the lace on the bottom will add a nice touch and I like the big button closing. And I have so many WIPs; I’m not sure if I will be able to join in or not.

  • Can someone tell me why we can  Amazing yarn which is so much thinner than the Vanna’s Choice , Cotton Ease and the others. I am fairly new to knitting and would like to learn how to substitute. THanks

    • If you look on the ball band of both Vanna’s Choice and Amazing, they both have the same suggested gauge: 16 stitches over four inches. Amazing also has a little bit of fuzz to it, which adds to the thickness, even though it appears thinner than some other yarns.

  • I would love to join this if I have the time and money! Definitely going to try a lace pattern if I can. Maybe just on the front panels, leaving a stitch or two in stockinette next to the raglan increasing. Does anyone know how long this KAL is going to go on for?

    • Hi Morgan,
      I’ll be posting for about the next six weeks, but the blog posts will stay up forever so everyone can work at their own pace and continue to help each other for as long as it takes to finish your sweater.

      • Alright, thank you! It’ll probably take me longer than that to finish… Haha! I’m always excited to get started, but after the beginning excitement subsides I slow down. But I do love knitting! Thank you so much! 🙂

  • I have a bright Turquoise Cotton (Greek) that I bought on vacation in Bozeman, MT to do a top down short sleeve pullover…this looks like more fun.  I downloaded the pattern and have the yarn wound…I even knitted a swatch but plan on knitting another one with the needle size suggested (larger needle-7)  I took a class from Lily Chin and she suggested that you put 7 holes across the swatch if you use a size 7 needle  or 6 holes for a size 6 needle, etc.[use yo and k2tog to make holes]  I plan on doing that. 

    • Brilliant idea about the holes.  

    • Great tip about the holes -that way the swatch is forever marked!!!

    •  I love this idea of the # of holes made in the swatch to match the # of the size of the needles used.  I had someone tell me to tie knots in the tail of the yarn swatch to match the # of the size needles used.  Both of these are super ideas for knowing what size needle was used to make the swatch.

  • Hi All,
    I’m a beginner. Can’t wait to try this. Need help though. The gauge is 17 stitches = a 4″ row. Did I miss information on how many rows there should be in the 4″ swatch? Any guidance is greatly appreciated.

    Much Joy!
    Lori C.
    Southern California

    • Hi Lori,
      This particular pattern doesn’t specify a row gauge, so aim to match the stitch gauge. But do measure your personal row gauge, just for reference, it will come in handy later on.

  • I am Rehab from Egypt, just started knitting couple months ago, always crocheted but now want to get deeper in knitting, I am new in top to down cardis but will be fun to try it, I always have problem in guages as  always I get bigger measurements in my pieces , tried big needles and smaller ones but still I get over measurements !!

    • Hi Rehab! I am an American living in Maadi. Where do you buy your yarn? I know of one yarn shop, Tricot M near the Corniche, and there is a mostly needlepoint/embroidery store in the Maadi Grand Mall that does have some yarn. Any suggestions?

  • I am an experienced crocheter, but lately have used a Knook to “knit” quite a few pieces.  I am going to try to use it to make this cardi.  Hope this is not blasphemy – it’s just that, although I admire you knitters and your beautiful creations, I’ve never mastered two needles.

    • Loin Brand has a great top down crochet pattern similar to this one that I was thinking about making, but I might knit this one first. Dont let the two needles get you, one needle just holds the stitches up near the “hook”. Have fun with your cardi.

  • I am going to gie it a try, hope I can do it.

  • Hi –  I knitted this jacket last year – put 3/4 sleeves in it  –  easy as pie – just extend the length of sleeve
    before  decreasing.    Really handy when weather is changeable

    • Leone: What yarn did you use to make it?

  • Hey!  I’m in!  Been knitting for a while, but never a knit-along like this.  Sounds like fun!!!  d

  • I am going to make this in R E D red! That way I can wear it in the winter, fall and spring……cute over a yellow dress I think….would like 3/4 sleeves but I kinda like the body as is!

    • Changed my mind..upon further examination I think the neckline would look cleaner as an icord or something like that. Can I do the knit in icord instead of the ribbing?

      • Please explain what icord is? Never heard of it. Don’t like the ribbing on this cardi so looking for something else…

      • Hi Sewjesse,
        Yes of course you can do an applied I-cord instead of the ribbing. It’s your sweater so have fun with it! remember that the I cord won’t have the same pull-in effect as ribbing does though.

  • This will be my first KAL and my first top to bottom knit so am really looking forward to this project. Will definitely choose a button closure and like the idea of some sort of cabling or lace column pattern on the front. I live in France but am English. Happy knitting everyone!

    • Hi Sylvia,
      I’ll be covering how to add buttons and buttonholes in a later post, so look out for that! I also want to add buttons to my cardi.

