Rivel Cardigan

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With front and back pieces shaped to fit a woman’s figure, this high waisted feminine cardigan makes a great addition to any wardrobe. Knit it in a smooth wool for a more refined style, or a tweedy yarn for a more relaxed feel. The plaited cables wrap over the shoulders and the shoulder seams are moved to the back instead of on top of the shoulders.


Gauge: 22 stitches & 34 rows in 4 inches (10cm) square in stockinette stitch after blocking using larger needle.
Finished Measurements: Bust sizes 32 [36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56] inches (81.5 [91.5, 101.5, 112, 122, 132, 142]cm). For specific measurements, see schematic
Yarn Requirements: 1025 [1150, 1275, 1400, 1550, 1675, 1800] yards of DK weight yarn.
Needle Size: 3.5mm (US 4) 24-36 inch circular for ribbing and bands, and 3.75mm (US 5) 24-30 inch circular needle for body or size needed to obtain gauge
Pattern Includes: charts and text translations of charts
Stitches Used: knit, purl, k2tog, yo, ssk, knit front & back, c3 over 3 right, c3 over 3 left, wrap & turn short rows, m1.
Other Details: This sweater is knit in pieces from the bottom up and seamed together. The front bands and collar are knitted on as one piece after the rest of the sweater is sewn together. This sweater is meant to be worn with 1-2 inches (2.5-5cm) of positive ease. The narrowest point of the sweater will hit a high waist. From the hem to the waist, all shaping is done on the back piece, while all shaping above the high waist is done on the fronts of the cardigan. This will give the sweater fullness where it’s needed (on the back near the hemline and on the front at the bust).


This pattern is part of the Chevron Collection. The whole collection can be purchased for $18.

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Comments 8

  1. Mary Anne clary wrote:

    I am knitting the Rivel cardigan. The picture shows a button but no where in the pattern does it have a place for making a buttonhole. Where should the buttonhole be placed?

    Posted 01 Sep 2012 at 7:47 PM
  2. Mim wrote:

    It’s not a button, it’s actually a penannular pin from Romi Designs. http://www.designsbyromi.com/pages/elsellsheet4.htm

    Posted 24 Sep 2012 at 8:36 AM
  3. Cecilia Moore wrote:

    Dear Miriam,

    I bought a copy of the Rivel Cardigan last summer in a yarn store in Charlottesville, VA. I am ready to knit it now but I notice that the inner pages of the pattern are not there. I just have page 1, page 2, page 5, and page 6. Is there any way I can get the rest of the pattern?

    Thank you,

    Cecilia Moore

    Posted 10 Jun 2013 at 9:08 AM
  4. Mim wrote:

    Hi Cecilia, I’ve sent you an email.

    Posted 08 Jul 2013 at 1:48 PM
  5. Susan wrote:

    I just bought the pattern today and think it’s beautiful. Do you think I can make it out of DK cotton and silk yarn? I had a rash a few years ago from some meds and worry about knitting with wool. Also do you think I could do it with long sleeves? Thanks!

    Posted 12 Nov 2015 at 8:37 PM
  6. Mim wrote:

    Knitting it in cotton and silk could work, depending on the structure of the yarn. If it’s a majority cotton it could be too drapey and heavy. And with the weight of cotton, you should be extra careful with the row gauge. Since cotton hangs differently than wool, you may need to take out some even rows between increase and decrease rows to make up for the hanging row gauge of the cotton yarn. I’d say swatch it, block it, (and hang the swatch!) and see how you like it.

    You could DEFINITELY make the sleeves longer. I think there are a few on revelry that people lengthened the sleeves.

    Posted 13 Nov 2015 at 3:05 PM
  7. Sue wrote:

    Hi Miriam – I wrote to you last November (above) about knitting the Rivel Cardigan. It took me a while to get the yarn and start the project but I’ve now finished the back and almost all of the front so I’m onto the sleeves. Since I’m knitting it out of 70% merino extrafine and 30% silk (Manos Del Uruguay) yarn I really would like it to have long sleeves. Any suggestions as to how I can do that? Do I just take the arm pattern and knit it longer? Not sure about the shaping.
    I really love how it’s coming out. Thanks so much for your creativity!

    Posted 20 Jul 2016 at 4:18 PM
  8. Mim wrote:

    Hi Sue! The best way to add length to the sleeves would be to lengthen the # of even rows between increase rows. If you add all the extra length after you’ve finished the increase rows then you run the risk of having a super baggy elbow in the sleeve. Also, if you have dainty wrists, you might want to start with fewer stitches at the cuff, and increase to your desired size gradually. If you know what your row gauge is, and how long you want the sleeve to be, you can take that length, subtract the length of the cuff, and multiple the result by the rows per inch. That will give you your modified # of rows. Then you can evenly distribute your increase rows over that number of rows. That way you leave the sleeve cap completely intact. It’s WAAAY easier that way. 🙂

    Posted 21 Jul 2016 at 3:57 PM

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