A striped, retro-inspired cardigan featuring a relaxed, dropped-shoulder design that’s easy and quick to knit. Channel your inner ’70s style and select three fun colours to create your Retro cardigan.
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This design would be suitable for advanced beginners and above.
Sweaters are usually designed and sized according to standard bust measurements. This design is a little different. Instead of using bust circumference, I have used crossback measurements, meaning there is not a lot of difference in bust sizes. This means that the smaller sizes have a lot more ease around the bust and, as the sizes go up, the ease becomes less and the garment becomes more fitted. To ensure the best possible fit, especially around the arms, make sure you choose your size according to your actual bust size. I have also included the finished bust sizes so you can get an idea of how much ease your cardi will have.
Retro is a cropped length cardigan however, if you want to add length to the body just keep knitting until you reach your desired length before you knit the ribbed hem.
Actual Bust Size (choose your size according to these measurements):
32-34 (36-38, 40-42, 44-46, 48-50, 52-54)” / 81-86 (92-97, 102-107, 112-117, 122-127, 132-137)cm circumference at bust.
For ease of reading, the above sizes will be referred to in the pattern as:
1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
Finished Bust Size:
46 (47, 49, 50, 51, 54)” / 117 (119, 125, 127, 130, 132)cm circumference at bust.
Sample size is 32-34” (81-86cm) shown on a bust size of 34” (86cm). Ease is 12”(10.3cm).
400 yards / 366 metres in 100g
100% Superfine Alpaca
2 skeins of Main Colour for all sizes.
1 skein of CC1 for all sizes.
1 skein of CC2 for all sizes
Sample colourways are MC Paprika, CC1 Sand Drift, CC2 Maple Sugar.
Two 3.5 mm/US 4 circular needles.
2.75 mm/US 2 needles for rib.
Crochet hook for the provisional cast on, same size as the largest needle.
Stitch holders, waste yarn, tapestry needle.
24 sts and 32 rows to 4 inches (10 cm) in Stockinette stitch pattern using larger needles.
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