Boxy Cardigan with Trussed Hem

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Melissa Wehrle is known for elevating basic shapes with just the right details, as she did with Eaves in Wool People 8. Now she gives the boxy drop-shoulder cardigan a contemporary lift with flattering ribbed side panels. Decorative eyelets follow the pyramids of the ribbing, echoing the lines of the V-neck and providing subtle shaping at the waist.

The split hem begins with ribbing worked separately for the fronts and back; the work is then joined to knit the body in one piece to the underarms.  The back and fronts are again worked separately to the shoulders; sleeves are knit flat and seamed in.

Truss should fall just to your high hip to keep the comfortable shape looking neat. Pair it with slim jeans or dress it up with a sleek high-waisted pencil skirt for the office.


  • 965 (1035, 1120, 1255, 1385, 1425) yards of worsted weight wool yarn


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

  • 17 stitches & 26 rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking
  • 71-stitch panel from Chart A measures 14½” wide (at base) with Size A needle(s), after blocking

Size A (for Main Fabric):

  • One 32″ circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed
  • Suggested Size: 5 mm (US 8)

Size B (for Ribbing)

  • One 32″ circular needle one size smaller than Size A
  • Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)

Size C (optional; for Tubular Cast On only)

  • One 32″ circular needle one size smaller than Size B
  • Suggested Size: 4 mm (US 6)

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.

Finished dimensions
  • 43¼ (44¾, 48½, 53¼, 58, 61¼)” circumference at bust, buttoned
  • Intended Ease: + 6–8″
  • Sample shown is size 44¾” with +10¾” ease on model

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

  • 1×1 Tubular Cast On
  • Short Rows (Wrap & Turn Method)
  • Joinery Bind Off
  • One-Row Buttonhole
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