  • Hello, This looks really nice and I would love to join the knit along, I am in the UK so would any DK yarn work? And how many grms would I need and what size needles in mm please Many thanks Lulu xx

    • Hi Lulu,
      The yarn is actually a worsted weight and not a DK. The needle sizes specified in the pattern are a US 6 which is a 4mm, and a US 7 which is a 4.5mm. But you should use whaetver size needles give you the correct tension.

  • Hi, everyone. This is the first KAL I’ve ever joined, but want to try it.  I seem to always be warm here in central Delaware so will try a cotton-ease sweater. I’m fairly tall so will also lengthen the body. Other than that, I think I’ll keep to the pattern as simple things make me happy.

    Happy Knitting!

    • Hello there! I’m also in Delaware Sussex co. I was super excited to see someone from Delaware on here!

      Maggie ~

  • I have some Patons Grace, 2 skeins in solid purple and 5 skeins of purple varigated that I’m going to try a swatch in. Also some Bernat cotton Peace and Love in Denim blue and swatch that too. 

    • Your yarn sounds beautiful.  Can’t wait to see finished.  Hope you can photograph and post.  

      • Thanks, I swatched the Patons Grace and it just doesn’t work, too thin. I don’t have enough to carry 2 strands so I searched on Ravelry and got another pattern with a little bit of lace work that I can use the Grace for. I also have a pale green and white skeins of that so I can make all 3 colors in the Soay pattern on Ravelry. I’m swatching the Bernat cotton now and had to go down 1 needle size but think I have it now. So I’ll be using that for this KAL.

  • Wow — I just started this sweater last week and have about 4 inches done, so was happy to see that I can continue by following along with everyone else.  Am using Berroco Boboli and it’s gorgeous.

  • I moved to West Virginia this fall and had to leave all my knitting buddies in Maryland.  I have been so lonesome for my knitting group.  I saw your knit along posting in my emails this morning and now I am looking forward to making that wonderful cardi.  I am off to the store to buy my cotton ease so I will be all ready to begin.  Wow !  How happy can one gal be??

  • Is the pattern being used the same as #70111?  I started this pattern but never got very far.  I am excited to try again knowing I will have help along the way.

    •  Hi Sandy, the patterns are very similar (same construction), but the stitch counts are different. Feel free to use the Cropped Raglan Cardigan if you’ve already started it it.

  • Hi, I’m an intermediate knitter but have never been into knitting sweaters. I tried to crochet one but it was very unflattering to my curvy figure and made me look fat. I’m trying this pattern in hopes of making something open weave, and light weight for the summer to drape over my cotton tank tops. Do you have any suggestions on yarn & stitch pattern for this? I am also thinking I should make it a little longer so I can give the waist some shape as I have a big decrease from my chest to waist measurement.

  • My first KAL, as many here. I love the simplicity of the pattern so I will make it as is, althought I love Lori’s idea of the flower on the shoulder, may have to try that 🙂

    I’m looking forward to knitting in a virtual group!


  • Wonderful response to this pattern – I have one in progress – working the body below the sleeves, I plan to extend the sleeves and body length.   Looking forward to the finnish project.

  • I am new to knitting and do not have circular needles, can straight be used?

    • even though it is not knit in the round, I do recommend using a circular needle because the entire body of the sweater is knit in one piece, so there will come a point where you will have to many stitches to fit on a straight needle!  Don’t be intimidated by circulars, just imagine that they’re straight needles that happen to have a string attached!

  • I’m from the UK.  Although I’m an experienced knitter I’ve never knitted anything from the top down.  This looks to be just the job to have a go at.  I’m in, and looking forward to wearing in the summer.

  • Ooh, this is just the push I needed to frog a too small bolero. Now I have just enough Cotton-Ease in Lake to make this cardi. I’m not crazy about all the ribbing, so I might try a picot or shell edging to soften it a bit.

    • How do you do that?? I also don’t like the ribbing -not sure this KAL will cover that!

  • I am thinking of knitting this pattern,have a little experience with knitting blankets but would like to try something new.Will follow your blog. In the directions,it calls for size 6 and 7 needles…is this 6mm and 7mm?

    • No, It is size 6 & 7 US, not mm

      • Thank-you Maria,I appreciate your reply. When I am ready to start,will have to check the gauge,as I will be using some yarn that I bought a long time ago,Red Heart Cotton Twist.First I have to finish a shawl I am knitting for my Aunt who is soon to celebrate her 90th birthday.

  • On this raglan sleeve cardi – why not add stitches for the button/buttonhole bands when you cast on?
    It would save having to go back and pick up stitches later, and be so much easier.

    • That is a really good idea -hopefully the moderator will see it!!!

    • Hi Joanne,
      yes you can absolutely knit the buttonhole bands on by adding more stitches either side. I prefer to add them on later because it gives me the opportunity to change my mind a million times before commiting to anything!

      • Joanne and Lauren,

        In the past I have worked a button band along with the rest of the sweater but wasn’t pleased with the outcome.  Since then I’ve found that picking up the stitches and working the button band after the body of the sweater results in a nicer finish and adds some stability that is needed especially when using a plant fiber or blend. 

