Are you looking for a fun and fashionable knitting project?
If so, you might want to try knitting
a triangle shape ladies cardigan
, which features a clever use of increases and decreases to create a flattering shape and an eye-catching texture. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to knit this unique garment step by step, from choosing the right yarn and needles to finishing the sleeves and hem.
- 800-1000 yards of DK or worsted weight yarn in your favorite color (or colors, if you want to mix and match)
- A set of circular or straight needles in size US 6-8, depending on your gauge
- A tapestry needle for weaving in ends
- A pair of scissors for cutting yarn
Gauge and Swatching
Before you start knitting your cardigan, it's important to determine your gauge, or how many stitches and rows you knit per inch. This will help you estimate how much yarn and how many stitches you need to cast on, as well as ensure that your cardigan
fits you well.To swatch for gauge, cast on about 20-30 stitches and knit in stockinette stitch (knit on right side, purl on wrong side) for at least 4 inches. Measure the width and height of your swatch, and count how many stitches and rows you have per inch. If your gauge doesn't match the pattern
gauge, try changing your needle size up or down until you get the right gauge.
Once you have your gauge, you're ready to start knitting your cardigan. Here's the basic pattern:Cast on:
Cast on a multiple of 4 stitches, plus 1 extra stitch for selvedge.Row 1 (RS):
K1, *yo, k2tog, k2; repeat from * to last stitch, k1.Row 2 (WS):
Purl all stitches.Row 3:
K1, *k2, yo, ssk, k1; repeat from * to last stitch, k1.Row 4:
Purl all stitches.Repeat rows 1-4 until the cardigan measures about 14-16 inches from cast-on edge, or desired length for front and back.Sleeves:
Cast on 40 stitches on each side of the cardigan, and work in the same pattern as for the body for about 8-10 inches, or desired length for sleeves.Hem:
Knit 1-2 inches of garter stitch (knit all stitches on every row) for a neat edge. Bind off all stitches loosely, and weave in ends.
Once you have completed all the pieces of your cardigan, it's time to assemble them. First, sew the sleeves to the body, aligning the edges and making sure the right sides are facing each other. Then, sew the side seams of the body and the sleeves, again making sure the right sides are facing each other. Finally, weave in any remaining ends and block your cardigan by washing it gently and laying it flat to dry, or using a steamer or blocking pins to shape it to the desired dimensions.
Knitting a triangle pattern ladies cardigan
may seem daunting at first, but with some practice and patience, you can create a stunning garment that will be the envy of your friends and family. Remember to choose a yarn that feels comfortable and suits your style, and to swatch for gauge to ensure a good fit. Also, feel free to customize the pattern by adding pockets, buttons, or other embellishments to make it your own.Happy knitting!