Bespoke Cardigan Knitting Pattern

1 December 2021
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Sizes and Finished Measurements

1 (2, 3, 4, 5)(6, 7, 8, 9)(10, 11, 12, 13, 14)

Finished chest, buttoned:
82 (85.5, 91, 97, 101)(107.5, 112.5, 122.5, 132.5)(141.5, 152, 163, 172.5, 182) cm/32 1⁄4 (33 3⁄4, 35 3⁄4, 38 1⁄4, 39 3⁄4)(42 1⁄4, 441⁄4,481⁄4,521⁄4)(553⁄4,593⁄4,641⁄4,68,713⁄4) inches.

To fit chest:
71 (76, 81.5, 86.5, 91.5)(96.5, 104, 112, 122)(132, 142, 152.5, 162.5, 172.5) cm/28 (30, 32, 34, 36)(38, 41, 44, 48)(52, 56, 60, 64, 68) inches.

Intended to be worn with 7.5-12.5 cm/3-5 inches positive ease at the full chest or 12.5-17.5 cm/5-7 inches positive ease at the upper chest measured at the armpit level.

Bespoke Cardigan (PDF Knitting Pattern)

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Designer Holli Yeoh gave the gift of a bespoke cardigan pattern to her stepfather Nigel. Featuring details of his choosing, Holli wrote a pattern for him to knit in exactly his size. Then she sized the pattern to fit 71-172.5 cm/28-68-inch chests, and that is what is available here. Bespoke is a deliberately and thoughtfully gender- and size-inclusive design, featuring options for narrow and broad shoulders, and regular and tall lengths.

With an allover simple cabled pattern and diamond motif that runs down the centre back and sleeves, the buttoned sweater features deep, integrated pockets; a choice of button placement on the right or left front; and a selection of techniques you’ll be happy to have in your knitter’s toolkit. Set-in sleeves and English- tailored shoulders provide a polished fit. The shawl collar is worked with short rows and changing needle sizes so the collar lays neatly around the back neck.

This 30-page pattern ebook is lengthy, simply to accommodate extensive size and fit options. We recommend that you read through the full pattern before beginning, and highlight only the instructions that refer to your chosen combination of size and fit. An interactive Table of Contents lets you jump to major sections when you read the pattern on a device. To conserve paper, we suggest printing only the pages you need for your options and size.


Smooth DK weight yarn with a tight twist for stitch definition. If choosing hand-dyed yarn, look for a solid or semi-solid colourway so the cables and diamonds can stand out.


There are several customization options in the pattern. Yardage is listed for a combination of options that requires the least yarn (regular length and narrow shoulders) and the most (tall length and broad shoulders). Use this information to determine about how much yarn you will require, erring on the side of too much:

Regular Length and Narrow Shoulders: 1900 (1985, 2155, 2270, 2425)(2570, 2720, 2935, 3175)(3390, 3600, 3895, 4165, 4545) m/2080 (2170, 2355, 2480, 2650)(2810, 2975, 3205, 3470)(3710, 3940, 4260, 4555, 4970) yd.

Tall Length and Broad Shoulders: 2010 (2105, 2285, 2395, 2530)(2685, 2825, 3075, 3315)(3570, 3800, 4140, 4430, 4860) m/2195 (2305, 2500, 2615, 2765)(2935, 3090, 3365, 3625)(3905, 4155, 4525, 4845, 5315) yd.

Shown here in SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash DK (100% superwash merino wool; 256 yd/234 m per 4 oz/115 g skein); Cayenne (seen on Nigel) or Stealth Mode (seen on Holli), 9 (9, 10, 10, 11)(11, 12, 13, 14)(15, 16, 17, 18, 20) skeins to 9 (9, 10, 11, 11)(12, 13, 14, 15)(16, 17, 18, 19, 21) skeins.


  • 4 mm/US #6 needles for working flat, or size to obtain gauge;
  • 3.5 mm/US #4 needles for working flat, or two sizes smaller than gauge needles;
  • 3.5 mm/US #4 circular needle, at least 100 cm/40 inches long, or two sizes smaller than gauge needles;
  • 3.25 mm/US #3 circular needle, at least 100 cm/40 inches long, or three sizes smaller than gauge needles;
  • 3 mm/US #2 1⁄2 circular needle, at least 100 cm/40 inches long, or four sizes smaller than gauge needles;
  • One extra needle, 2 to 4 sizes larger than size used to obtain gauge; used for bind-off only.


  • Stitch markers;
  • Locking stitch markers;
  • Cable needle;
  • Waste yarn (smooth and in contrasting colour);
  • Yarn needle;
  • 7 (6, 7, 7, 7)(7, 7, 7, 7)(6, 6, 6, 6, 7) buttons, 2 cm/3⁄4 inch diameter for Regular Length; 7 (7, 7, 7, 7)(7, 7, 7, 7)(6, 6, 6, 6, 6) buttons, 2 cm/3⁄4 inch diameter for Tall Length;
  • Thread and sewing needle for buttons.
Copyright © Holli Yeoh except as indicated.

About Holli Yeoh

Holli feels strongly about fine craftsmanship, believing that while there’s more than one right way to do things, it’s important to do it right! To this end, she teaches skills that enable knitters to feel justified pride in their finished projects, while accommodating different knitting styles and preferences. Students leave her workshops with an arsenal of valuable techniques, deep understanding of the choices to be made in knitting, and new confidence. Find her patterns on Ravelry, LoveCrafts, Makerist, and Payhip, and follow her work on Instagram at @holliyeoh and her website at

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