Cozy Weekend Cardigan from Coffeehouse Knits

What makes a knit a “coffeehouse knit”? I generally think of coffeehouses and coffee shops as peaceful, cozy places. At least, the ones I like to patronize are that way. A coffeehouse knit is a cozy sweater or accessory that brings you that same sense of peace and calm, whether while knitting it or wearing it. The House Blend Cardigan from the new book Coffeehouse Knits (Interweave, 2019) is just this kind of project.

The House Blend Cardigan by Hannah Baker from Coffeehouse Knits (Interweave, 2019). Photography by Caleb Young.

The House Blend Cardigan is the cozy sweater you get into on a Saturday morning and don’t take off unless you absolutely have to. It’s an especially long cardigan, ending at my knees (I’m below-average height), and it’s knit from the bottom up in pieces and seamed. The yak in the yarn makes it super warm and luxurious to knit.

Since I got this sweater sample back, I’ve been living in it at my house. It’s really warm enough to be an outdoor jacket. We keep the thermostat at my house pretty low most of the time so this cardigan keeps me nice and warm. If you’re looking for a totally warm and cozy project, this is the one for you.

The House Blend Cardigan by Hannah Baker from Coffeehouse Knits (Interweave, 2019). Photography by Caleb Young.

PROJECT DETAILS

Finished Size About 38 (42, 46, 50, 54, 58)” (96.5 [106.5, 117, 127, 137, 147.5] cm). Garment shown measures 42″ (106.5 cm), modeled with 8″ (20.5 cm) of ease.

Yarn Worsted weight (#4 medium).
Shown here: The Yarn Collective Hudson Worsted (85% Merino wool, 15% yak; 197 yd [180 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): #404 army, 8 (9, 9, 10, 11, 11) skeins.

Needles Size U.S. 8 (5 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Stitch holders or waste yarn; removable stitch markers (rm); tapestry needle; five 27 mm/1 1/8″ buttons.

Gauge 25.5 sts and 22 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in 1×1 rib after blocking.
18 sts and 25.5 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in Stockinette st after blocking.

  • Notes
    This cardigan is knit from the bottom up, worked back and forth in pieces, and seamed.
  • Use a circular needle to accommodate many stitches.

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