Willow is a top-down cardigan with raglan shaping, with both a refined and casual style. The button-band is simultaneously integrated into the pattern and does not require picking up stitches. I-cord edging frames the collar, hem, cuffs, and button-bands for an extra, refined detail.
The pattern begins with an i-cord at the collar, then proceeds with short-row shaping at the back neck for a better fit – with detailed row-by-row directions for added clarity.
The cardigan features a cable and lace pattern that begins on the back and gently wraps around to the front panels.
Possible modifications include the option of fewer buttons (instead of as-written) and the option of a shorter sleeve length – pattern includes directions for full-length sleeves, but 3/4-length sleeves are also possible with this top-down construction.
NOTE: the yarn I used in the sample is technically classified as sport weight, but behaves as a DK. For yarn substitution, a DK weight yarn may better provide pattern gauge.

Pattern includes detailed instructions with:

  • detailed row-by-row short-row directions, including a photo tutorial link,
  • detailed stitch counts (as a separate PDF file),
  • charts also include written directions,
  • directions are color-coded according to size

81 (90, 99.5, 109, 118, 127.5) cm
31¾ (35½, 39¼, 43, 46½, 50¼) inches

Shown in Size 90 cm / 35½ inches with about 5 cm / 2 inches of positive ease.

Malabrigo Arroyo
100% merino wool
305 meters (334 yards) / 100 grams
4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6) skeins
in #407 Coffee Toffee

3.5 mm (US 4) circular needle, 80 or
100 cm (32 or 40 inches) long
3.5 mm (US 4) double-pointed needles
or use needle size that gives you the correct gauge

12 (13, 13, 14, 16, 15) buttons,
ø 18 mm or ¾ inches
stitch markers
cable needle
yarn needle

21.5 stitches / 28 rows = 10 cm (4 inches) in stockinette stitch

PHOTOS: Szilvia Beischlag

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