Knitting pattern: Arabesque Cardigan

The Arabesque Cardigan is a fitted top-down seamless raglan. The peplum gives you a lovely hourglass shape. The cardigan has a big back ornament and some smaller patterning on the sleeves that are created by twisted stitches. These are both charted and written out. It's a light and versatile cardigan and a surprisingly fast knit.

Please note: The pattern is written out separately for each size. To reduce file size there is one pdf with sizes 30” to 40” and one containing 40” to 50”.


Light Fingering to Fingering weight yarn.

Shown in Karen Noe Design Shetland Wool (light fingering/3ply, 100% wool, 215m/235yds per 50g skein) in Iris.


22 sts x 36 rows = 10 x 10cm / 4 x 4" in stockinette stitch.


approx. 5(5,5,6,6,6) skeins


30(32,34,36,38,40,42,44,46,48,50) for 76(81,86,91,96,101,107,112,117,122,127) cm / 30(32,34,36,38,40,42,44,46,48,50)” bust circumference; approx. 4cm/1.5" positive ease.


3mm (US size 2.5) circular needles at least 60cm / 24" long.


1 cable needle, 2 stitch holders or waste yarn, 6 stitch markers, 4 of one kind (to mark raglan increases) and 2 of another kind (to mark back pattern), 8 small (approx. 1cm/0.375” diameter) buttons, tapestry needle to weave in ends, sewing needle and thread to sew on buttons.

Required Skills

You should be able to: knit, purl, work sts through the back loop, increase, decrease and do yarn overs. It's a good project to learn how to cable sts.

Skill Level


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