Knitting pattern: Gardening

This is a cosy cardigan that helps to show off your curves with braids and cables that integrate the shaping. It’s length and the vertical cabling have an overall lenghtening and figure friendly effect. The bust increases are worked mainly in the front pieces of the cardigan to improve the fit even more. There are also instructions for optional bust darts included. A little positive ease (2.5cm/1") brings out the cables and braids without being restraining. To make sure the fit is great this cardigan is sized in 5cm/2" steps.

The Gardening Cardigan is worked bottom-up in one piece featuring set-in short row sleeves that are knit in the round. The front braids wind around the neck to meet in the back and form a nice collar. In this pattern the cables and braids are charted.


DK weight yarn.

Zitron Ecco (100% Merino, 111m/121yds per 50g ball) in green.


20 sts x 30 rows = 10 x 10cm / 4 x 4" in stockinette stitch.


approx. 9 (9,10,10,11,12) balls.


The pattern is written in 6 sizes accommodating the following bust circumferences: 82(87,92,97,102,107)cm / 32(34,36,38,40,42)". The finished measurements include 2,5cm/1” positive ease.


4mm (US size 6) circular needle at least 80cm / 32" long.


1 cable needle, 2 stitch markers, 3 stitch holders, 60cm/24” open ended zipper, tapestry needle to weave in ends, sewing needle to sew in zipper, pins for blocking.

Required Skills

You should be able to: knit, purl, increase, decrease, do cables, do a three needle bind off, work short rows and read a chart./

The cables and braids are charted. There are also instructions for optional bust darts included.

Skill Level


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