        • Hi Jodie: Do you slip the first stitch and knit the last stitch to make the edges nice? I am wondering what kind of edge finish works best to pick up the stitches later.

  • I’ve not got my yarn . I like the ragian sleeve cardi. I’ve never been into sweaters. I hope I can

  • Hi, I’m excited to join in…my first KAL and my first knitting of anything fitted. I am a sock and shawl knitter for the most part but have been wanting to do something along these lines for a while. Plus, I usually knit for others and want to knit something nice for myself for a change : ) Going to get swatching now.

  • Has anyone bought the  “Needle Master Set w/case”   Interchangeable for circular needles, I have some circular needles that seem to catch or snag my yarn.  Need some input before I invest that kind of money.  I love the shrug, plan on knitting and I enjoy all the Lion Brand offerings and advise.

    • I have purchased the kit.  I have found that if I tighten the needle too much, the base of it flares and ends up snagging the yarn.  I have had to replace the needles I have done this too.  Hope this helps

  • Hello my name is Maggie, this is my very first knit along and my very first cardi. It’s all I can think about. I already purchased my yarn online a 100% cotton in country red. I am gifting this to my Mom for Mothers Day. I was hoping to get direction on what to do next. I’m terribly nervous and excited all at the same time. I don’t get out much lol.

    • and I may give it to my daughter…I hope it comes out okay as I like to knit things that don’t need any sizing….wraps/shawls, etc….the red sounds pretty….live in a smaller place/area and not much to do thus have to try something….I don’t get out much I guess!!

  • I have been knitting for 65 years but now my eyesight is going so this simple pattern is great for me.  I have done raglan pullovers but never a cardi.  I like raglan because I have very broad shoulders that are hard to fit with a set-in sleeve.  Never done a KAL before but might join this one if I can get (afford!) the yarn in time.

  • Olga here, looking forward to my second KAL.  Not sure which yarn I will use but will post it later.  Lauren, the cable swatch that you chose, will you do this all over?  I was interested in doing the mock right twist but I’ve only made one sweater before and it was in St st so pretty easy.  Could I do the twist just in the front ?  Or should I just stick to the original pattern?  I’m just not sure how to.  Thanks

    • Hi Olga,
      I’m actually just going to use the cable pattern once, down the center back of my sweater, and then I’m going to have a regular 2/2 cable going down both fronts. I will post pictures in the next blog. The cable in the swatch is  the Hour Glass cable from StitchFinder:
      Of course you could do the mock twist in the front. read next weeks blog for placement ideas!

  • So excited to start a new project. I’ll be using Cotton Ease in white, but will work the patttern “as is,” I have limited experience knitting, so changing it up is not really an option.

  • I have never used markers in knitting before are they easy to use 

    •  Hi there, yes, they’re very easy to use. See this blog post to see how they can be used. Hope that helps!

  • This looks like fun to do a KAL. I have always wanted to do a cardiac but too afraid to do on my own!

  • Hello from California!
    I’m excited to start my first KAL with you all! I just picked up my Cotton Ease yarn in lime. I think I’ll follow the pattern as is for my teenage daughter, and if it turns out OK, I’ll make another one for myself with 3/4 sleeves and a little longer length.

  • Markers are wonderful.  Very easy to use.  

  • I got my yarn today.  After 1 needle change and 4 swatches I think I’m ready to begin.  Happy knitting everyone!

    • beachkoz,

      I love that you did four swatches!  I am still swatching.  I want to do mine in an all over cable pattern but am still playing with the width and length of the cables.  I don’t want to draw the fabric in too much.     

      • thank you, but no one mentioned I also should wash/dry swatch, too.  This KAL is good for me; I haven’t knitted in ages and I always took shortcuts, so it’s about time I learned the proper way.

        • Yes, if it doesn’t fit right it’s so dissapointing.  And  I like the top down approach.  I always try my projects  for fit as I go and even with good swatching have had to rip out but in the end it’s worth it.  Oh and BTW I’ve changed my mind about the cables.  I decided that I really like the yarn over increases.  So, I am using a Dutch Lace pattern inserted in the front on either side of the button bands to tie in with  yo increases.  I just finished the 2×2 rib collar so I am ready to get started on my modifications. 

  • So happy to have found this KAL. I have never made a sweater from the top down before so am looking forward to giving this a try. I am intrigued with the comments about adding lace – I might try a lace insert down both or one front and perhaps a touch of ribbon embroidery. I need to decide on yarn and knit up a swatch! This will be so much fun… I am excited! Thank you for hosting this KAL and providing fitting tips along the way.
    Cyn; -)
    in S. Calif

  • Hi everyone.  I am SO EXCITED about this KAL.  I have never done one before.  I am kind of new to knitting, trying it off and on several times before.  I have done a couple of scarves, but have not had much success with guage on the few simple tops i tried.  Recently we started a once a week knitting group at work during lunch.  I am loving it.  Knitting with others is such a joy!  I really like this pattern.  Also thinking about 3/4 sleeves.  The lace sounds lovely, but not sure how you would work in the pattern.  I really like reading the posts, because I have fitting problems as well,  So I am very interested in seeing how everyone goes about making adjustments.  Please keep the posts coming!  Happy knitting!

