Cardigans and jackets are versatile pieces that can be dressed up or down and worn in various seasons. They are great for layering and can be a staple in anyone's wardrobe. If you are looking for an easy cardigan/jacket design to knit, you have come to the right place. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of knitting an easy cardigan/jacket design that is perfect for beginners.
Yarn (worsted weight)
Circular knitting needles (size 8)
The gauge for this project is 4 stitches and 6 rows per inch in stockinette stitch.
Cast on 72 stitches using the long-tail cast-on method.
Work in garter stitch (knit every row) for 8 rows.
Switch to stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row) and work until the piece measures 18 inches from the cast-on edge.
Separate the sleeves: Slip 18 stitches onto a stitch holder, knit across the next 36 stitches, slip the next 18 stitches onto another stitch holder, and knit to the end of the row.
Work on the back: Knit the next row, then purl the next row. Repeat these two rows until the piece measures 28 inches from the cast-on edge.
Shape the neck: Knit 16 stitches, place a marker, knit 8 stitches, place another marker, and knit to the end of the row. Purl the next row. Decrease one stitch at each marker on the next row and every following alternate row until you have 10 stitches left between the markers. Work even until the piece measures 30 inches from the cast-on edge.
Rejoin the sleeves: With the right side facing you, pick up and knit 18 stitches from the first stitch holder, knit across the 36 stitches on the needles, pick up and knit 18 stitches from the second stitch holder, and knit to the end of the row. You should now have 90 stitches on your needles.
Work on the sleeves: Knit the next row, then purl the next row. Repeat these two rows until the sleeves measure 18 inches from the underarm.
Shape the sleeves: Knit 2 together at the beginning and end of every alternate row until you have 36 stitches on your needles. Bind off all stitches.
Optional: Add buttons to the front of the cardigan/jacket.
Use the tapestry needle to weave in any loose ends. Block the cardigan/jacket by wetting it, laying it flat on a towel, and shaping it to the correct dimensions. Let it dry completely before wearing.And there you have it - an easy cardigan/jacket design that is perfect for beginners. Customize it by using a different yarn color or adding your own personal touches, and you will have a piece that is uniquely yours.