When I was coming up with ideas for the Harkin Cardi I knew I wanted a simple cardigan but I wanted to add a couple key features. What I really love about this design is the pockets! I wanted them to be just big enough for your keys or to place your hands in to keep warm. It was a lot of fun figuring out a simple way to add them.
I also knew I wanted a split hem at the bottom but I didn’t want it to look unfinished. A simple trim ties it all together.
I rate this pattern as intermediate. There is little seaming at the shoulders and the sleeves and not much shaping. The pattern is simple but still wearable.
Before you choose your yarn you’ll need to settle on a size. Here’s your sizing info.
Sizes: XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X)
To fit a bust of: 28 (32, 36, 40, 44, 46, 52)”
There’s a lot of wiggle room in sizing so you can go big or small. I’m wearing size XS with a bust of 32″ so it’s technically on the small side. The front is not meant to close all the way. If you need a bit more sizing info there’s a schematic in the pattern.
Now lets talk yarn! I wanted my sample to have very subtle striping. In fact you might not notice it until you look close. I knew using hand dyed yarn it’s best to break things up a bit so slight variations from skein to skein are less noticeable.
Here’s how much you’ll need
KT and the Squid Squid DK (75% superwash merino/25% nylon; 246 yds/100g)
5 (6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8) skeins in color A (shown in Dark Tan)
2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3) skeins in color B (shown in Light Tan)
If you’d like to make a solid cardigan you will need 6 (7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 10) skeins. If you are using hand dyed yarn I suggest alternating skeins every few rows just in case there are any variations from skein to skein.
If hand dyed yarn is just not an option for you, no worries! I had a second sample made in Red Heart Soft. With this sample you can actually see the striping so using more contrasting yarns is the way to go.
For my gauge on this one I did have to go down a hook size but it still worked up great and the drape was nice after a quick washing.
Lastly, if you’d like to sub for another yarn you can do that too. My Squid DK is a 75% merino/25% nylon blend and has 246 yards per skein. So anything similar should work just fine. Red Heart is a worsted weight acrylic yarn so going down a hook size with something similar should work too.