Classic Crewneck Cardigan | Purl SohoThrow it on with a T-shirt and jeans, let it hang from your shoulders over your party dress, or slide it on once the airplane hits cruising altitude. Our Classic Crewneck Cardigan is an everyday, everywhere chameleon!

Classic Crewneck Cardigan | Purl Soho

A bit of an unusual construction with in-the-round set-in sleeves, this timeless beauty is knit from the bottom up and features a pretty short-row-shaped neckline and a handsome button placket. The shoulders are shaped with short rows and joined together with a simple three-needle bind-off. With some surprising details along the way, this knit will tickle the maker’s brain!

Classic Crewneck Cardigan | Purl Soho

Our Classic Crewneck Cardigan knits up equally well in either our Cotton Pure, 100% organically grown cotton, or our Season Alpaca, 100% super baby alpaca. At 6 stitches to the inch, both yarns have a beautiful drape without being bulky. Make a sweater in each for year-round sweater options!

Classic Crewneck Cardigan | Purl Soho

You also get to choose between edgings: a ribbed edge (shown above in Season Alpaca’s Dove Gray) or a rolled edge (shown below in Cotton Pure’s Birch Bark). Either yarn, either edging, the Classic Crewneck Cardigan is eternal, a beauty that will last forever!

Classic Crewneck Cardigan | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Adam Aronowitz.

Update: New Colors + Sizes

July 26, 2021
Classic Crewneck Cardigan | Purl Soho

A Classic Crewneck Cardigan would not be so classic in a yarn that doesn’t stand the test of time. We chose two that do. One option is is our gorgeous Season Alpaca, knit up here in True Turquoise. One hundred percent super baby alpaca, it is incredibly soft and cozy with a lovely drape and a lasting beauty. Choice number two our super lovely Cotton Pure, shown above in the color Warm Rock. Either way, our Classic Crewneck Cardigan Pattern is now freshly restyled with a shorter overall length and lots more sizes, more classic than ever for more bodies than ever!

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Materials

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NOTE: Choose from two different Purl Soho yarns. Each works perfectly for this pattern!

  • 5 (5, 5, 6) (6, 6, 7, 7) (7, 8, 8, 8) skeins of Purl Soho’s Cotton Pure, 100% organically grown cotton. Each skein is 279 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 1225 (1290, 1390, 1455) (1560, 1660, 1735, 1830) (1950, 2075, 2145, 2215) yards required. We used Birch Bark.

Or

  • 7 (7, 8, 8) (9, 9, 10, 10) (11, 11, 12, 12) skeins of Purl Soho’s Season Alpaca, 100% super baby alpaca. Each skein is 218 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 1225 (1290, 1390, 1455) (1560, 1660, 1735, 1830) (1950, 2075, 2145, 2215) yards required. We used Dove Gray.

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Gauge

24 stitches and 36 rounds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch, using larger needles

Sizes

NOTE For help picking a size, please check out our Understanding Ease + Selecting Size Tutorial!

34¾ (36¾, 38¾, 40¾) (42¾, 44¾, 46¾, 48¾) (52¾, 56¾, 60¾, 64¾)

To fit actual chest circumference 31–32 (33– 34, 35–36, 37–38) (39–40, 41–42, 43–44, 45–46) (49–50, 53–54, 57–58, 61–62), with approximately 3–4 inches of ease

  • Finished Chest Circumference (buttoned): 34¾ (36¾, 38¾, 40¾) (42¾, 44¾, 46¾, 48¾) (52¾, 56¾, 60¾, 64¾) inches
  • Finished Length From Shoulder To Bottom Edge: 21 (21, 22, 22) (23¼, 23¼, 24¼, 24½) (24½, 24¾, 24¾, 24¾) inches
  • Finished Length From Underarm To Bottom Edge: 13¼ (13, 13¾, 13½) (14¼, 14, 14¾, 14¾) (14¼, 14¼, 13¾, 13½) inches
  • Finished Length From Underarm To Cuff: 17½ (17½, 18, 18) (18, 18½, 18½, 18½) (19, 19, 19, 19) inches

SAMPLE: The sweaters pictured here are size 38¾.

Pattern

Classic Crewneck Cardigan | Purl Soho

The Classic Crewneck Cardigan Pattern is available for purchase as either a PDF download.

Classic Crewneck Cardigan | Purl Soho