Colorblock Cocoon Cardigan

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Unwind and keep warm without abandoning your modern sensibility. Alexis Winslow is known for her bold, graphic designs, and here she’s turned a cozy, short-sleeved batwing coat into a striking statement piece. Despite its generous dimensions, Escher flatters the figure with a colorblock triangle as the slimming focal point and deep ribbing that slants across the hips. The back is worked sideways from a provisional cast on and shaped with short rows; the fabric is then joined to work each sleeve cuff in the round. The ribbing is picked up for lower and upper sections, shaped with increases, and joined with short rows. Short rows also form the shawl collar. A single button allows for fastening the fronts closed. If graphic colorblocking isn’t your style, consider working a single-color version or even substituting reverse stockinette for the Color 3 stripes.


Fingering weight wool yarn in the following approximate amounts:

  • 610 (730, 865, 1015, 1175) yards of Color 1 (C1)
  • 240 (275, 330, 400, 455) yards of Color 2 (C2)
  • 220 (235, 250, 270, 290) yards of Color 3 (C3)


Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50g):

  • 3 (3, 4, 4, 5) skeins of C1; 1 (1, 2, 2, 2) skein(s) of C2; 1 (1, 1, 1, 2) skein(s) of C3
  • Photographed in colors Soot (C1), Cast Iron (C2), and Snowbound (C3)
  • 22 stitches and 38 rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch with Size A needle, after blocking
  • 22 stitches and 38 rows = 4″ in 2×2 Ribbing with Size B needle, after blocking

Size A (for Main Fabric):

  • One pair of straight needles or a 32″ circular needle* in size needed to obtain gauge listed
  • Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)

Size B (for Ribbing):

  • One 32″ circular needle and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs)† in size needed to obtain gauge listed
  • Suggested Size: 3½ mm (US 4)

*Knitter’s preferred style of needle may be used

†32″ circular needle can be used instead of DPNs if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round (i.e., Sleeves)

Finished dimensions
  • Width of back at lower ribbing: 32½ (35½, 41½, 47½, 53)”; sized to fit approximately 28-32 (34-38, 40-44, 46-50, 52-56)” bust
  • Sample shown is size 35½” on model with 33″ bust

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern

  • Provisional Cast On (waste yarn method)
  • Short Rows (Wrap & Turn method)
  • 1×1 Tubular Bind Off
  • Kitchener Stitch (Grafting)
  • Wet-Blocking
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