Striped cardigan with saddle shoulders and deep mock ribbed cuffs and hem.
Side view of woman in the woods. She's wearing a striped cardigan with saddle shoulders.
Woman smiling at camera with body slightly angled away wearing a striped cardigan buttoned to the chest.
View of striped saddle shoulder showing the unbroken stripe progression beginning at the neck and running down the sleeve. Sweater is worked top down.
Back view of striped cardigan with saddle shoulder which is also striped. Upper back through shoulder and neck shaping is a solid colour which rest of sweater is striped.
Back view of a colourful striped sweater showing a vertical stripe of reverse stocking stitch running down back breaking up the coloured stripes.
Detail shot of side of cardigan showing false seam. Sweater is worked top down in one piece.
Detail shot of front bands, buttons and mock ribbing at hem and cuffs.
Line drawing schematic of sweater pattern with detailed measurements in both inches and cm.

Lansbury Cardigan

$9 CAD

Perfect execution elevates this tweed cardigan from classic to icon. Saddle shoulders, subtle waist shaping, a wide purl column at the back and faux seams create a flawless tailored silhouette—all without any sewing. Smart stripes are the final touch to make this a standout piece.

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Size Inclusive

Size inclusive to fit up to a 67.5″ / 171.5 cm finished chest measurement.

Construction

Worked from the top down, construction starts with the saddles; stitches are then picked up along each side and the yoke worked downward with simultaneous set-in sleeves. A deep mock rib finishes the cuffs and body. A generous range of ten sizes (to fit chest measurements from 32″ to 65″ / 81.5 to 165 cm) ensures a great fit. Optional faux seams lend the look of a seamed sweater and provide structure.

What's Included

This knitting pattern includes written directions, front and back images, and schematic with measurements.

Sizes + Finished Measurements

Finished chest circumference, buttoned: 34 (37 ¼, 40 ¼, 43 ½, 48 ¼, 51 ½, 57 ¼, 60 ¼, 64 ¼, 67 ½)” / 86.5 (94.5, 102, 110.5, 122.5, 131, 145.5, 153, 163, 171.5) cm.
Back length: 22 ½ (23 ¼, 23 ¾, 24 ¼, 24 ¼, 24 ¾, 25 ¼, 25 ¾, 26, 26)” / 57 (59, 60.5, 61.5, 61.5, 63, 64, 65.5, 66, 66) cm.
Upper arm circumference: 11 ½ (12 ½, 13 ½, 14 ¾, 16 ½, 17 ½, 18 ¾, 19 ¼, 19 ¼, 19 ½)” / 29 (32, 34.5, 37.5, 42, 44.5, 47.5, 49, 49, 49.5) cm.
Designed with 2 to 4″ (5 to 10 cm) positive ease in the chest.

Yarn

Worsted weight yarn;
Main Colour 260 (280, 305, 325, 350, 375, 405, 425, 450, 470) yd / 240 (255, 275, 295, 320, 345, 370, 390, 415, 430) m;
5 x Contrasting Colour 185 (200, 215, 235, 260, 280, 305, 325, 345, 365) yd / 170 (180, 200, 215, 235, 260, 280, 300, 315, 330) m.

Shown in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed (80% Peruvian Highland Wool, 20% Donegal Tweed; 110 yards/50g) in Farmhouse Heather, Indigo Heather, Barn Door Heather, Autumn Heather, Dill Heather, Brass Heather.

Substitution Notes

Choose a worsted weight yarn. The original is a non-superwash that works up at 4.5 to 5 sts per inch (2.5 cm) on 4 to 5.5 mm (US 6-9) needles. Wools (including superwash) and wool blends will substitute well. For plant fibres and acrylics, knit a large swatch, block it and hang your swatch to assess. Consider stash busting to make the stripes or working this classic-shaped cardigan in a solid colour.

Gauge

20 sts and 28 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in Stockinette Stitch with larger needles (worked both flat and in the round), blocked.

Needles + Notions

3.5 & 4 mm (US 4 & 6) Circular Needles, at least 32 ins / 80 cm long;
3.5 & 4 mm (US 6 & 7) Needles for small circumference (sleeves);
Locking Stitch Markers;
Stitch Markers;
Stitch Holders or Scrap Yarn;
Crochet Hook (approx size for yarn);
9 (9, 9, 9, 9, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10) Buttons, 0.875″ (21 mm) in diameter.

Skills

Knitting in the round, increases/decreases, backwards loop cast on, saddle shoulder sweater construction, top down, one piece, worked flat, seamless, phoney seams (explained), German short rows, picking up stitches, buttonholes and sewing on buttons.

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