Free knitting patterns for women cardigans, in American fashion sizes
and measurements in inches and ounces ( there are 350 patterns on this page ! )
Each pattern in 5 different gauges and each gauge is in 5 sizes;
If you prefer measurements in cms and grams go to women's knitting patterns in cms
ll kinds of free patterns for women cardigans, in many different gauges.
If you aren't an experienced knitter, you can still make a hand-knit cardigan with these free patterns.
With beautiful knitting yarn or a combination of yarns, you can create a great effect.
You can knit anything you want, with my basic patterns.
How ? First you knit your knitting swatch, if you want to knit in a fantasy pattern, knit your swatch in this stitch,
then determine your gauge, now you can choose a knitting pattern with the right gauge,
this way it will always fit, no need for special yarns or needles, so simple.
big tutorial about knitting swatches before starting to
These women knitting patterns are based on standard woman sizes in America.
Take a look at the size data files, on the left side, in the navigation bar.
Then; keep in mind; You don't have a standard size. ! Nobody does ! Adapt your pattern.
Check the gauge as you are knitting your garment, you don't always knit with the same tension.
Also check every couple of inches for mistakes.
It is easier to fix them after only a few rows knitted.
Check when you are knitting the length from wrist to armhole and from hem to armhole too.
If the sleeve stitches meet at the underarm, it fits.
If it seems too small, do a few more increase rounds, or keep knitting until desired length.
Too big, then you have to decrease and increase, more rapidly, then usual.
And stop knitting at the desired length. Check a couple of times while you are knitting.
The amount of stitches are more important than rows,
because the required length of the garment, are in inches too.
Tip; combine knitting with crochet or embroidery.
Do you want to knit with a large needle size ?
This will speed up your knitting time, but you have to knit with bulky or worsted yarns.
I find these cardigans always make me look like the Michelin Man, not very flattering.
Tip; use two strands of thin yarn held together (= double thread).
For instance; use yarn for needle size 4 mm, and knit on needle size 7 mm, with 2 threads.
This will give your garment light weight and a very delicate look.
One of my latest project is knitted this way, it is the cardigan with the crocheted flowers.
You can’t cast off more than 1 stitch, at the end of the row,
so if the pattern says;
Dec 2 st at each end of every alternate row,
it means; Cast off 2 stitches, knit to end of row ( or round ), turn and cast off 2 stitches, knit to end of row.
Learn to do all decreasing and increasing, not in the first or last stitch of a row, but, in the second
or third stitches in from the edge. This will give you a smoother edge for finishing. (fashion cast-off)
Ribbing has a strong tendency to contract laterally, forming small pleats in which the purl stitches recede and
the knit stitches come forward. Thus, ribbing is often used for cuffs, cardigan hems and, more generally,
any edge that should be form-fitting. The elasticity depends on the number of knit/purl transitions; 1x1 ribbing is
more elastic than 2x2 ribbing,
etc. However, some cable patterns may "pull in" more than ribbing
(have a smaller gauge); in such cases, a ribbed border may flare out instead of contracting.
You can use any
knitting stitch and knit with any knitting yarn you like, if it has a similar gauge.
Needle size is not so important, every knitter knits differently. When you are looking at a pattern,
it is the gauge or tension swatch that really matters. This is the base for all my basic knitting patterns.
Cable patterns tend to "pull in," giving more stitches per width than stockinette, garter or seed stitch.
Cables are usually made on a background of reverse stockinette stitch. You will need a cable needle.
You can use stitch markers to set off the stitches to be cabled. Go to my cable stitches page for patterns.
I have created knitting patterns with gauges for cable cardigans in 6 sizes.
I think drop shoulders are the best to knit a cable cardigan.
If you send me your tension swatch, gauge with digital photo, I will create a pattern for you.