Colorwork Cardigan

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Scandinavian-style colorwork applied to a thoroughly modern shape makes Galloway an eye-catching piece that’s engaging to knit and pure fun to style. The exaggerated deep V of the open fronts can be overlapped and belted closed or left to hang in sculptural freedom. Trim raglan shoulders keep the fit tidy and stable above. Worked in the round with a steek, this pattern teaches and hones advanced knitting skills. The single-ribbed edge is picked up and worked after cut edges are secured, with a tubular bind-off to match the tubular cast-on at the hem and cuffs. Indulge your love of color with four hues from the Shelter palette, but rest assured that only one round of the chart uses three colors at once.


Worsted weight wool yarn:

925 (1030, 1130, 1325, 1435, 1555) yards of Color 1 (C1)

125 (150, 160, 190, 210, 235) yards of Color 2 (C2)

55 (60, 70, 80, 85, 95) yards of Color 3 (C3)

115 (130, 150, 170, 190, 210) yards of Color 4 (C4)


Brooklyn Tweed Shelter — 100% American Targhee-Columbia Wool (140 yards/50 grams)

7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12) skeins of C1

1 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2) skein(s) of C2

1 skein of C3

1 (1, 2, 2, 2, 2) skein(s) of C4

Samples photographed in colors Sweatshirt (C1), Fossil (C2), Bale (C3) & Hayloft (C4) and Old World (C1), Fossil (C2), Sweatshirt (C3), Flannel (C4)


Additional swatches are shown in the following colorways:

Fest: Woodsmoke (C1), Cinnabar (C2), Fossil (C3), Long Johns (C4)

Peat: Pumpernickel (C1), Hayloft (C2), Nest (C3), Woodsmoke (C4)

Sangria: Pumpernickel (C1), Cinnabar (C2), Fossil (C3), Long Johns (C4)

Walnut: Barn Owl (C1), Fossil (C2), Woodsmoke (C3), Meteorite (C4)

Greyscale: Sweatshirt (C1), Fossil (C2), Soot (C3), Cast Iron (C4)

Moss: Artifact (C1), Tallow (C2), Sap (C3), Fauna (C4)

Delft: Old World (C1), Fossil (C2), Sweatshirt (C3), Flannel (C4)

Goldsmith: Sweatshirt (C1), Fossil (C2), Bale (C3), Hayloft (C4)


Please note: the stitch patterns in this garment are charted only.

  • 20 stitches & 28 rounds = 4″ in Lice section of Galloway Chart (Rounds 16–32) with Size A needle, after blocking
  • 20 stitches & 22 rounds = 4″ in Colorwork section of Galloway Chart (Rounds 1–15 and Rounds 33–69) with Size B needle, after blocking

Note: Correct length of the garment is dependent upon achieving the stated round gauge.


Size A (for Stockinette Stitch and Lice Section of Galloway Chart)

  • One each 24″ and 32″ circular needles and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs)* in size needed to obtain gauge listed
  • Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)

Size B (for Colorwork section of Galloway Chart)

  • One each 24″ and 32″ circular needles and one set of DPNs, one size larger than Size A
  • Suggested Size: 5 mm (US 8)

Due to significant variance between knitters, your colorwork fabric should be swatched prior to knitting your sweater to determine whether or not Size B should be larger, smaller or equal to Size A. Please read about Speed Swatching for Circular Knitting (see Special Techniques).

Size C (for Ribbing)

  • One 32″ circular needle and one set of DPNs*, three sizes smaller than Size A
  • Suggested Size: 3½ mm (US 4)

Size D (optional; for Tubular Cast On only)

  • One 32″ circular needle and one set of DPNs*, one size smaller than Size C
  • Suggested Size: 3¼ mm (US 3)

Note: If you have adjusted the needle size to obtain the correct gauge, it may or may not be necessary to make a matching adjustment to the needle size used for Tubular Cast On due to variance in individual work. You may wish to test your chosen cast-on method on your swatch.

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

Finished dimensions
  • 33 (38, 43, 47½, 52½, 57)” [84 (96.5, 109, 120.5, 133.5, 145) cm] circumference at bust
  • Intended Ease: + 3–5″ [7.5–12.5 cm]
  • Sample shown is size 38″ [96.5 cm] with 7″ [18 cm] ease on model

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

  • Speed Swatching for Circular Knitting 
  • Color Dominance 
  • 1×1 Tubular Cast On (Flat Knitting; odd number of stitches) 
  • 1×1 Tubular Cast On (Circular Knitting; even number of stitches) 
  • Rib Cabled Cast On
  • Steeking
  • Securing a Steek: Crochet Method and Sewn Method 
  • Sloped Bind Off 
  • One-Row Buttonhole
  • 1×1 Tubular Bind Off
  • Kitchener Stitch (Grafting)
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