  • It would be really cool to do this cardi with a cable running down each shoulder and one down each front. Can you share with me how to make this change? I am worried that I don’t have enough experience to do it all in the lace, which would be SO beautiful. Not sure if keeping st st along the seams would look good, and that would be the only way I know that would allow a 8 stitch pattern repeat. Any ideas from all of you experienced knitters out there???

  • I am looking forward to this, as I’ve never done a KAL before.  I’ve made about a dozen top-down cardis, but never from a formal pattern.  My mom taught me the ‘percent system’.  I already have some cotton yarn that I’ve been wanting to use and I think this will be perfect.  I’m already planning to add a pocket or two and some length to the body and the sleeves.  If it works out, I’ll be making a couple more for xmas.

  • Sounds like fun! I may try to make the sweater a bit longer, but otherwise it looks cute as is!

  • If I want the neck to be less open (a tad higher) would I cast on fewer stitches to begin?

    • Sewandquilt,  If you want the neck to be a little higher,  for a top down sweater you’d have to cast on more stitches.  You can look at it like a percentage system.  A typicl crew neck would have about 33% of the main number of stitches left at the end when going from the bottom up.  So, starting at the top you could add about 1/3 of the main number or 33% or even 30%.  I’d be careful to not add too many, especially for a warmer weather sweater.

      Happy Knitting,

      I just started my swatch.  I am trying out some cables

    • Sewandquilt,

      Sorry,  you were right, casting on fewer stitches to begin with would make you neck opening higher.  I don’t know where my head was at with my first reply.  The percentages that I included are accurate though. I guess going top down threw me off at first.  Since we are headed downwards and increasing the fewer stitches we add the longer it’ll take to get to our yoke.   
      Again sorry for the misinformation.  Jodie  
      I am trying mine in Bamboo Ewe.  I’ve used this yarn in the past and found that it wears well.

  • I would like to make this in a drapey cotton rayon kind of yarn,  I am alergic to wool.  Any suggestions?

    • Hi Michelle,
      You could use the suggested yarn, Cotton Hemp which contains no wool and has a nice Drape. Also the Cotton-Ease, Lion Cotton, or Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton would all work nicely for someone with a wool allergy.

  • I love this pattern. and thanks for the knit-along.  That makes it more fun.  How often will we get updates on your blog?      CArolyn  Tolo

    • Hi Carolyn,
      Posts will be up once a week. I’m glad your excited for the KAL!

  • I just knitted a 4″ swatch with Amazing yarn with #7 needles and I have too many stitches. I think if I have to go up 2 needle sizes it would be too “loose” and not look right.I think a single strand of Amazing is just too thin, I may try doubling the strand to see if I get the gauge if that doesnt work i will have to try another yarn.

  • I just purchased my yarn today, bought Amazing yarn in Acadia.  Love the colors.  I have made a swatch but it looks like I will have to adjust the needle size.  I have to admit I am a lazy knitter in that I have never knitted a swatch before starting a project.  I just knit and hope all turns out okay.  As you can imagine, it doesn’t work out too often with sweaters.  I do have several WIPs as I am not very confident with sewing seams.  I have knitted this sweater before and enjoyed it and it fits.  I am excited to join this KAL and am starting off on the right foot by planning on doing everything right from the beginning.  I have purchased extra yarn so that I can make adjustments.  Happy knitting everyone!  Dawn

  • I, too, have ordered Amazing yarn for this pattern.  I have worked with it before and I know it is a little thin but I hope I can make it work as I really want the self striping.  I also have a mild wool alergy but hope I can handle this little bit touching my skin.  Excited to get started!

    • Hi Joyce, Can you let me know what needle size to use for the gauge? I havent found the right needle yet. Thanks!!

      • P.S. I am using the Amazing yarn

      • After looking at this for a while, and realizing my Michaels was all out of Cotton-Ease :-(, I found some Patons Mosaic that is a beautifully verigated yarn in a very similar weight to the Cotton Ease. So that is what I am using -check it out.

  • I’ve made this and loved the top down construction. However, the neck band was so stretchy I had to weave a strand of yarn along the edge, pull it up to size and secure it. Hoping you may show an alternative casting on method that will solve that problem for me.

  • I can’t wait to try this KAL… I’m hoping that following a long I won’t frog this like I do with so many projects

  • I’m looking forward to joining this group project – going to use Nature’s Choice. Love the feel of this soft, organic yarn. Anyone else using it?

