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

  • 6 (6, 7, 7) (7, 7, 8, 8) skeins of Purl Soho’s Understory, 50% baby alpaca, 25% baby yak, and 25% silk. Each skein is approximately 250 yards/100grams; approximately 1320 (1370, 1515, 1570) (1690, 1745, 1890, 1965) yards required. We used the color Silver Berry.
  • US 6, 32- or 40-inch circular needles 
  • US 7, 24- or 32-inch circular needles
  • A set of US 6 double pointed needles
  • A stitch marker
  • Scrap yarn or stitch holders
  • An Olson Pattern booklet

Gauge

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

Sizes

40¾ (44½, 47¾, 51½) (55, 58¾, 62½, 65¾)

To fit actual chest circumference of 30–32 (34–36, 38–40, 42–44) (46–48, 50–52, 54–56, 58–60) inches with 7–10 inches of ease

  • Finished Midriff Circumference: 40¾ (44½, 47¾, 51½) (55, 58¾, 62½, 65¾) inches, with front bands overlapping
  • Finished Length from Shoulder to Center Back: 28 (28¼, 29¼, 29½) (30¾, 31, 32, 32¼) inches
  • Finished Length from Shoulder to Center Front: 25¼ (25½, 26¼, 26½) (28, 28¼, 29¼, 29½) inches
  • Finished Length from Cuff to Underarm: 14 inches

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 exclusively as a PDF download.