Pattern: The Midtown Cardigan

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Knit this oversized, relaxed, and slouchy cardigan using the beautiful garter stitch!  The Midtown Cardigan is a classic wardrobe staple that can be worn year-round, adding a stylish touch to any outfit.  This drop sleeve cardigan is knit with superwash merino wool and is extremely soft, lightweight and easy to care for since it is machine washable.  If you have been wanting to add more handmade to your wardrobe, give this beginner-friendly knitted garment a try!

The Midtown Cardigan Knit Pattern

Materials:

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The Midtown Cardigan Knit Pattern

Gauge: 20 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches

Final Measurements:

  • Width across back: 28″/71 cm (S), 30″/76 cm (M), 32″/81 cm (L), 34″/86 cm (XL)
  • Length: 22″/56 cm (S), 23″/58 cm (M), 24″/61 cm (L), 25″/64 cm (XL)
  • Sleeves: 12.5″/32 cm (stays the same as panels bend down to become part of sleeve)

Approximate Yardage/Number of Skeins Required:

Small: 5 skeins, ~500 g/1530 yards

Medium: 6 skeins, ~565 g/1729 yards

Large: 7 skeins, ~640 g/1958 yards

Extra Large: 8 skeins, ~730 g/2234 yards

The Midtown Cardigan Knit Pattern

Notes:

  • KFB = Knit Front and Back Increase: Step 1: Knit the first stitch on your main needle.  Step 2: Before taking the stitch off the main needle, insert the tip of your working needle into the backside of the loop and knit it through the back loop.  Then pull the stitch off the needle.  See tutorial and video on how to do KFB HERE on New Stitch A Day.
  • One back panel and two fronts panels are knitted in garter stitch and seamed together at the top and sides, leaving space for the arm holes.  These panels are worked from the bottom up starting with the ribbing.  The sleeves are worked from the bottom up (starting from the ribbing as well), whip stitched along the edge, and then attached to the arm holes.  Stitches are picked up along the collar and a ribbing pattern is knitted.  Two optional pockets are knitted and attached to each front panel.
  • To learn or refresh yourself on how to knit the garter stitch, please reference my step-by-step tutorial and video HERE!
  • All ribbing is worked with 5 mm needles while the rest is worked with 5.5 mm knitting needles.

The Midtown Cardigan Knit Pattern

Sizing Notes:

  • This drop sleeve cardigan is oversized, relaxed, loose, and slouchy.  If you would like your cardigan to be more fitted, move down a size.
  • Part of the front and back panels become part of the sleeve as they bend past the shoulders.  The sleeve length remains the same for all sizes, but the increased width in the front and back panels help lengthen the sleeves of the larger sizes.  The width of the sleeve varies by size.
  • If you would like the cardigan to be wider, increase the number of stitches you cast on for the front and back panels.  If you would like the cardigan to be narrower, decrease the number of stitches you cast on for the front and back panels.
  • If you would like the cardigan to be longer, increase the number of rows for the back and front panels.  If you would like the cardigan to be shorter, decrease the number of rows for the back and front panels.
  • I am wearing a size Small.  I am 5’6 for height reference.

The Midtown Cardigan Knit Pattern

You can view this video below that I put together!  You will see me demonstrate how to Knit Front Back (increase), seam the edges of the sleeve together, seam the sleeve to the panel, and pick up stitches along the collar!

 

PATTERN:

  • Back panel

We will begin with the ribbing.

Using 5 mm needles,

Cast on 140 (150, 160, 170) stitches using long tail cast-on.

Row 1: *Knit 1, Purl 1* till end. (140, 150, 160, 170 sts)

Row 2-3: Repeat Row 1

Ribbing is now complete!  Switching to 5.5 mm needles,

Row 4-197: Knit all stitches. (140, 150, 160, 170 sts)

Cast off stitches for Size Small.

Row 198 – 206: Knit all stitches.

Cast off stitches for Size Medium.

Row 207 – 215: Knit all stitches.

Cast off stitches for Size Large.

Row 216 – 224: Knit all stitches.

Cast off stitches for Size Extra Large.

  • Front panels (make 2)

We will begin with the ribbing.

Using 5 mm needles,

Cast on 56 (60, 66, 70) stitches using long tail cast-on.

Row 1: *Knit 1, Purl 1* till end. (56, 60, 66, 70 sts)

Row 2-3: Repeat Row 1

Ribbing is now complete!  Switching to 5.5 mm needles,

Row 4-197: Knit all stitches. (56, 60, 66, 70 sts)

Cast off stitches for Size Small.

Row 198 – 206: Knit all stitches.

Cast off stitches for Size Medium.

Row 207 – 215: Knit all stitches.

Cast off stitches for Size Large.

Row 216 – 224: Knit all stitches.

Cast off stitches for Size Extra Large

The Midtown Cardigan Knit Pattern

  • Sleeves (make 2)

We will begin with the ribbing.

Using 5 mm needles,

Cast on 44 (54, 64, 74) stitches using long tail cast-on.

