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the Anyday cardigan

The Anyday Sweater was the first pattern I published when I jumped back into the designing world last year. I thought I’d start simple, with something nice and quick and wearable. That plan worked out! I’ve worn my Anyday sweater so many times since, and have loved seeing the different versions pop up on Instagram and Ravelry. So I established pretty quickly that simple (with details) = good. Something that look me longer to realise is that whilst sweaters are great, cardigans are greater. Who knew, eh? Granted, my favourite way to wear a cardigan is as a sweater without any layers underneath, but it is nice to have the added versatility and option to wear it open, too. Hence the Anyday Cardigan was born – a cardigan version of my trusty sweater.

I fancied a summer fabric this time around, but it turns out chunky weight cotton / linen / bamboo blends are rather difficult to come by. There are far more summer options in DK though, so I used 2 strands of Scheepjes Softfun to produce a chunky equivalent. The slipped stitch details pop really well with 2 strands, so that’s an added bonus. And the colour! Oh how I love this shade of brightest purple-y blue. Perfect to brighten up the dullest of Summer days we’re experiencing right now. Hope you like the pattern!


Yarn: Chunky/bulky weight yarn, 559 (607; 683; 729; 800) [891; 940; 1011; 1090] m, 613 (665; 747; 799; 877) [976; 1029; 1108; 1193] yards.

Shown in Scheepjes Softfun in shade Iris, a DK weight cotton/acrylic blend, held double. If using DK yarn doubled, you will need approximately 1392 (1512; 1701; 1816; 1993) [2219; 2341; 2518; 2715] metres / 1522 (1654; 1860; 1986; 2180) [2427; 2560; 2754; 2969] yards.

Needles and notions: 5mm and 7mm circular needles, recommended lengths 60cm for body, and either long DPNs or 100cm circular needle (for magic loop) for sleeves in both sizes. You will also need stitch markers of 2 different colours/styles, a tapestry needle, scrap yarn for holding stitches, and spare circular needles for 3 needle bind off.

Gauge: 12.5 sts and 18 rows per 4” in stocking stitch on 7mm needles, blocked.

Sizing: 1 (2; 3; 4; 5) [6; 7; 8; 9] detailed below. Sample shown is a size 2 worn with around 8″ / 20 cm positive ease on a 34” / 86cm bust.

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: 38.5 (42; 47; 50.5; 55.5) (59; 62.5; 66.5; 71) inches / 98 (107; 119; 128; 141) (150; 159; 169; 180) cm

This garment is worked entirely seamlessly, with the body worked from the bottom up, split at the armholes for the fronts and back, joined at the shoulder seams with a 3 needle bind off, and the sleeves and neckband worked by picking up around the armholes and neckline respectively. The whole item is worked inside out.

This pattern features exposed ‘seams’, a design feature which is worked in several different ways throughout the garment.
The length shown in the schematic is for a slightly cropped cardigan, designed to meet the waistband of high-waisted trousers or a skirt. The torso could be lengthened slightly by adding straight rounds after the shaping, however the number of stitches cast on is designed to fit reasonably snugly around the waist, so would likely be stretched if worn lower on the torso.

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

Alternatively, find the Anyday cardigan knitting pattern on Ravelry.

Lily Kate x

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