  • Hi! I’m excited about making this cardi. I’ve only ever made baby clothing. I’m finishing up a sweater for my nephew now. It will be nice to make something for myself. I was a little intimidated by the top down construction, but I will attempt it with your help. I bought my yarn, and I’ve just finished my gauge. I’m using   Impeccable by Loops&Threads in Aran. My stitch gauge is correct, but it takes me 25 rows to make 4 inches. So I guess I’ll have to adjust the length as I go. If it turns out well, I plan on making more in different colors.

  • Oh I fell in love with it the moment I saw it.
    I’m definitely going to make one for myself.

    Martha Butala
    martha_butala@yahoo:disqus .com

  • what does it mean to ‘frog’ a project?  curious where the slang came from.

    •  I, too, asked that question and was told it came from “rip it – rip it”, as in rip it out which is the same sound that a frog makes. Don’t know if that is true or not.

      •  Absolutely, Donnaj!…  Hopefully no “frogging” will be necessary for us!  🙂

      • works for me.  I’ve been giggling while I rip (already)!!!!!! 

  • Hi, my name is Melissa. This will be my first Cardi. Really looking forward to it. 🙂

  • Hi!  This will be my first KAL.  I’ve never made a top down sweater for myself.  I can’t wait to choose my yarn from my overflowing stash.  I will post more about changes to the pattern once I choose my yarn.  I’m from Virginia and have been knitting for over 30 years.  I look forward to this new adventure.

    •  Hi VaShirlgirl,  I’m from VA also.  I started knitting when I was in elementary school but stopped for a few years.  I started up again about 5 years ago.  I’m near DC, where are you located?

      •  Hi Dawn, I’m in Woodbridge commuting distance to DC. What town do you live in?

        • I’m in Falls Church! 

    • Hi Aunt Shirl! I can’t wait to go out an buy new yarn and needles for this project. Thanks for letting me know about it! 🙂

  • I have some gorgeous yarn that was a gift from my mother-in-law which I would like to use, but it is sock weight. Would this pattern be difficult to translate to that weight yarn?

    • the yarn is a single ply wool that knits up on US size 4 needles. I’m going to knit a swatch to get the gauge.  

      My question is, how difficult would it be to adjust the pattern so I could use this yarn on this size needle.  I would say I’m an advanced beginner knitter. I’ve knit socks, cables, and lace.

  • I have been knitting for a couple of years and have never tried to make a sweater because it intimidates me.  I am really excited to make my first sweater while participating in my first knit-along!!

  • I am in! This will be 1st knit along. I’ve made my 13 year old daughter a couple of similar garments. It is time for me!!! I’ll post back later with yarn decision. Probably small or medium……..need to measure.

  • HI!  I am from San Jose, CA.  I’d love to try this knit-a-long.  The pattern looks easy to follow.  It will be my first time knitting a cardi and joining a knit-a-long.  I don’t know what color I’ve decided yet.  Can’t wait to get started!   

  • I’m in! I have been knitting for many years, but always for other people. This is for me. Can’t wait to find yarn and get started.

  • This is my first knit-along, and perhaps the first garment made for myself. I’m excited to make the pattern my own. I like the idea of a lacy front. Sounds very springy to me.

  • I agree with others that the neck of this cardi seems too large, and I would like to raise and tighten it up a bit. (It never gets THAT hot here in Calgary). I was also thinking of making the sleeves full length.

     Changed my mind about the pattern when I went to my local Michaels and they were SOLD OUT of Cotton-ease!  But I did find Paton’s Mosaic, which is a lively varigate in about the same weight as Cotton-ease. Mine stripes from yellow -orange through the rainbow to purple in bright, saturated hues. I chose a solid yellow-orange colour for the ribbing and found a package of bright buttons in 7 different colours that just goes with the yarn perfectly, so I will be making buttonholes in the front band.(I am an artist, and I think this sweater says it all!!!) I am so excited. If this goes well, I will do another one incorporating the lace another time, using all the suggestions given here.

  • Where can we post photos of our projects along the way?

    •  Hi Sharon, you’ll notice that when you post a comment, there’s a little “+ Image” at the bottom of the text box. Click on it to add a photo. Hope that helps!

  • I have already cast on the neckline, and have finished about an inch of ribbing.  I’m using Caron’s “Simply Soft” from my stash – can’t afford any new yarn at the moment.  My problem is size, of course.  I measure 52″ at the bustline.  I’m making the largest (2X) size,  and since I usually have to drop at least one needle size to get gauge, I’m staying with the recommended sizes.  I want the sweater to be a little bigger around the body, because I live in the north woods and all sweaters must do more than just look pretty!  🙂  I will lengthen the sleeves a bit, though, to give a nod to the weather.  I do like the large neckline because it will be a sweet frame for a turtleneck or a pretty blouse!  Layering is everything up here – and it will also work in the few weeks of summer we do have!!

