If you're looking for a cozy, stylish cardigan to add to your wardrobe, a tear pattern design may be just what you need. This pattern creates a unique, eye-catching texture that's perfect for cooler weather, and can be dressed up or down to suit a variety of occasions.
What You'll Need
Before you get started on your cardigan, you'll need to gather a few supplies:
Yarn in your chosen color (worsted weight works well for this project)
Knitting needles in a size appropriate for your yarn
A tapestry needle for weaving in loose ends
Once you have your supplies ready, it's time to start knitting! Here's what to do:
Cast on the desired number of stitches for the body of your cardigan. You'll want to choose a number that's divisible by 4, since the tear pattern is a multiple of 4 stitches.
Knit the first row in a rib stitch pattern (knit 2, purl 2) to create a neat, stretchy edge.
Begin the tear pattern by knitting two stitches together, then knitting the next two stitches separately. Repeat this pattern across the row.
Knit the next row by purling two stitches together, then purling the next two stitches separately. Repeat this pattern across the row.
Continue alternating these two rows until the body of your cardigan is the desired length.
When you reach the underarms of your cardigan, place the stitches on hold using waste yarn, then cast on a new set of stitches to create the underarm.
Continue knitting the body of the cardigan until you reach the other underarm, and repeat the process for the second sleeve.
Knit each sleeve in the same tear pattern as the body of the cardigan until the desired length is reached.
Cast off all stitches and weave in any loose ends with a tapestry needle.
Once you've completed the body and sleeves of the cardigan, it's time to add the finishing touches. Here's what to do:
Join the underarm stitches using a three-needle bind-off or by grafting the stitches together with a tapestry needle.
Knit the collar of the cardigan by picking up stitches around the neckline and knitting in rib stitch for 2-3 inches.
Block your cardigan to even out any uneven stitches and ensure a polished finish. Simply soak your cardigan in lukewarm water, press out any excess water, and lay it flat to dry, shaping it as desired.
By following this tutorial, you'll be able to knit a beautiful tear pattern women's cardigan that's perfect for any occasion. With its unique texture and cozy fit, you're sure to love wearing this cardigan all season long!