Marian Cardigan Pattern


This single pattern is available to download.

For this pattern I used:

Yarn & Amounts: 5(6:6:7:7) 100g hanks of WYS Bluefaced Leicester Aran – Undyed(100% Bluefaced Leicester wool, 166m/182yds per 100g).

Metres: 800(960:960:1120:1120)m.

My Alternative Yarn Suggestions: The Croft Shetland Tweed Aran 5(6:6:7:7) 100g hanks, or Kilcarra Tweed 10(12:12:14:14) 50g balls.

Needles: 5mm.

Notions: One Button.

Gauge (tension): 18 stitches and 24 rows to 10cm/4ins square over stocking stitch using 5mm needles.


To Fit Chest (suggested)
81.5-86.5 91.5-96.5 101.5-106.5 112-117 122-127 cms
32-34 36-38 40-42 44-46 48-50 ins
Actual Chest Size
88 97 109 121 130 cms
34½ 38 42¾ 47½ 51 ins
Length (from shoulder)
58 60 64 66 68 cms
22¾ 23½ 25¼ 26 26¾ ins
Sleeve Length
44 44 44 44 44 cms
17½ 17½ 17½ 17½ 17½ ins

 My design ideas and advice: I love designing to knitter’s requests. Sometimes these requests are a desire or dream that might feel that it will never be realised so they let me know just in passing. Or sometimes I ask a knitter what they are looking for and sketch it down to design when I can. I have a very long and ever-changing list!

This v neck cardigan was exactly one of those requests; a passing comment on a wish as the knitter chose the yarn to knit the Philippa Jumper. There are lots of different shapes that we all need in our wardrobe, or maybe that’s just me! I love a comfy hand knit jumper on winter days to make me feel cosy and warm, like a hug. And then on spring days I love a neat v neck cardigan as the weather decides whether it will be cool or warm, because wool is perfect at regulating heat. In fact, I wear wool all year because the Purl &Jane studio is always cool, no matter what the temperature is outside, and so if it is a warm day outside and cool in the studio my handknits are perfect at regulating my temperature. So I’m planning to wear this cardigan all year round! And then again after I designed this and had it in the studio another knitter said she’d love to have a sleeveless version of this….and here it is, the Matilda Waistcoat!

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