  • I know this is a Lion Brand site, but please help me – I have such a huge stash to use up.  Has anyone ever made this lovely little sweater using Malabrigo?  I have some gorgeous colors in that yarn, waiting to become something beautiful!!

    • Malabrigo makes many yarns in many weights (i.e., worsted, organic cotton, angora, rios, etc.)  Which do you have?  If you need a stash slashing suggestion:  Send me some yarn!  🙂

  • I think I may try to knit along with you.  I made this pattern a while back in a cotton and think I want to do it in wool.  I’m very interested in finding out more about adding a lace or cable motif to the cardi and where I could put them.  I also will be lengthing the sleeves and body of the sweater.  I have some black wool so I’ll need to swatch a couple of cable and lace patterns to see how they look since sometimes cable patterns get lost in the color

    Seamless Crazy Lace Cardigan AT HALF PRICE!!!! Sorry Lion Brand, but they scooped you 🙂 

  • So, I went ahead and started the cardi. I’m on row 1 (size 37 1/2), and I’m having a problem. It says I should have 96 sts by the end of the row, and I do, but there are only instructions for 94 sts. What should I do with the last two stitches?

  • I need help please!! I knit and washed and dried my swatches -one using size 8 needles = 16 st/4″, the other is size 7 needles =18 st/4″. Which needle size should I use??? I am making the medium size.

    • oh oh . . . I never thought about washing/drying swatches.  I hope my error will not result in total catastrophe.  I suppose it depends on how my yarn reacts when washed/dried.  Yikes.  I hate the learning curve. 

    •  Hi Sharon, some people find that if they switch to a different material needle (bamboo, metal, plastic, etc.) it changes their gauge, so you could try swatching again with a size 7 or 8 needle in a different material and see if that changes things. You may also want to knit a larger swatch (which will give you more accuracy, since your gauge will vary quite a bit over the entire body of a sweater) and then wash/dry it. Hope that helps!

  • Hi, I’m Becky from the UK and love the simple look of this cardigan so I think as this is my first top down cardigan I shall stick pretty much to the pattern in the first instance. If I love the finished garment then I like the idea f being able to play around with the design and seeing other peoples ideas. I have already completed my swatch, and couldn’t wait to cast on – now working on the yoke.

  • I don’t knit anything that needs a fit…shawls, wraps, etc….I do want to try making this.  I am going to go with the Cotton Ease yarn.  I know I can do this and make it fit…I think I would want to make it longer…okay now to buy yarn! 

  • Howdy! I’m Kim from Connecticut. I am currently a stay at home mom. I have just recently started knitting again. I have previously only made hats and scarves so I am looking forward to the challenge of making this cardi. I have also never done a KAL so it should be intersting!

  • I went through my stash of cottons and found a variegated cotton from Bernat. I have a variegated in white, pink and orange and coral.  I also have a solid coral.  I plan to make the ribbing in the coral, the variegated down to the armhole in the basic pattern, then change to the fan and lace pattern, striping the two yarns.  At least that’s what’s going through my mind.  I will also use the fan and lace pattern to increase the sleeves to 3/4 at this same junction.  I have completed my swatch and am on gauge, I just need to wash it and remeasure.  Will keep you posted on my progress.

  • The model in the photo is SO THIN!! Most of us are not built like that (can I have an Amen?). Glad you posted the link to show the sweater on ‘real’ people!! Did they have to do any alterations to the fit for the general pattern, besides just adding the lace at the bottom?

    • Glad the link helped! No, both Michelle and Jodi just made the sweater as-is for their bust-size.

      • Where is the link please?

        •  I had shared it in one of my comments. Click here to see the blog post. Hope that helps!

          • Thank you; it did help to see a couple on regular women.  Post more please!

          • If you’re on Ravelry (the free online community for yarncrafters), you can search for the pattern (Simple Raglan Cardi or the similar pattern in Recycled Cotton, Weekend Retreat Cardi) and then click on “projects” to see the actual projects that people have made with those patterns. Hope that helps!

      • Yep, I just used the pattern as is for my bust size (inserted some lace details to tie in with the yarn over increases) and since I put the sleeves on waste yarn have been able to try it on as I am going.  It’s a great fit!  I am happy with the results so far.  I am just finishing up the first sleeve. 

        Thank you Lion Brand!  I have been knitting for a looong time but this is my first KAL and I am enjoying this.


    • How do I find this link?  Thanks.

  • I started a top down cardi class about a year ago.  I was not happy with the color of yarn I picked or the way the cardi looked after I started.  I ripped out all I had done and reballed the yarn.  I really like this pattern and am going to try it with the same yarn.  I am excited about joining the KAL

  • I am wondering what you all think about making the ribbing opne color and the biosy another?  For example, black ribbing with a cream body?

    • That is what I am going to do. Bought some teal and some yellow orange -don’t know which will look best. Now trying to figure out if I should cast on with the contrast, or just begin after the ribbing, and then pick up the stitches and put the neck band on at the same time as the button band…. Any suggestions?

