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hopelessly devoted cardigan

I shall start by apologising for the Grease soundtrack that is now stuck in your head! Although I’m not really sorry tbh. I already have The One That I Want Crop knitting pattern, so there was only one option for a pink bomber jacket name. It had to be done. Meet the Hopelessly Devoted Cardigan – my latest winter knitting pattern for a chunky cardigan / bomber jacket hybrid.

Scroll down for details and to purchase the Hopelessly Devoted Cardigan knitting pattern.


If, like me, you keep a close eye on the #Knitstagram world, you’ve probably seen this yarn a million times already. It’s popular, and I can definitely see why! We Are Knitters kindly sent me a few skeins of the Yarnicorn shade on their The Petite Wool base, and I absolutely loved working with it. Variegated yarns are ADDICTIVE. Since the yarn itself makes quite a statement I decided to keep the design fairly simple, and took my favoured approach of a strong silhouette with nice neat details. In this case a comfortable fitting body, voluminous sleeves, garter panels, rib & garter combined edgings, a shaped neckline, and pleated cuffs did the trick. Sounds like quite a lot going on when I write it out like that, but the overall look is nicely polished (I’d like to think so, anyway!). Chunky yarn makes for a quick-but-not-too-heavy knit, which is always a bonus. Several testers finished this cardigan in under a week.


Knitted pleats are one of my all time favourite details; the first garment pattern I ever released had pleated puff sleeves, and I don’t see my taste changing any time soon! They’re a great way to gather in a voluminous sleeve into a snug cuff and they’re very satisfying to make. If you’re nervous about juggling 4 needles at once, hopefully my tutorial below will put your mind at ease:

test knitter roundup

I feel like I always say the same thing about test knitters, but every single time they amaze me and I couldn’t be more grateful. THANK YOU GUYS, you have my eternal gratitude. One thing I particularly love about this selection is that some really look like a bomber jacket, and some are definitely a cosy cardigan – just goes to show the difference yarn choice makes! You can go floaty, stripy, bold, retro, fluffy… I love them all.

hopelessly devoted cardigan knitting pattern details

YARN: Chunky / bulky weight yarn, approximately 721 (763; 808; 838; 879) [921; 1008; 1047; 1115] metres / 786 (832; 881; 913; 958) [1004; 1099; 1141; 1215] yards.

Sample shown in We Are Knitters The Petite Wool (100% wool, 140m per 100g) in shade Yarnicorn. If using this yarn, you will need 6 (6; 6; 6; 7) [7; 8; 8; 8] balls.

GAUGE: 14 sts and 19 rows to 4 inches / 10cm in stocking stitch on 7mm needles, blocked.

NEEDLES & NOTIONS: 7mm and 6mm needle(s) of any length for working body flat

7mm and 6mm needle(s) of your preferred length for working sleeves in the round (ie. DPNs, magic loop)

6 buttons of approx. 22mm diameter
2 cable needles / DPNs for pleats
4 stitch markers
Tapestry needle

1 (2; 3; 4; 5) [6; 7; 8; 9] detailed below, designed to be worn with approximately 5 – 7 inches / 13 – 18 cm positive ease. Sample shown is a size 2 worn on a 34” bust with around 5 inches / 13cm positive ease.

To fit bust: 28-30 (32-34; 36-38; 40-42; 44-46) (48-50; 52-54; 56-58; 60-62) inches / 71-76 (81-86; 91-97; 102-107; 112-117) (122-127; 132-137; 142-147; 152-157) cm.

Finished bust: 35 (39; 43; 47; 51) [55; 59; 63; 67] inches / 89 (99; 109; 119; 130) [140; 150; 160; 170] cm.


Pattern support: for pattern support queries please EMAIL lilykate@jolihouse.com rather than sending an Instagram DM.

I LOVE seeing people knit my patterns and make them their own – if you could tag @lilykatemakes and #HopelesslyDevotedCardigan on Instagram that would be great!

The Hopelessly Devoted Cardigan is also available via Ravelry and Etsy.

Lily Kate x

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