Michael Cardigan PATTERN (Printed)
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Michael Cardigan PATTERN (Printed)

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How about a cardigan sweater with a few design features and knitting techniques that will make knitting it a pleasure and wearing it an even greater delight. This is a top down pattern with no seams. It incorporates an elegant invisible raglan seam increase with hems on the cuff and the body, versus ribbing, which magically require no sewing. The peek of color inside the pockets is echoed in the subtle trim along the button placket providing the finishing touch. It can dress up a pair of jeans or take the place of a sport coat. How’s that for versatile?

Haven’t knitted a top-down sweater before? Don’t worry. Here’s a free, printable PDF  of top-down knitting instructions.

Pattern and Row Checker
This pattern is nicely printed on card stock in a handy pocket size. A list of all abbreviations, glossary of terms, and a crisp schematic with dimensions for proper blocking are included. It also comes with my unique Row Checker. A tool you can use to help keep track of your stitch count, row number, increases, and decreases. Throughout the pattern you’ll find indicators of when to refer to your Row Checker.

Knitting Help
For your convenience, I’ve collected knitting tips and links to videos that will make knitting your project easier and even more fun. Knitting Help


This sweater was designed for the following yarns. 11 color options.

Euroflax Sport, 100% Linen
This sport weight linen yarn is wet spun from flax-fiber. Exceptional softness is achieved by fine splitting the long fibers and double-boiling the yarn. Machine wash on gentle cycle using a non-bleach, mild soap. Dry in your dryer on a medium setting for 15 minutes, then lay flat to finish. For an even softer result, dry completely in the dryer. To enhance the sheen of the yarn, steam with a steam iron.

Skeins in primary/secondary colors for S(M, L, XL, XXL) = 6/1(8/1, 8/1, 9/1, 10/1)

Lana Grossa’s Cotone, 100% Cotton
A wonderfully soft hand defines this as a luxurious cotton yarn. Hand wash cold and lay flat to dry.

Skeins in Primary/Secondary Colors for S(M, L, XL, XXL) = 15/1(15/1, 16/1, 17/1, 19/1 )

Gauge: 22 sts and 32 rows = 4”/10cm in stockinette

Suggested Needles and Notions:

  • US4/3.5mm 16”/40.5cm circular*
  • US7-10 / 4-6mm 24”/60cm or 32”/80cm circular*
  • US4/3.5mm double-pointed*
  • Stitch Markers

* or size needed to obtain gauge


Small – Finished Chest 39.5"/101cm
Medium – Finished Chest 42.5"/106cm
Large – Finished Chest 45"/114.3cm
X-Large – Finished Chest 50”/127cm
XX-Large – Finished Chest 52.5"/133.3cm

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Delivery is estimated at 5 to 10 business days. If you should need to return a purchase, please click on the returns page for our Returns Policy.

This pattern is also available as a kit. To see kit options in 6 colorways click here.

The kit for this sweater, complete with pattern and yarn, comes in a backpack-style project bag. On the front of the backpack is a zippered pouch with a porthole. You can insert the ball of yarn from which you’re knitting and run the yarn through the porthole, so if you like, you can even knit while walking down the street.

Backpack-style project bag in two views: on model and showing contents - James Cox Knits

Note: needles and handsome guy not included.