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Free Knitting Pattern: One-Stitch Adult Cardigan

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Lion Brand® Wool-Ease®
Pattern #: 936
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X

Chest Width before sleeve increases: 40 (44, 48, 52, 56, 60) inches.
Length: 24 (24, 24, 25, 25, 26, 26) inches

Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

CORRECTIONS: (applied Mar 2, 2006)
Yarn quantity was incorrect. Corrected quantities are:
620-125 Wool-Ease: Camel 6 (7,8,9,10,11)

Cast on 20 (20, 20, 20, 25, 25) sts. Work in St st (= k on RS, p on WS) garter st for 3˝ in

The above is only a summary of corrections; the corrected pattern text is below (if free) or shipped upon completion of order (if purchased)
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Knit an easy flattering sweater that you'll want to live in, with soft washable Wool-Ease®. Click here for the crochet version. Note: the crochet version is similar but not identical.

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 620-125: Wool-Ease Yarn: Camel
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Natural Heather Fisherman Ranch Red Blush Heather Blue Heather Navy Denim Blue Mist
Seaspray Cocoa Cranberry Dark Rose Heather Rose Heather Grey Heather Oxford Grey Black
Mustard Eggplant Gold Avocado Chestnut Heather Forest Green Heather Paprika Denim Twist
Pumpkin Wood Multi White/Multi Wheat Mushroom White Frost
*Wool-Ease® (Article #620).
  • Solid, Heather, Twist: 80% acrylic, 20% wool
  • Sprinkles, Wheat, Mushroom, Rainbow Mist: 86% acrylic, 10% wool, 4% rayon
  • Glitter/Multi-colors: 78% acrylic, 19% wool, 3% polyester
  • Frosts: 70% acrylic, 20% wool, 10% polyamide
  • Prints: 80% acrylic, 20% wool
; package size: Solid, Heather, Twist: 3 oz/85g; 197 yd/180m balls
Sprinkles, Wheat, Mushroom, Rainbow Mist: 3 oz/85g; 197 yd/180m balls
Glitter/Multi-colors: 2.5 oz./70g; 162 yd/146m balls
Frosts: 2.5 oz./70g; 162 yd/146m balls
Prints: 2.5 oz/70g; 162 yd/146m balls

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•  620-125 Wool-Ease Yarn: Camel
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Lion Brand Knitting Needles- Size 8 [5 mm]   $ 3.60  
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Additional Materials
  1. Circular needles Size 8 - 29 in. for Cardigan trim
  2. Six 1 1/8 inch buttons

One-Stitch Adult Cardigan

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease®


16 sts x 32 rows (16 ridges) = 4 in.[10 cm] in garter st.

When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch

Cast on 20 (20, 20, 20, 25, 25) sts. Work in garter st for 3½ in. Cont in garter st (k every row) for 1½ in., ending with a WS row. Place sts on holder or spare needle.


Cast on 80 (88, 96, 104, 112, 120) sts. Work in garter st until piece measures 9 (9, 10, 10, 10, 10) in. from beg.

Shape Sleeves: Inc 1 st at each end of every RS row 20 times -- 120 (128, 136, 144, 152, 160) sts.
Piece should measure 14 (14, 15, 15, 15, 15) in. from beg. Inc 1 st at each end of every row 44 (44, 40, 40, 40, 40) times -- 208 (216, 216, 224, 232, 240) sts.
Piece should measure 19½ (19½, 20, 20, 20, 20) in. from beg. Cast on 20 (20, 20, 20, 16, 12) sts at beg of next 2 rows for cuffs -- 248 (256, 256, 264, 264, 264) sts. Work even until piece measures 4½ (4½, 5, 5, 6, 6) in. from cuff cast-on. Bind off all sts.

Cast on 44 (48, 52, 56, 60, 64) sts. Work in garter st until piece measures 6 in. from beg, ending with a WS row.

Pocket opening:
Next row (RS):
K 13 (15, 17, 19, 18, 20) sts, place next 20 (20, 20, 20, 25, 25) sts on a holder, work across 20 (20, 20, 20, 25, 25) pocket lining sts from holder, k rem 11 (13, 15, 17, 17, 19) sts. Cont in garter st until piece measures 9 (9, 10, 10, 10, 10) in. from beg.

Shape Sleeve: Inc 1 st at beg of each RS row 20 times -- 64 (68, 72, 76, 80, 84) sts.

Note:Piece should measure 14 (14, 15, 15, 15) in. from beg. Inc 1 st at beg of every RS row and end of every WS row 44 (44, 40, 40, 40, 40) times -- 108 (112, 112, 116, 120, 124) sts.

Note: Piece should measure 19½ (19½, 20, 20, 20, 20) in. from beg. Cast on 20 (20, 20, 20, 16, 12) sts at beg of next RS row for cuff --128 (132, 132, 136, 136, 136) sts. Work even in garter st until piece measures 2 (2, 2½, 2½, 3½, 3½) in. from cuff cast-on, ending with a RS row.

Shape neck:
Bind off 11 (11, 11, 13, 13, 13) sts at beg of next WS row.
Next row (RS):
Work even. Bind off at neck edge at beg of every WS row 3 sts twice, then 2 sts 1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 2) times. Work 2 rows even or until piece measures same as Back. Bind off rem sts. Mark position of 6 buttons evenly spaced on Left Front edge with first one½ in. above lower edge and last one 1 in. below neck edge.

Work to correspond to Left Front, rev shaping and working buttonholes (= yo, k2tog) 3 sts from front edge.


Pocket trim:Place sts from holder onto straight needle and work in garter st for 4 rows (= 2 ridges), binding off all sts on last row. Rep for other pocket. Sew pocket trim sides to Jacket. Sew pocket lining in place to WS of Jacket. Sew shoulder and Sleeve top seam, rev seam for turn-back cuff. Sew side seams leaving 3 in. open at lower edge for slits, if desired.

Jacket trim:
With RS facing and circular needle, pick up and k 1 st for each ridge along Right Front Jacket edge, around neck edge and down Left Front Jacket edge picking up 1 or 2 extra sts at each neck edge corner. Do not join. K 2 rows, binding off across last row. (Note: If circular needle is unavailable, Jacket trim can be done in two sections: first section starting at Right Front lower edge and work to center back of neck; then second section starting at center back of neck and work to Left Front lower edge.) Sew buttons opposite buttonholes. Weave in ends.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) cont = continu(e)(s)(ing)
inc = increas(e)(s)(ing) k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together p = purl
rem = remain(s)(ing) rep = repeat(s)(ing)
rev = revers(e)(ing) RS = right side
st(s) = stitch(es) WS = wrong side
yo = yarn over  

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Pattern Average Rating: *****5.0 (based on 2 reviews)
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One-Stitch Adult Cardigan Reviewed by Sharon on 2015-04-06 *****
Enjoyed tremendously the knitting being just one stitch o k
I made a mistake in not being faithful to the guage so it didn't fit me
However someone else loved it without the buttons or pocket.
It really was so easy and pleasant to knit I'll do it again but this time be more careful of the guage. Here is the photo of the friend who wanted it because it felt so warm.
Thank you so much for this free
Pattern would not hesitate to reccomendations it go others

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