Make Your Own Basics: The V-neck cardigan

Make Your Own Basics: The v-neck cardigan

So far in our wardrobe of handmade basics, we’ve got a button-down shirt, a classic crewneck pullover and a sweatshirt. A well-rounded closet needs 1-3 cardigans, if you ask me, and for my money the most useful, hardest working of them is a V-neck cardigan. (Referred to increasingly often as a “boyfriend” cardigan, but that term gets up my nose!) Especially if it’s thin and light and knitted from a cotton or linen blend, a simple cardigan like this can be a year-round layering piece and girl’s best friend. Here are three great options, with key distinctions among them:

TOP: Uniform by Carrie Bostick Hoge has been mentioned often here — with an array of choices for sleeve length and shape, body length and shape, pocket approaches and neckback treatments, it might be the only pattern you need. Worsted-weight, raglan-sleeved, bottom-up seamless

MIDDLE: Equation by Enjolina Campbell has slant pockets I totally love. (It also has a decorative purl-stitch chevron motif on the sides that you could easily leave out, if preferred.) Worsted-weight, set-in sleeves, knitted flat and seamed

BOTTOM: Bly by Amy Christoffers (free pattern) is an ultra-basic raglan with a split-hem (which you could also omit) and garter-edged-ribbing detail. Worsted-weight, top-down seamless (See also: Shapely Boyfriend by Stefanie Japel)

(For more on sweater construction, pros and cons, see An intro to sweater construction)


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15 thoughts on “Make Your Own Basics: The V-neck cardigan

  1. Interesting – been thinking about what yarn I “need” to buy at Fiber Frolic next weekend, and I was thinking about a cardigan… thanks for the great ideas!

  2. Love all your picks. Question about sleeve length, my preference is for wrist length as I think the bottom sweater looks skimpy. I have noticed this on a lot of sweaters. Is this a fashion trend or just models with long arms?

  3. I am working on Bly at the moment, but misjudged the fit of the pattern for my purposes. It is too fitted to throw on top of anything. I didn’t figure this out until I had worked most of the body and started a sleeve, which I then realized would be too tight to wear over something like T-shirt. I ended up starting the whole thing over with modified stitch counts for the sleeves and raglan shaping. And will add length and inset pockets!

  4. I love the slanted pockets and Chervon detail on Equation, I may have to add this one to my list next. I live for cardigans.

  5. lovely examples and this post made me smile as soon as i saw it because i am just finishing up my own V-neck cardigan in a cotton blend (berroco weekend)!

  6. I really must make another cardigan. I made a V-neck Reine Cardigan, which I very much love and wear at least four days a week. Thanks for the other good ideas. I never used to like cardigans, but they have really grown on me.

  7. I can’t get enough of the wee garter ridge over ribbing detail — I think I first noticed it in a few patterns by Carrie Bostick Hoge and now I want to add it to everything!

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  9. Would any of these cardigan patterns be suitable for a first-timer? I would really like to move ahead of shawls.

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