Transformable Cocoon Cardigan

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Wrap up two elegant ways in the same cocoon cardigan. With the ribbed edge upward, Shoji features a shawl collar, three-quarter length sleeves, and a garter hem deeply split into tails at the center back. Turn it upside down and the fronts hang with an intriguing zigzag, the sleeves bare your elbows, and the ribbing curves gracefully below hip length. The knitting is simplicity itself: a long rectangle of pebbled texture folded and sewn into the final shape, with stitches picked up for the double-ribbed collar after assembly. The crisp structure of Arbor throws the stitch pattern into vivid relief. Short rows add height to the collar and create the curvilinear form shown here, but may be omitted to make this garment accessible to beginners.


  • 1795 (1885, 2080, 2285, 2495, 2715) total yards of DK weight wool yarn


  • 13 (13, 15, 16, 18, 19) skeins Brooklyn Tweed Arbor (100% American Targhee wool; 145 yards/50 grams)
  • Photographed in color Driftwood
  • 24 stitches & 34 rows = 4″ in Texture Pattern with Size A needle(s), 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: 4 mm (US 6)

Size B (for Ribbing)

  • One 32″ circular needle, one size smaller than Size A
  • Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)

Knitter’s preferred style of needle may be used.

Finished dimensions
  • 28 (30, 32, 34, 36, 38)” [71 (76, 81.5, 86.5, 91.5, 96.5) cm] length
  • Sized to fit approximately 30–32 (34–36, 38–40, 42–44, 46–48, 50–52)” [76–81.5 (86.5–91.5, 96.5–101.5, 106.5–112, 117–122, 127–132) cm] bust
  • Sample shown is size 30″ length on model with 34″ [86.5 cm] bust

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

  • Short Rows: Yarn Over Method
Norah Gaughan
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