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Classic Top-Down Sweater for Women Pattern

Difficulty: Easy

Every woman needs a classic sweater in her wardrobe, this classic sweater: the pullover is basic enough to wear with jeans and a t-shirt on your way to the farmer's market or to dress it up with a pair of tailored trousers for the office. The cardigan - embellished with cherry blossoms, made in embellished yarn or in delicious cashmere without any embellishment at all - is beautiful, and timeless. You might just want to make this sweater in several colors and fibers so you can wear it all year round.

The pattern includes instructions for top-down pullover or cardigan, with straight or bell sleeves at 3/4 length or long, and a placket that is simply ribbed or ribbed that terminates in a Stockinette roll . . . so you can make it in different colors and fibers as well as slightly different iterations and each sweater will have it's own personality.

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Intrepid beginner- Requires knowledge of knitting and purling, increasing, decreasing, and working on circular & double-pointed needles


20 sts and 28 rows over 4" (10cm) on size 7 (4.5mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge.


Yarn Requirements

Sizes (in) 30" 32" 34" 36" 38" 40" 42" 44" 46" 48" 50"
(1 skein ~125 yds) 8 8 9 9 10 10 11 11 12 12 13

Needles and Other Materials

Size 7 (4.5mm) circular needles in 16" (40cm) and 24" (60cm) sizes
Locking Stich Markers
Tapestry needle
Sewing needle
Nylon beading thread
9 - 15 .5"/1.25 cm buttons

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