Knit a Cardigan with Rico Creative Twist

knitting a cardigan rico creative twist free knitting pattern

Knit a Cardigan with Rico Creative Twist - Wear this cardigan on colder days in winter or combine it with a dress on a cool summer night; this cardigan made of Rico Creative Twist is perfectly suitable for any occasion! This robust skein gives your knitting project a sturdy look, but at the same time feels super soft to ensure wearing comfortability. Do you want to make your own chunky knitted cardigan? Take a look at the free knitting patterns here.

With Rico Creative Twist Super Chunky you can easily and quickly make the most cool projects! The soft skein made of 80% Acrylic and 20% Alpaca has a twined structure and thereby gives your project an extra twist. This yarn is best used on 10 mm knitting needles and thus knits up fast making sure your cardigan is finished in no time. Pick one of the beautifully serene colours and start right ahead!

Which colours would you pick?
rico creative twist colours

Sizes: 36-40 (42-46)
The deviating sizes for the long cardigan are in between < >

Material for the short cardigan:
- 8 (9) balls Rico Creative Twist Super Chunky colour 1
- Knitting needles no. 8 and 10
- Cable needle
- 1 press stud

Material for the long cardigan:
- 11 (12) balls Rico Creative Twist Super Chunky colour 15
- Knitting needles no. 8 and 10
Cable needle
- 1 press stud

Stitches used:
- Half fishermans rib stitch: row 1 (right side): *knit 1 st., yarn over 1, slip 1 st. purlwise; repeat from *, end with 1 knit st.
Row 2: *purl 1 st., knit slipped st. and yarnover together; repeat from *, end with 1 purl st.
Repeat row 1 and 2.
Knit this pattern without an edge st. (except the edges of the bands at the front pieces).
- Rib stitch: Right side row 1: 1 knit, 1 purl. Wrong side row: work st. even.
- Stocking stitch: Right side row: knit all st., wrong side: purl all st.
- Double edge stitch: At the beginning of the row: slip 1 st. purlwise, keep your yarn behind your needle, knit 1 st. At the end of the row: knit until 2 st. before the end of the row, slip 1 st. purlwise, your yarn is in front of your work, knit 1 st.
- Yarn over: Right side: knit 1 st., yarn over 1, slip 1 st. purlwise, 1 pass over slipped stitch (psso = slip st. knit next st., pass slipped st. over knitted st.).
Left side: knit until last 4 st. of the row, knit 2 st together, yarn over 1, slip 1 st. purlwise, knit 1 st.
- Cable pattern 1 (6 st): Row 1 - 8: stocking st. Row 9: slip 3 st. on the cable needle and keep it behind your work. Knit 3 st., knit st. on the cable needle. Row 10: purl st. Repeat rows 1 - 10.
- Cable pattern 2 (6 st): Row 1 - 8: stocking st. Row 9: slip 3 st. on the cable needle and keep it in front of your work. Knit 3 st., knit st. on the cable needle. Row 10: purl st. Repeat rows 1 - 10.

Gauge:
8 stitches and 18 rows in base pattern, with knitting needles no. 10 = 10 x 10 cm

back twist cardigan knitting pattern

Knitting Pattern Cardigan:

Back
Cast on 45 (49) st. with knitting needles no. 10 and knit 3 rows rib stitch. Start with a wrong side row and 1 purl st.
Continue row 4 as followed: knit 16 (18) st. in base pattern, 6 st. cable pattern 1, yarn over 1, slip 1 st. purlwise, 6 st. cablepattern 2, 16 (18) st in base pattern, start with a yarn over 1, and slipping 1 st. purlwise.
At a total height of 21 (23) cm <47 (49) cm> start decreasing for the raglan shape. On both sides, alternately every 2nd row and every 4th row psso 17x1 (18x1) st. At the same time start with the shift of the cables. Knit base pattern until 2 st. before cable pattern 1, purl 2 st. together, 6 st. cable pattern 1, knit 1 stitch from the horizontal strand of the previous row, yarn over 1 and slip 1 st. purlwise, knit 1 st. fromt the horizontal strand of the previous row, 6 st. cable pattern 2, purl 2 st. together. Work the rest of the row in base pattern. Continue the st. knitted together in purl stocking st. and complement the increased st. in base pattern.
Repeat this shift every 6th row. When the cable st. need to be decreased on the outside edges, in the rows with the shift each time 3 st. need to be purled together. Continue the increases from the horizontal strands as before. When all cable st. are finished, continue in base pattern. At a total height of 50 (54) cm <76 (80) cm> cast off the remaining 11 (13) st.

Left Front
Cast on 27 (31) st. with knitting needles no. 10 and knit 3 rows rib stitch. Start with a wrong side row. At the left side (for the side of the edge band) knit a double edge st. and continue with 1 purl st.
Continue in row 4 as followed: knit 10 (12) st. in base pattern, start with 1 knit st., 6 st. cable pattern 1, 9 (11) st. in base pattern, start with yarn over 1 and slip 1 st. purlwise, double edge st.
At a total height of 21 (23) cm <47 (49) cm> make the decreases on the right side the same as the backpatch for the raglan shape. At a total height of 45 (49) cm < 71 (75) cm> cast off the left side 6 st. for the neckline. For the neckline, in the next 2nd row cast off another 1 st. Continue the decreases for the raglan shape until you have 2 st. left on your needle. Knit the last 2 st. together pattern wise, and finish your piece this way.

