Castlegar Cardigan

Castlegar Cardigan

A lightweight cardigan for breezy spring days, overzealous air conditioning, or autumn layering. Warm enough for the breeze but light enough for sunshine!

The fingering weight gauge takes a bit of time to knit up, but it’s worth it for this classic, wearable everyday cardigan. Knit seamlessly from the bottom up, with a fun circular yoke and twisted rib details.

Castlegar Cardigan

Castlegar is knit seamlessly from the bottom up, with a circular yoke. The lower body is knit flat in one piece while each sleeve is knit in the round. This sweater does not have waist shaping.

There is only one length across all sizes for the body and sleeves; feel free to lengthen as needed at points given throughout the pattern.

This pattern is split into two files (available together only).
Each is a 6-page PDF file in full colour with schematics.

Fingering weight yarn, approximately 175-200 yds / 50g. Shown in Koigu KPPPM, 8 skeins for size 37″.

Sizes 31-45 inches / 78.5-114cm
Contains sizes: 31 (33, 35, 37, 39, 41, 43, 45)” / 78.5 (84, 89, 94, 99, 104, 109, 114) cm
Yardage required: 1180 (1250, 1340, 1400, 1485, 1560, 1660, 1750)

Sizes 47-59 inches / 119.5-150cm
Contains sizes: 47 (49, 51, 53, 55, 57, 59)” / 119.5 (124.5, 129.5, 134.5, 140, 145, 150) cm
Yardage required: 1820 (1895, 1990, 2050, 2140, 2220, 2295)

Shown in size 37 in / 94cm with zero ease. Zero to 2 in / 5cm of ease is suggested.

Castlegar Cardigan

– US 2 / 2.75 mm needles, 32 inches / 80cm or longer, depending on the size you’re making
– US 2 / 2.75 mm double pointed needles or needles of your choice for small circumferences in the round
– stitch markers
– eight 5/8 in / 1.5cm buttons
– tapestry needle
– smooth waste yarn

28 sts and 40 rows = 4″ / 10cm square in stockinette stitch.


This PDF file contains fill-in forms, so you can fill in the number for your size right on the computer! Then you can save the file so that your numbers are all set for the next time you open it, or print with the neat typed entries. Just click on the space to type!

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$7.00 CAD

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Castlegar Cardigan

aguas sweater, part 2 – swatchy swatchy!

So. Next step after the idea is the yarn! Sometimes these steps are switched; I’ll have a yarn and need to come up with an idea for it. For this sweater though, the idea definitely came first.

Malabrigo Sock in Aguas –

malabrigo sock

This yarn is 100% superwash wool (my fav), dyed with an all-over mix of blues/greens/turquoises. Some of the colours of Malabrigo are much ‘splotchier’, with distinct bands of each colour – I didn’t want something like that, because in my opinion it can really detract from the shape and stitch pattern of the sweater. All you end up seeing is the crazy colours (which is good in small doses!).

The yarn is 440 yards per 100g skein, very generous. I have four, for a total of 1760 yards. Should be more than enough, especially with shorter sleeves. I do tend to buy my yarn in sweater amounts, because really, my first love is knitting sweaters.

Next up – swatches.


This is the “knit-only rib” from Reversible Knitting on 3.75mm needles. I love the swatch in the book, and it’s a fun stitch pattern with just a two-stitch, two-row repeat. Reversible, of course, so that would work for the drapey front bits. (Please excuse the fact that the colours in these two photos don’t really match. It’s a tough colour to capture!)

However, as I got further into the swatch it became pretty obvious that this stitch pattern biases quite a bit. Because it’s garter stitch based, it’s also not as open of a stitch pattern as I was envisioning for this sweater. The biasing improved a bit with blocking (the swatch above has in fact been wet blocked) but it was irritating to knit it. Since this sweater is knit from side to side, it would also have been a bit of a problem to get the pieces to fit together properly!

aguas sweater, part 1

I’m busy busy finishing up a big Secret Project, but of course since that’s nearing completion I’m thinking ahead to the next thing! I thought it might make for some interesting blogging if I work through the idea and execution with you all. I can’t promise it’ll be done soon or anything, but anyway. Onwards! Today – concept and construction notes.

a new sweater idea!

So here’s the sketch of my idea. I had the a while ago – it’s not a revolutionary sweater concept of course, I’m sure everyone’s seen (or owns) a cardigan like this! It’s also similar in shape to my Rayne Wrap Cardigan that I released nearly three (whoa) years ago.

One big difference with this sweater – the working title of which shall be “aguas” – is that it has set-in sleeves and seamed shoulders. This will help it sit better on the tops of the shoulders, and means a better fit through the sleeve and shoulder. I haven’t quite decided how I want to do the sleeve yet, but I’m thinking a fairly slim fit and perhaps ending just below the elbow.

Aguas will be knit from side to side, like Rayne, but in pieces to be seamed together. It’ll have the traditional cardigan pieces of a back, two fronts, and two sleeves, but knit from side to side. I drew up a quick schematic of how I’m planning to make the shaping work.


As you can see I’ll be casting on at the centre front and work across to the armhole and side seam. The fronts are long and extended for the drapey ruffle at the front. Many of the storebought versions of this shape have sort of a shawl collar at the back of the next that extends down the fronts, but this one will be more straight down without a collar.

I want to use a lighter weight yarn with this incarnation, so I’m going with Malabrigo Sock in, you guessed it, the colour Aguas! I’m afraid I’m not very creative with working titles.

Up next – knit this whole sweater in fingering weight stockinette? I do love stockinette, but maybe not that much. So stitch pattern ahoy!