Audrey’s Cardigan


Audrey’s Cardigan is a simple, top-down seamless v-neck cardigan knit up in bulky-weight yarn, perfect for teens and adults. It’s the teen/adult version of “Audrey’s First Day” toddler/child cardigan which was released back in 2010. My model, Audrey, is my dear friends’ daughter who back in 2010 was just starting pre-K (hence the name of the original pattern, “Audrey’s First Day”!). Now in 2020 she is just starting High School, so we decided it was time for a teenager/adult version for her to model! Click here to read the full ‘sweater story’!

This cardigan features top-down, seamless raglan construction and instructions include options for 3 different body shaping options – no shaping, waist-shaping or A-line shaping. A simple stripe of contrasting color is featured above the hem and cuffs for a little visual interest (although you can add more stripes or omit if you prefer). This is a versatile piece that you can tailor to your own personal style!

There are video tutorials available for every major step of this sweater! So if you have never made a sweater before, this would be a great way to learn. Link in pattern to access all of the tutorials.

This is the PDF version of the pattern. After going through the checkout you will receive an email with a downloadable PDF link. If you prefer to purchase through Ravelry, click here.


Sizes: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5) (6, 7, 8, 9, 10)

Finished Bust Circumference (buttoned): 32 (35, 38.25, 41.5, 44.75) (48, 51, 54.25, 58.5, 61.75)”/81 (89, 97, 105, 114) (122, 130, 138, 149, 157) cm

How to Pick your Size: Choose a size that is approx 1-4”/3-10 cm larger than your actual bust measurement. For a close/fitted look, go with lower end of this, for a standard sweater fit, go with higher end, or more ease if desired! When in doubt, measure your favorite sweaters in your closet to see what your typical preferred fit is.

Shown in size 1 (body style = no shaping version).Shown in size 1/no body-shaping version.

Yarn/Yardage: Chunky/Bulky-weight yarn, shown in Ultra Wool Chunky by Berroco (100% Superwash Wool; 100g = 145 yds), broken out as follows:

  • Main Color (MC): Approx 640 (695, 780, 840, 900) (990, 1060, 1120, 1230, 1300) yds, 5 (5, 6, 6, 7) (7, 8, 8, 9, 9) skeins, shown in Sour Cherry. Note: add 40 yds to the above amounts if making the A-line version.
  • Contrasting Color (CC): Approx 6-10 yds, 1 skein, shown in Chili.
Gauge: 15 sts & 21 rows = 4”/10 cm in St st after blocking

Needles & Supplies:

  • US 10/6 mm 32”/80 cm circ or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • For Sleeves: US 10/6 mm DPNs or size needed to obtain gauge (or you can use 32”/80 cm circ if magic looping).
  • For Button Band: US 9/5.5 mm 32”/80 cm circ, or 1 needle size smaller than that used to obtain gauge.
  • For Sleeve Cuffs: US 9/5.5 mm DPNs, or 1 needle size smaller than that used to obtain gauge (or you can use 32”/80 cm circ if magic looping).
  • 4 stitch markers.
  • 2 pieces of scrap yarn, approx 20”/51 cm in length.
  • Tapestry needle.
  • Locking stitch markers (for buttonhole placement).
  • 4 buttons, approx 7/8”.


  • Audrey’s Cardigan is knit all in one piece from the top-down and features raglan construction to shape the yoke.
  • Sleeves are split at the underarm and body is worked in one piece to the hem with options to either work no shaping, waist shaping or A-line shaping.
  • Sleeves are transferred to DPNs (or you can use 32”/80 cm circ for magic loop method) and worked in the round to the cuff.
  • Stitches are picked up along each front edge and the neckline and worked in rib stitch to create button bands.
  • A single stripe of contrasting color is featured above the hem and cuffs (although this can be omitted if you prefer.