One sweater, 4 ways

Leave it to renowned designer Pam Allen, one of the founders of the yarn company Quince & Co., to come up with "the perfect sweater." It's actually one basic shape with four knitting options. A vest, a short cardi, a hoodie, and a long cardi with a showy lapel.

You can start with the vest for spring and summer and knit the hooded cardigan for fall and winter. It's the same basic stitch pattern with different shaping and elements (sleeves, hood, etc.) for each version.

I think the vest is actually my favorite, and, bonus—it's the quickest, too!

Thanks, Pam, for this easy knitting pattern and its brethren.


Tern Vest
A narrow front band, a cropped length, and a fine fingering-weight gauge make the perfect sweater delicately comfortable.

Chicadee Cardigan
A deep front band drapes and folds with luscious weight, while narrow ¾ sleeves add refined neatness.

Lark Cardigan
Long, lush length shows off an A-line silhouette. Full-length sleeves, patch pockets, a deep front band, and a classic worsted-weight gauge take the perfect sweater into jacket territory.

Osprey Hooded Cardigan

Chunky-weight yarn, cropped bracelet sleeves, and a deep hood give the perfect sweater a casual, outdoorsy feel.

Try one of these easy knitting patterns! They're available in knit.wear 2011 magazine, now on sale in our Knitting Daily Shop.


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