Lipstick Cardigan

from Marly Bird

Lipstick Cardigan Pattern


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Knitting: Lipstick Cardigan
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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details






Women, Petite, Tall, Plus-sized



Skill Level:

small skill level requirement Beginner

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Cast On
  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Yarn Over
  • Decrease
  • Bind Off

Pattern Description:

A flattering style on almost any body type, this cardigan will be a must in your wardrobe this fall. Similar to the widely popular Opening Night this cardigan has a lot of swing and drape in the front all while the back is a nice tailored fit.

Knit in pieces then seamed together in a way that allows the front collar trim and the bottom trim to drape at the hips and not add unnecessary fabric to the back side.

The fun scroll pattern used in the trims is reversible so there are no worries about showing the "wrong side".

The yarn used in this piece is a worsted weight, kettle dyed yarn called Red Rocks Fiber Works, "Highlands" (100% Superwash Merino; color Red Lipstick). This yarn is not available anymore but is easily substitutable. I would recommend a yarn that has a twist like Malabrigo Rios.


GAUGE 16 sts and 24 rows = 4" [10 cm] in Stockinette st after blocking
2 reps = 5" wide x 6" long in Scroll pat after blocking
To save time, take time to check gauge.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Finished Measurements: Bust: 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58)" / 76 (86.5, 96.5, 106.5, 117, 127, 137, 147.5) cm
  • Length not including trim: 121/2 (13, 14, 141/2, 15, 16, 161/4, 161/2)" / 32 (33, 35.5, 37, 38, 40.5, 41.5, 42) cm
  • MEASUREMENTS Women's XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X) Shown in size L Instructions are given for smallest size, with larger sizes in parentheses. When only 1 number is given, it applies to all sizes.


  • Yarn 1300 (1550, 1850, 2125, 2425, 2825, 3100, 3375) yds / 1189 (1418, 1692, 1944, 2218, 2584, 2835, 3087) m of worsted weight yarn. Shown in 100% Superwash Merino.
  • Needles Size US 8 (5.5 mm) circular needle, 24" in length or longer or size needed to obtain gauge. Note: Sweater is worked straight, circular needle is used for comfort of holding full width of pieces.

You Will Also Need:

  • Stitch Holder
  • Tapestry Needle

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Malabrigo Rios

About Designer

About Designer

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Marlaina "Marly" Bird fled the world of financial services to launch her Yarn Thing podcast and hasn't looked back since. To Marly, a bi-craftsy girl who both knits and crochets, the yarn is the star, not how you work with it. She's creative director for Bijou Basin Ranch Yarns and the co-author of Curvy Crochet (Leisure Arts, 2011). You've seen her designs in Knit Simple, Interweave ...

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