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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Sashiko
Sashiko Sashiko Cardigan
Sashiko Sashiko side

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit, purl, decrease, increase, cable

Pattern Description:

The stitch motif on this cardigan has been inspired by the traditional Japanese embroidery style, Sashiko. It consists of simple little cables, which can be worked without the aid of a cable needle if you're up to it. It's an involved but intuitive pattern that produces a stunning effect!
The rest of the cardigan is quite simple in contrast - knitted flat, with a scoop neck and half-length sleeves. Smooth merino yarn makes it great springwear.

Sizing note: If you are between sizes, pick the smaller size for the close fit shown in the sample, and the larger for a cardi loose enough to layer up.

Yardage for each size:
1075(1160, 1210, 1295, 1335, 1400) yds


Stockinette gauge;
22 stitches and 30 rows = 4" on larger needles

Pattern stitch gauge:
18sts, 32 rws (one repeat) = 2.5" x 3.25" on larger needles

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • To fit 34(36, 38, 40, 42, 44)" bust with 0.5" positive ease.


  • US 5 - 3.75mm needles
  • US 4 - 3.5mm needles
  • cable needle
  • yarn needle

You Will Also Need:

  • 8 x 22mm buttons
  • sewing thread for buttons

Suggested yarn:

1210 yards of DK weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Sublime Extra Fine Merino DK



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