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At 6' tall, I used to have a hard time finding sweaters with long enough sleeves. So I took up knitting to make my own sweaters.

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Garter and Rib Cardigan #183

from Vermont Fiber Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Garter and Rib Cardigan #183
Garter and Rib Cardigan #183
Garter and Rib Cardigan #183
Garter and Rib Cardigan #183
Garter and Rib Cardigan #183
Garter and Rib Cardigan #183

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knitting, purling, yarnovers, picking up stitches, increasing, decreasing

Pattern Description:

This lovely cardigan is worked in one piece to the armholes, then the sleeves are picked up and worked down, using optional short-row shaping to shape the sleeve caps. The Garter stitch panel at the bottom of the body is shaped gently to keep the sweater from clinging, and the 3/4-length sleeves (or alternative long sleeves) are belled slightly.

The yarn I used works up at a gauge of 5 sts per inch in Stockinette stitch; if you wish to use a different yarn, make sure you find one that will match this gauge.


19 sts and 34 rows = 4" (10 cm) in Garter stitch, using larger needles
22 sts and 25 rows = 4" (10 cm) in Rib Pattern, using larger needles

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • XXS (27.25") to 6X (67.25")


  • 975-1900 yards worsted weight yarn
  • sizes 6 (4 mm) and 5 (3.75 mm) needles

You Will Also Need:

  • 7/8" buttons