      • well, if I don’t follow the pattern I tend to get messed up, so I would start with the contrast yarn and work down and then change to the main color when I get to the body.  I am lovin’ your color combo by the way.   Sorry to everyone I posted twice, just getting used to how the comments are being posted.  Thanks!

        • Good idea!! I hadn’t thought of that -duh!

  • What do you all think about two toned, using one color for the ribbing and another color for the body.  Maybe black ribbing with a cream colored body?

  • Hi from Cranbrook BC Canada. I am looking forward to this knit along. I have a nice cotton and silk blend and have made adjustment for the slightly different gauge. I am going to do the rib in a purple and the main body in taupe. I am not sure if I will do a different stitch. I am quite fond the the stockinette look. I am considering a lacy pattern on  the bottom though similar to the yellow cardi in the photo. Have fun everyone!

  • I’m Wendi from Portland, OR, and I love to knit.  I’ve made top down sweaters for my daughter, but not one for myself.  I would like to do 3/4 length sleeves instead of short sleeves.  I’m using a beautiful navy soft yarn and I might add some small cables to the front panels.  Not sure yet.  I’m doing 3/4 length sleeves because the summers here in the Pacific Northwest are still a little chilly, and this will be a summer sweater.  If it turns out well, I might do another in another color.

  • I’ve made this pattern twice.  Once, exactly as the pattern indicates, and once with self-striping yarn for the body, solid ribbing, longer sleeves and length, and addiing a large button at the top.  Both came out great.  This is a very versatile pattern and I’d like to try it with an open eyelet design.  So many options, so little time.  This is a great pattern for anyone, any age.

  • Hi thanks for help with stitch markers, have used them now, but when I had knit a few lines and got into the pattern I discarded them as I find they get in the way’ I am from the UK and this is my first KAL and am really enjoying it. Love all the comments 

  • Hi, A 10.5 needle will make my gauge I need so do I keep that needle for the larger one I need and use a 10 for the smaller needle. Please advise. thanks

  • Think this will be a fun project.  Love doing top down sweaters. I learned to make them many years ago when I learned to knit.  I made my daughter’s Barbie sweaters.  It was a great way to learn the technique.Have my yarn, swatch, and am ready to start.

  • I am thinking about doing the Pointelle lace stitch in panels down each front.  But if we are knittng it top down, wouldn’t that reverse the lace stitch.  Should we knit the lace opposite as written?

    • Patty,  I’ve decided to insert a lace panel down each front also.  I am using what is called a Dutch Lace pattern.  And since it’s top down I should reverse the pattern but have decided not to becasue I like the way it looks upside down. But if I didn’t I would reverse the pattern. It’s worked over four rows.  So, in that case I work the rows 4,3,2,1.  

      Happy Knitting,


      •  Hi Jodie, after I did my lace swatch and turned it upside down, I think it does look good upside down, but ….that’s not the look I want.  It’s worked over 6 rows, with rows 2, 4 & 6 the same (on the wrong side), so I’ve re-written the rows as: 5, (2), 3, (4), 1 (6). 

        • Patty,   By any chance is your lace pattern graphed?  If so regraphing it by turning the other graph upside down may provide a visual that could be very helpful. Am I right in assuming your odd rows are purl?  What’s the name of your stitch pattern? 

            I added a diamond to the back of my cardigan and even though I’ve done them in lace patterns before the larger size I needed for the back of my cardigan was throwing me off when it came to the decreasing rows.  When I looked at a graph and sized it accordingly I finally go it.    

           Sorry it took me so long to reply.  I have really been enjoying this project.

            What yarn are you using?

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  • I had to wait for someone for a few hours, so I cast on my sweater and got started.  I have about four inches of stockinette so far, and I am really pleased at how friendly the pattern is.  My only concern is that the 29inch needle is not going to comfortably hold all the stitches (I am long from shoulders to underarm, so I will be doing extra rows before the sleeves).  I see a newly-purchased 40inch needle in my immediate future.


    • I saw this email, and I like the sweater pattern (very similar to our KAL), but I thought there was a fee, and I can barely afford this project.  

      • Hi Beachkoz: I know what you mean, but the class is on sale for 50% off, and if it makes the difference between making a sweater that fits, versus one that doesn’t, it is worth it IMHO. There is a ton about how to make a sweater that fits your precise measurements in the class, as well as all the lace stuff.

  • I have cast one and did the neck ribbing….now I have about 2 inches of the ss on the needles….wish I had longer needles than 29 inches so I could stretch it out and see how it fits/looks….I sure hope it turns out!  I love the pattern and so far no problems, but …….it’ll be good!:)

  • Sunday evening, northern Minnesota.

