Willis Triangles Cardigan

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The multi-sized triangle motif of this pattern was inspired by both the traditional quilt pattern of Flying Geese and the abstract expressionist paintings of Thornton Willis, for whom this sweater is named. The triangular fold-back lapels echo the colorwork, and the facings of hem and sleeve both sport their own colorwork designs. All facings are worked attached to the main sweater body, then joined (or in the case of the neck facings, stitched) together toward the inside.


Yarn: DK weight yarn, 1040[1180, 1310, 1450, 1590, 1730, 1800] yds of MC, 80[90, 100, 110, 125, 135, 145] yds of CC1, 40[45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 75] yards each of CC2, CC3, & CC4. Shown in SweetGeorgia Superwash DK (100% Superwash Merino Wool; 256 yds/115g) in Birch (MC), Tumbled Stone (CC1), Cayenne (CC2), Raspberry (CC3), Ginger (CC4)
Needles: 32-inch circular in 3.5mm (US4) and 3.75mm (US5) or size needed to obtain gauge; DPNs, magic loop, or other preferred method for small circumferences in both sizes for the sleeves.
Gauge: 22 sts & 32 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) square in stockinette on larger needles after blocking.
Finished Sizes: XS[S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X] corresponding to finished bust of 30[34.5, 38, 42.5, 46, 50.5, 54] inches (75.5[86.25, 95.5, 106.25, 115.5, 126.25, 135.5]cm). Sample shown in 38” size on 37” bust. See schematic for specific measurements.
Notions: crochet hook & waste yarn for provisional cast on, 7 buttons (3/8″), tapestry needle
Pattern Includes: colorwork chart, written instructions
Stitches Used: knit, purl, k2tog, stitches slipped wyib & wyif, ssk, m1L, m1R, placing and slipping markers, wrap & turn short rows in garter stitch, kf&b, yarnover.


The body of this sweater is knit flat in one piece from hem to armholes. The fronts and back are then divided and worked separately using raglan shaping. The fronts are continued beyond the shoulders in colorwork, reversing the neck edge shaping to create the fold-back colorwork collar facing. The sleeves are knit in the round to the armhole, then worked flat and seamed into the body to give additionally stability to support the substantial fold-back collar. A back collar piece is picked up and knitted on, and then narrow front button bands are picked up and knitted on. The inside collar facings are sewn down to the inside of the sweater.


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

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  1. Kimberli wrote:

    This is beautiful! Really beautiful!!

    Posted 23 Nov 2013 at 11:01 AM

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  1. From Pattern Release: Modern Colorwork Collection - Miriam Felton on 05 Aug 2013 at 10:44 AM

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