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Watkins Cardigan

Posted on 03.01.2021

By Anna Nozaki

Big, bold colorwork stitches is the name of the game with Whitney Hayward’s Watkins cardigan. Worked in four colors of chunky-weight wool Puffin, this sweater is worked seamlessly from the bottom up in the round, utilizing steeks to divide the front halves of the body. A perfect choice for first-time steek cutters and seasoned colorwork aficionados alike, our pattern comes with illustrated step-by-step instructions on steeking, from reinforcement to cutting, all practiced first on your project swatch—making this a fun and memorable project to knit.

Required Materials & Pattern Details

Watkins Cardigan pattern by Whitney Hayward

Finished measurements:

30¾ (36, 41¼, 46¾, 52, 57¼, 62¾) inches bust circumference
Shown in size 36 inches with 6 inches positive ease.

Yarn: Puffin by Quince & Co

  • A: 7 (8, 9, 10, 10, 11, 12) skeins Canvas
  • B: 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3) skeins Crow
  • C: 1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2) skeins Camel
  • D: 1 skein Nasturium

Needles & notions:


12 sts and 20 rnds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch with middle-sized needles, after blocking
14 sts and 16 rnds = 4 inches in colorwork with largest needles, after blocking

Skills Required

Long-tail, long-tail tubular and backward loop cast ons, steeking, stranded colorwork, wrap-and-turn short rows, duplicate stitch (links provided); increasing, decreasing, working in the round.