Right Front
Cast on 27 (31) st. with knitting needles no. 10 and knit 3 rows rib st. Start with a wrong side row and with 1 purl st. Knit the double edge st. at the end of the row. In the 4th row continue as followed: knit a double edge st., 9 (11) st. in base pattern, start with yarn over 1 and slip 1 st. purlwise, 6 st. cable pattern 2, 10 (12) st. in base pattern, start with yarn over 1 and slip 1 st. purlwise. Work the right front reversed to the left front.

Sleeves
Cast on 35 (39) st <21 (25) st> with knitting needles no. 10 and knit 3 rows rib st. Start with a wrong side row and 1 purl st. Continue in base pattern from row 4.
<For the sleeve shape increase on both sides every 10th row 7x1 st. and continue increased st. pattern wise = 35 (39) st.> At a total height of 17 (19) cm <43 cm> start the decreases for the raglan shape. On both sides, psso 14x1 (16x1) st. Alternate the decreases 2x in each 4th row and 1x in each 2nd row (i.o.w in the 4th, 8th and 10th row of 10 rows). At a total height of 46 (50) cm <72 (74) cm> cast off the remaining 7 st. Knit a second sleeve the same way.

twist cardigan pattern chartThe deviating sizes for the long cardigan are in between < >

Assembly
Span all parts according to the pattern, spray block them and let them dry. Close all seams and attach the sleeves in the armholes. For the collar, with knitting needles no. 8 knit up 41 (47) stitches from the neckline. Start and end 8 cm from the front side and knit rib stitch. Knit double edge st. on both sides. At a total height of 11 cm, loosely bind off all st. Put the front pieces such that they overlap each other appr. 8 cm. At the upper edge of the neckline, attach the press stud and make sure it remains invisible.

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13 comments

  • Isabel

    I'm having difficulty following this pattern. Could someone contact me and help me out. I am a experienced knitter.

    • Hi Isabel, of course I would like to help you! What's your question about?

    • Amanda

      I, too, am having some trouble with the pattern, particularly with the decreases to the back panel. The pattern states, "On both sides, alternately every 2nd row and every 4th row psso 17x1 (18x1) st."

      I understand this to mean: In every even (RS) row, decrease by two stitches.
      But where do the decrease go? Do we knit 17 stitches in base pattern and then decrease by one (PSSO), knit the cables, decrease by one, and then knit 17 stitches? This is what the instructions seem to say. But the photos suggest that the decreases come at the beginning of the even rows, to make the triangular shape of the upper back for the insertion of the raglan sleeves.

      Also, the instructions say that the shift for the traveling cables should repeat every 6 rows. This seems to conflict with the instruction above to work the decreases every other row (even rows). Does the pattern actually mean: Decrease every two rows, but increase the stitches between the traveling cables every 6 rows?

      Thanks in advance!

      • Hi Amanda,

        The decreases come at the beginning and the end of the even rows, such that you get a sort of waistline. Then when you've started the first shift of the cable, 6 rows up start shifting again (so it also means that you should increase the sts. inbetween the cables every 6th row) Hope this makes sense!

  • Val Martinez

    Hi!
    My question is, when working the back piece, will there always be 45 sts on the needles till time to decrease? On the first row 4 (right side) when I get to the end it says to 16 st in base pattern, start with a yarn over 1, and slipping 1 st purl wise. Is there 2 YO's in this row?
    Sorry for being difficult or confusing, I'm home sick with a fever, maybe I shouldn't be knitting right now LOL!!!!!
    Thank you though :)
    Val M

    • Hi Val, there will 45 sts. on your needles after completing the 2 rows of base pattern. There arev 2 YO in this row, but when working the wrong side row of the base pattern you'll knit the YO together with the next stitch. Hope this makes sense :)

      • Elaine Guy

        Good evening, I'm having a problem getting started.
        Do you start the cable on the third row right side facing? After two rows of ribbing.
        Is the purl wise is on the knitting rows?
        Thank u

        • Hi Elaine, you have to do 3 rows of ribbing, starting with a wrong side row. In row 4 you need to work the cable pattern and this row is on the right side facing. Then you knit 16 sts. and so on according to the pattern. Good luck!

          • Elaine Guy

            Hello reading 17x1 for the size 81-91. I'm unsure term 17x1? Does this mean 17 stitches ?
            Thank you again,
            Elaine Guy

            • Hi Elaine, it means that you have to psso 17 times 1 st. and it says do to alternate these decreases every 2nd and 4th row. In total you will decrease 17 sts. Good luck!

  • Elaine Guy

    Hello, I just found your site today. Absolutely lovely knits. Thank you

  • Jilly

    Am on my second attempt! Can't get the tension right. Have the 8 stitches but no how is it 18 rows therefore the raglan is way out! Anyone else have same problem? And hopefully a solution!
    Thanks

    • Hi Jilly, are you using the original yarn for this pattern or a substitute that has a similar gauge? And are you measuring the swatch/gauge using the base pattern (which is a fisherman's rib)? This kind of stitch tends to be compact and usually requires twice the number of rows compared to normal ribbing. Hope this helps you out!

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