Row 1: *Knit 1, Purl 1* till end. (44, 54, 64, 74 sts)

Row 2-3: Repeat Row 1

Ribbing is now complete!  Switching to 5.5 mm needles,

Row 4-6: Knit all stitches. (44, 54, 64, 74)

R7: K1, KFB, K40 (50, 60, 70), KFB, K1. (46, 56, 66, 76)

R8-10: Knit all stitches (46, 56, 66, 76)

R11: K1, KFB, K42 (52, 62, 72), KFB, K1. (48, 58, 68, 78)

R12-65: Knit all stitches (48, 58, 68, 78)

R66: K1, KFB, K44 (54, 64, 74) KFB, K1. (50, 60, 70, 80)

R67-69: Knit all stitches. (50, 60, 70, 80)

R70: K1, KFB, K46 (56, 66, 76), KFB, K1. (52, 62, 72, 82)

R71-73: Knit all stitches (52, 62, 72, 82)

R74: K1, KFB, K48 (58, 68, 78), KFB, K1. (54, 64, 74, 84)

R75-77: Knit all stitches. (54, 64, 74, 84)

R78: K1, KFB, K50 (60, 70, 80), KFB, K1 (56, 66, 76, 86)

R79-81: Knit all stitches (56, 66, 76, 86)

R82: K1, KFB, K52 (62, 72, 82), KFB, K1. (58, 68, 78, 88)

R83-85: Knit all stitches (58, 68, 78, 88)

R86: K1, KFB, K54 (64, 74, 84), KFB, K1. (60, 70, 80, 90)

R87-89: Knit all stitches (60, 70, 80, 90)

R90: K1, KFB, K56 (66, 76, 86), KFB, K1. (62, 72, 82, 92)

R91-93: Knit all stitches. (62, 72, 82, 92)

R94: K1, KFB, K58 (68, 78, 88), KFB, K1. (64, 74, 84, 94)

R95-97: Knit all stitches. (64, 74, 84, 94)

R98: K1, KFB, K60 (70, 80, 90), KFB, K1. (66, 76, 86, 96)

R99-101: Knit all stitches. (66, 76, 86, 96)

R102: K1, KFB, K62 (72, 82, 92), KFB, K1. (68, 78, 88, 98)

R103-105: Knit all stitches. (68, 78, 88, 98)

R106: K1, KFB, K64 (74, 84, 94), KFB, K1. (70, 80, 90, 100)

R107-109: Knit all stitches. (70, 80, 90, 100)

R110: K1, KFB, K66 (76, 86, 96), KFB, K1. (72, 82, 92, 102)

R111-113: Knit all stitches (72, 82, 92, 102)

Cast off stitches.

Assembly:

  • When seaming pieces together, always join wrong sides together to make the seams less visible, then flip inside out at the end.
  • Fold each sleeve in half lengthwise and whip stitch sides together.
  • Whip stitch tops of front panels to back panel.  Whip stitch sides of front panels to back panel, marking sure to leave an arm hole.  Place sleeve towards top of panels and see how much space is needed for arm holes.  For size small, seam approximately 15″ along sides and leave an arm hole of 7″ for arm hole where sleeve will be attached.
  • Whip stitch top of sleeve to arm hole.
  • See HERE for more detailed assembly photos!

Collar:

Using 5 mm needles,

Starting from bottom left corner, pick up stitches along front panel, across the back panel, and down the front panel.  When picking up stitches along vertical edge of garter stitch, pick up one stitch between each ridge (see this video for demonstration).  For size Small, I had approximately 98 stitches up one side (which is about 197 rows of front panels divided by 2), 32 stitches in the corners and along the back panel, and 98 stitches down the other front panel.  For size Medium, you would pick up approximately 101 sts along each panel, Large = 104 sts, Extra Large = 107 sts.  Number of stitches in the corners and along back panel would remain approximately the same as size small (32 sts).

The Midtown Cardigan Knit Pattern

To pick up stitches, insert your needle into the first stitch along the edge.  Yarn over, then pull up a loop.  You keep inserting your needle into the next stitch, yarning over, and pulling up a loop.

The Midtown Cardigan Knit Pattern

As you approach the garter stitch section, you will pick up stitches BETWEEN THE RIDGES!

The Midtown Cardigan Knit Pattern

The Midtown Cardigan Knit Pattern

Row 1-3: *K1, P1* across.

Cast off loosely.

The Midtown Cardigan Knit Pattern

Pockets (make 2) – optional:

Using 5.5 mm needles,

Cast on 24 stitches.

R1-33: Knit across. (24)

Switching to 5 mm needles for the ribbing,

R34-37: *K1, P1* across. (24)

Cast off.

The Midtown Cardigan Knit Pattern

Small pockets measure: 4.5″ in width, 4″ in height

If you wish to increase the size of the pockets for the larger sizes, try adding increments of 4 stitches to increase the width (e.g. 28, 32, 36) and adding increments of 4 rows for the height (e.g. 41, 45, 49).

Place one pocket on each front panel and whip stitch sides and bottom into place.  For my size small, I placed the pocket approximately 5 cm from the side edge and 4.5 cm from the bottom edge.

The Midtown Cardigan Knit Pattern

Enjoy wearing your stylish cardigans on all your adventures throughout the seasons!  This cardigan looks so cute styled casually with jeans or over a pretty floral dress!

The Midtown Cardigan Knit Pattern

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The Midtown Cardigan Knit Pattern

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The Midtown Cardigan Knit Pattern

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