We were struck, as we looked through thousands of knitting patterns, by how varied the notion of a cardigan is. What you will see below is an array of silhouettes, textures, and techniques that range widely. And that’s why we love this category. There’s a cardigan for every mood.
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Here, listed in alphabetical order by designer’s last name, are 16 cardigans that are just flat-out terrific.
CardiZen by Bayron Handmade. Big stitches, ultra-wide lapels. A cardigan that knits up in a snap and does the impossible feat of looking fantastic on both adults and kids.
Rumo by Alice Caetano. A rustic yarn in the city. Trim waistcoat silhouette accentuated by vertical lines of garter stitch. Fun to knit: modular construction, and that notched lapel.
Savage Heart by Amy Christoffers. A brilliant, wearable translation of a baby sweater into a grownup’s wardrobe staple. The sleeve-to-center construction makes it an entertaining brain teaser to knit.
Mariage Soeurs by Kathleen Dames. Lacy front, tidy fit, and that long zig zag down the sleeve.
Tabouli by Carol Feller. Pared down yet full of knitterly details: lacy cables, saddle shoulders, and a cool faux pleat on the back.
Clamber by Norah Gaughan. We keep looking at the photos going “how?” Halfway between shrug and cardigan, with a fascinating fabric combining cables and open mesh.
Kaare by Emily Greene. Mesmerizing traveling ribs, a feat of wearable engineering with a shawl collar and set-in pockets.
Sheffield by Amy Herzog. An easy-going basic with finesse. Would wear the heck out of this.
Holyport Street by Erika Knight. A classic nod to granddad but with lovely details in the ribbed, notched collar, vented hem, and pockets. Knit in pieces, old school.
Elton by Joji Locatelli. Featherweight, translucent, flattering in every size and color we’ve seen. Get some of that gorgeous laceweight mohair/silk into your life without, you know, lace.
Boxed and Cabled by Hanna Maciejewska. Open fronts that overlap and a calligraphic sideways cable that flows from the back of the shoulders to the sleeves. No buttons means: we won’t procrastinate the buttons.
Natsu by Ambah O’Brien. An ethereal raglan cardigan that wears like a shawl. Solves all our summer sweater problems.
Dissent by Andrea Rangel. Stunning with or without the beautiful gesture of respect for Justice Ginsburg.
Winter Lines by Katrin Schneider. Playing with proportions of the simplest of textural motifs: ribs. Love the oversized fit and the lighter fabric of half-brioche.
Mistigri by Orlane Sucche. Chewy all-over cables on the body, stockinette sleeves, v-neck. The formula for a cardigan to take up residence in.
Capture the Moment by Carol Sunday. Subtle brocade edges, the flowing fit, and those slant pockets—this is a gorgeous forever piece.