If, like me, your favorite shirts are loose with a generous armhole depth, when you want to layer something warmer over them, you can’t reach for a cardigan that has a traditional shape. That’s where Olson comes in, a cardigan inspired by a hole in my closet!

Julie Hoover for Purl Soho: Olson | Purl Soho

Olson has a deep Dolman sleeve and a steep shoulder slope, making it an ideal garment to pull on over almost anything. There is also subtle short-row hem shaping, slightly higher in the front than the back for a gentle sweep. In addition, a Modified Three-Needle Bind Off that celebrates (as well as joins) the long slope of the sleeve. Extra deep ribbed bands are the final touch.

Julie Hoover for Purl Soho: Olson | Purl Soho

For this classic knit, I chose Purl Soho’s Understory, a fantastic blend of alpaca, yak, and silk that looks and feels absolutely amazing in simple stockinette stitch. Its drape is lightweight, but it knits up into a wonderfully warm and cozy fabric.

Julie Hoover for Purl Soho: Olson | Purl Soho

I love the color Silver Berry, a pale lilac with a dose of gray that feels timeless and neutral but far from boring. I think it’s the perfect color for Olson, nothing too fancy but very special! -Julie

Julie Hoover for Purl Soho: Olson | Purl Soho

This project designed for Purl Soho by Julie Hoover.

Materials

Julie Hoover for Purl Soho: Olson | Purl Soho

Gauge

18 stitches and 27 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch on larger needles, after blocking

Sizes

40¾ (44½, 47¾, 51½, 55, 58¾)

To fit actual chest circumference of 30–32 (34–36, 38–40, 42–44, 46–48, 50–52) inches

  • Finished Midriff Circumference: 40¾ (44½, 47¾, 51½, 55, 58¾) inches, with front bands overlapping
  • Finished Length from Shoulder to Center Back: 22¾ (23, 23¾, 24, 25, 25¼) inches
  • Finished Length from Shoulder to Center Front: 19¾ (20, 20¾, 21, 22, 22¼) inches
  • Finished Length from Cuff to Underarm: 17 (17, 17, 17 ½, 17 ½, 18) inches

Julie Hoover for Purl Soho: Olson | Purl Soho

SAMPLE: The cardigan pictured here is size 44½ inches on model with 35-inch bust.

Pattern

Julie Hoover for Purl Soho: Olson | Purl Soho

The Olson Pattern is available for purchase as either a hard copy or download.