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While looking around for ideas I came across this drape cardigan knitting pattern for beginners that has a ribbed collar and sleeves as well as a textured stitch pattern that is easy to do.

Click the image to get this free pattern.

This garment is knitted all in one piece starting from the lower back edge. At the point where the sleeves go, you then cast on stitches at the beginning of the next two rows. At the point where you need to shape for the neck the work is split into two and a number of stitches are cast off in the middle to account for the back of the neckline. Then each of the left and right fronts are worked separately to make the rest of the sleeve and lastly the left and right fronts.

Describing the way in which the garment is made up in words sounds more complicated than it really is – a diagram is supplied with the pattern which clearly shows how easy it is to do.

Yarn Needed?

This garment is done in Aran / worsted weight yarn such as the Lion Brand Vannas Choice range of yarn


You will need 4.5mm (US 7) and 5.5mm (US 9) circular knitting needles as the number of stitches you cast on is quite large. The circulars will be used as you normally would use a single-point straight knitting needle – there is NO joining in the round required.

If you try to squash all the stitches on a straight needle the weight will hurt your wrists and hands and be difficult to work with. A circular needle holds all the weight on the connecting cable and holds all the stitches comfortably.

You will need to have a stitch holder for when you are working on the left and right fronts.

If you’re a beginner knitted looking for a project then this one is perfect as it does not require any complicated skills.

What skills will you need?

You will need to know how to –

  • cast on and off
  • knit and purl stitches
  • how to pick up stitches to do the cuffs and the collar

All of these skills are easy to do. I have included a video that illustrates how easy it is to pick up stitches to make the cuffs or the collar.

I like the texture that is achieved so simply in this pattern and the way it is constructed.