Pattern of the Week: Cambridge Jacket

We all have that sweater in our wardrobe: the one we reach for again and again because it’s comfortable, cozy, and flattering. It goes with anything, and we wish we had one in every color so we could wear it every day. The only problem with those sweaters is that they can get worn out quickly because you wear them so much. If your go-to sweater is looking a little worse for wear, or you just want to add another one to your wardrobe, you’ll want to make the Cambridge Jacket!

This classic cardigan from Wool Studio 101 was inspired by 1950s silhouettes, but it’s really a timeless piece. Originally designed for Interweave Knits Summer 2006, this versatile sweater was reknit in a new yarn for our latest Wool Studio collection, and the size range was expanded to include several plus sizes. (You can also block the ribbed sections wider to produce a larger finished chest size.)

The sides are worked in ribbing that creates both a flexible fit and a stylish, sophisticated look. The two-way zipper allows for multiple styling options with this unisex cardigan that fits well and looks great on everyone. Best of all, it’s polished enough for the office but comfy enough for weekend lounging, so you really can wear it every day.

The Cambridge Jacket is knit in Plymouth Galway Worsted, a fantastic workhorse yarn that’s great for pieces like this that will get constant wear. The 100% wool fiber provides crisp stitch definition, so the ribbed sections really pop. And it’s available in 85(!) colorways, so you’re certain to find the right one for you. In fact, you’re going to love this sweater so much that you might want to buy yarn in several colors so you can make a Cambridge Jacket for every day of the week!

All Images by Harper Point Photography

All Images by Harper Point Photography

Pattern Details


FINISHED SIZE 34 (38, 43, 46¾, 50¼, 55¼, 60)” circumference at underarm, zipped. Cardigan shown measures 43″; modeled with 9″ of positive ease. Note: Ribbed sections of garment can be blocked wider to produce a slightly larger finished chest size.

YARN Plymouth Galway Worsted (100% wool; 210 yd [192 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): #750 meadow grass heather, 6 (7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10) balls.

NEEDLES Sizes 8 (5 mm) and 9 (5.5 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Markers (m); tapestry needle; size G/7 (4.5 mm) crochet hook; 26 (26, 27, 28, 28, 29, 29, 30)” separating zipper; sharp-point sewing needle and matching thread.

GAUGE 20 sts and 28 rows = 4″ in St st on larger needles; 25½ sts and 28 rows = 4″ in k3, p2 rib on larger needles, with ribbing patted gently flat so p2 columns appear 1 st wide.

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