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Polperro Knitted Cardigan Pattern

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I designed this cardigan for the Cool Wool Collective Spring/Summer 2023 edition. I am again drawn back to the Cornish Gansey jumper patterns and have taken a design from Polperro to cascade down the sleeves of this top down knitted cardigan.  


Knitted top down on circular needles throughout you will need to knit, purl, make stitches and decrease. The cardigan is finished off by picking up the button band and collar with an i-cord finish. 

Yarn and Notions

I used Stylecraft Naturals in Bamboo and Cotton. It has a 60/40 split of the two natural fibres and is a double knit weight. The balls are 100g in weight with 250 meters/273 yards. The yarn requirements below are based on this yarn. Please double check your meterage/yardage if you use something else and complete a tension square. 


Meters: 725 [830, 930, 1040, 1145] [1240, 1382, 1500, 1630]

Yards: 790 [910, 1015, 1135, 1250] [1355, 1510, 1640, 1780]


 3.75mm (US 5) 80cm / 32 inch circular needle

3.75mm (US 5) 30cm / 12 inch circular needle for sleeves (or if you prefer 3.75mm (US 5) double pointed needles)

Stitch holder or spare yarn to hold sleeve stitches, four moveable stitch markers

Four 2cm buttons



25 sts and 31 rows over 10cm / 4 inch square in stocking stitch on 3.75mm needles

Finished Measurements

The cardigan naturally slouches because of the sleeve and button placement, if you want it more slouchy go up a size or go down for a more fitted finish. The decrease for the balloon style sleeve reduces the length of the sleeve which is 20cm / 8 inches by row length   


Bust: 80 [90, 97, 106, 119] [129, 138, 146, 159]

Collar to hem (back): 48 [49.5, 52, 54, 57.5] [58.5, 61, 62.5, 66]

Sleeve length: 18


Bust: 32.25 [35.5, 38.5, 42.5, 47.5] [51.5, 55.25, 58.5, 63.5]

Collar to hem (back): 19 [19.5, 20, 21, 22.5] [23, 24, 24.5, 26]

Sleeve length: 7

This pattern has been professionally tech edited and tested, but we are all human. Please let me know if you find any issues.

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