Cashew Cardigan by Janine Myska

Cashew Cardigan

January 2023
DK (11 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 12 rows = 4 inches
in double crochet
3.75 mm (F)
1275 - 3250 yards (1166 - 2972 m)
9 Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL) (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)
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Worked seamlessly from the top down, the Cashew Cardigan is a light raglan cardigan with a short-row collar that can be converted to an optional button band.


Yarn: Sport/light DK—Lion Brand Superwash Merino in Hemp; tutorial photos shown in Elm

  • 100% Extra Fine Merino Wool
  • 306 yds (280 m) per 3.5 oz (100 g) skein
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Yardage Required: 5 (5, 6, 7, 8) (9, 10, 11, 11) skeins for sizes XS (S, M, L, XL) (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X), or

  • 1275 (1425, 1600, 1850, 2150) (2450, 2750, 3050, 3250) yds
  • 1165 (1303, 1463, 1691, 1965) (2239, 2514, 2788, 2971) m

If substituting Lion Brand Superwash Merino, choose any similar category #3, light, DK weight yarn or category #2, sport weight yarn that matches gauge. Note that this yarn is labeled a category #3, light weight yarn but you will likely be able to match gauge with many category #2, sport weight yarns as well. Always swatch before beginning to ensure you are happy with the resulting fabric.

Hook: Size U.S. F/5 (3.75 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge

Notions: Tapestry needle, several locking stitch markers, 4-5 buttons measuring 0.75”/2 cm (optional – not shown in sample photos), sewing needle and matching thread for sewing buttons onto your cardigan (optional)

(U.S. Terms)
BOR: beginning of round
ch: chain
ch-sp: chain space
bpdc: back post double crochet
dc: double crochet
dc2tog: double crochet 2 stitches together
dec: decreased
fpdc: front post double crochet
inc: increased
rep: repeat
rnd: round
RS: right side
sc: single crochet
sk: skip
sl st: slip stitch
st(s): stitch(es)
tch: turning chain
WS: wrong side

4 x 4” (10 x 10 cm) = 21 dc and 12 rows, blocked.

Swatching Note: Superwash yarns are known to grow a lot once washed and blocked. Be sure to wash and block your swatch the same way you would your finished garment before measuring gauge.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Sizing: This #SizeInclusive cardigan is written in nine sizes as follows: XS (S, M, L, XL) (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X). Make sure to follow the numbers for your size only.
* View full sizing chart on next page

Stitch Counts: Stitch counts are listed after each row/rnd in italics. If no stitch count is given, there has been no change since the previous row/rnd. If only one number is provided, it applies to all sizes.

  • An “x” indicates that particular instruction does not apply to your size.
  • There are several Stitch Count Checkpoints along the way to help ensure you are on the right track before proceeding to the next section.

Turning Chain: The turning chain does not count as a stitch anywhere in this pattern.

Construction: This cardigan is worked seamlessly from the top down with raglan shaping. You will work the specified increases until reaching your yoke depth, then separate your work to create space for the sleeves and body. The body is worked next with post stitch ribbing along the bottom hem, then the collar is worked with short-rows and optional buttonholes. Lastly, you will crochet the sleeves which taper and have matching post stitch ribbing on the cuffs.

Adjusting Length: To adjust the length, simply continue crocheting the body to your desired length before ribbing.

Buttons: The optional 4-5 buttons included in the Notions section are not shown in the sample photos since the Lion Brand kit does not come with buttons.
* Tip – the thrift store is a great place to find unique buttons for a fraction of the price!