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I am certified as a Level 1 Master Hand Knitter by The Knitting Guild Association. My grandmother Lena taught me to knit when I was 4 ...

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You Can Do It! Simply Elegant Cardigan

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : You Can Do It! Simply Elegant Cardigan
You Can Do It! Simply Elegant Cardigan
You Can Do It! Simply Elegant Cardigan
You Can Do It! Simply Elegant Cardigan
You Can Do It! Simply Elegant Cardigan

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Cast on, knit, purl,, k2tog, bind off
  • Basic sewing skills
  • Optional: Use a sewing machine

Pattern Description:

If you've ever wondered if you can apply bias tape or any other fabric to your hand knitted items using a sewing machine, the answer is YES, YOU CAN DO IT!

To prove it, I've designed my "Yes You Can Do It! Simply Elegant Open Front Cardigan." It's not only simply elegant, it's elegantly simple to make. REALLY! The knitting involves some easy decreases, which I explain to you in my pattern. I've also included color photos showing you how to apply bias tape to the neckline/front edging of your project.

For this project, I used a Clover 2-inch/5 cm bias tape making tool to make my own bias tape out of a gorgeous brocade fabric. These are fun little gadgets. You slide fabric through one end of the tool and as you pull the fabric out of the other end, you iron the folds.

If you're curious about combining basic sewing skills with your knitting, I hope you'll consider my design. It's an easy knit and if you follow my instructions, you should end up with a beautiful Simply Elegant Open Front Cardigan. Once you try this, a whole new world of knitting possibilities will open up for you. Of course if you don't have a sewing machine, you can still apply the bias tape by hand.

The sleeves are designed to be 3/4 length, but you can certainly make them full length if that is your wish.

As with all my designs, if you have any questions as you work, please contact me via the Email printed on the pattern. I will get back to you with the answer. I want you to have fun, learn something new and end up with a fantastic result!


4 stitches and 6 rows = 1 inch/2.5 cm

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Ladies Sizes Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large
  • Finished Chest Circumference: about 44, 48, 52, 56 inches/112, 122, 132, 142 cm


  • Worsted weight (4-ply) yarn (3.5 oz/100g), 800 to 1280 yds/732 to1170 meters, depending on size
  • US size 9 circular or straight needle(s)
  • Stitch markers
  • Stitch holder or extra needle
  • Fabric and/or interfacing
  • 6 buttons
  • Bias tape maker tool
  • Sewing thread
  • Optional: sewing machine