    Hi, gals.  I am at a nasty  point.  I’ve begun the sweater, cast on the proper # of stitches for the 2X size.  I’m using Caron’s Simply Soft Shadows (light navy with a faint lighter thread mixed in once in a while .  I’ve finished 2 inches of ribbing  and about 2.5 inches of stockinette (love this yarn – so soft, of course!)  The pattern YARN says 16 sts./4 inches on a #8 needle to get gauge.   The pattern itself says the gauge is 17 sts/4 inches on a #7 needle.  Confusing right off the bat, I see.  Now the yarn I’m using is 17 sts/ 4 inches on a #8, but I’m getting 20 sts/4 inches!   Got all that?  If I continue with current yarn and instructions for 2X, I believe I’ll get a noticeably smaller sweater.  Somebody agree with me there, so I can go on.

    Okay –  I actually measure 52 inches, so I want to make a size 3X.  Now don’t go away, please!!  Originally thought if I went up to a size 8 needle (one size larger than pattern specified, I’d get a little bigger sweater.  Not happening.  So I’m thinking of ripping out back to the ribbing, which is salvageable.  So – –

    First of all, has anyone done the instruction changes for the basic pattern for a size 3X? 

    Next, I have some marvelous green/deep blue Malabrigo worsted that knits 4-5 spi (that would be 16-20 sts/4 inches) on needles size 7-9.  I’m getting more interested in doing this with Malabrigo as I type.

    Not a big fan of swatching, but I can see the benefit if I do this now with the Malabrigo.  Only problem is – what gauge am I trying to get?  If I get the gauge as in the pattern and use the recommended number of stitches for the size 2X, my sweater will be too small.  I definitely need to cover the big “ladies” that God blessed me with. 

    If I keep up with the Simply Soft I will get a sweater that’s too small for me but would be about right for my daughter, who lives in France.  But she’s gotten more than she should have the past few years, and it’s time for me to have something nice and new!!

    Now I have upsized a few sweater patternss in the past, and will do this one if need be. Takes quite a while, though.  So I thought I’d ask first if anyone has done it for this sweet one.  I do so want to make it!

    Don’t know how things will post here, but I am:

    Nancy Reed (Austin High School, Chicago)  on Facebook

    chicagoboots(AT sign) on google mail

    geminiknitter on Ravelry 

  • 4 March 2012

    Hi, KAL managers.  I do not get the email updates for this KAL – what have I done wrong? 

    Also, pursuant to my long email about gauge, if I go to a #9 or #10 needle with the Malabrigo yarn and use the stitch counts for the size 2X, might that give me a 3X size?  Frustrating, this gauge business – always!!

    •  Nancy, I’m waiting for an answer too, to your problem.  I’m using Caron simply soft too.  My swatch came out fine, but when I got started on my sweater with #7 needles I’m now getting 20 sts. to 4″. And I’m wondering what to do.Sounds like we both have about the same amount done.

  • I have no answer to my gauge question, so I’ve moved to another approach.  I have such a huge stash that I can’t afford to buy any more yarn, as much as I’d like to do this in Cotton Ease.  Maybe next time.
    Anyway.  I have lots of Malabrigo, and now I’m thinking of using some of that.  I’ve done a small swatch, and have about 18 stitches to 4 inches, on a size 10 needle.  Pattern advises 17 st/4 inches.  I’m getting 1 extra stitch every 4 inches.  That sounds like an extra 12 inches, for instance, around the chest.  Yippee!  I want it bigger than a 2X (2X = 48 inches? – – – but I digress). 

    Please tell me that I can do this sweater, have it fit me (a 3X) and love it!!   :^)   I have lots of yarn……and it wasn’t cheap.  And it was blooming – sticking together! – as I wound the first skein!  I must use it!

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  • I am joining in this KAL late! I have been swatching this week but can’t get gauge. Will start again tonight with a new needle. I seem to be a tight knitter and should probably always start at least one needle larger than the pattern calls for! Might save some time… I chose Vanna’s Choice in Dark Grey Heather. I think it will turn out pretty!! I have crocheted a few shrugs but never knitted a sweater before… 

  • Everyone must be knitting like crazy, or on Spring Break.  No one is posting much.  Have we lost interest in our KAL already?

    •  Hi beachkoz, it’s possible that most people are posting on the more recent knit-along blog posts (weeks 2 – 4). To view them, be sure to come to the main blog page ( on Thursdays or simply click on the “knit-along” category on the right-hand bar of the blog in order to see all the knit-along related posts. Hope that helps!

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  • I got the nerve to start this sweater only because of the help available thru the KAL.  Funny thing is, I finished the sweater before I ever got around to figuring out how to join in the conversation!  If this actually shows up on the KAL site, I’ll have to take a picture of my sweater to share here.  I added a feather and fan pattern on the back and both sides of the front, keeping a few inches of stockinette on both sides between the patterned areas and a narrower stockinette section between the feather/fan and the front edges where the ribbing was added on.

    •  We definitely hope you will share a photo! Once you start typing in the comment box, you’ll notice that there’s a “+ Image” button in the bottom left corner of the box. Click it to upload a photo from your computer. Hope that helps!

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