Coffee Bean Cardigan


In 2009 I released Little Coffee Bean cardigan, one of my very first designs. And 10 years later, I’m so happy to release this adult version of the design! Why should only babies have all of the striped cardigan fun?
Coffee Bean is a simple top-down, seamless cardigan and would make a great first sweater for beginner knitters (or just a fun, relaxing knit for those more experienced). It uses worsted-weight yarn (I used Berroco’s Ultra Wool) and features an easy 2 row striping pattern. I also created a tips page that includes some helpful photo tutorials (links in pattern). The hardest part will be deciding on which 2 colors you want to pair together!

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.


August 2023 Update! Pattern has been revamped to have a smaller neckline. So if you see notes in projects about casting-on for a smaller size to achieve a smaller neck, this is no longer necessary with v3 of the pattern. To see if the copy you have is indeed v3, look at the last page of the PDF (in the bottom copyright area) and you’ll see a note about which version it is.

Finished Circumference:34 (37.5, 41, 43.75, 47.25) (51.75, 54.25, 58, 61.5, 64.25)”

Shown in Size 2, being worn with approx 4”/10 cm of positive ease at the bust. See page 5 for all schematic measurements.

How to Pick your Size: Choose a size that is approx 1-4”/3-10 cm larger than your actual bust measurement.

Yarn/Yardage: Worsted-weight yarn, shown in Ultra Wool by Berroco (100% Superwash Wool; 100g = 219 yds), broken out as follows:

  • Main Color (MC): 525 (575, 650, 700, 750) (825, 900, 975, 1025, 1100) yds), 3 (3, 3, 4, 4) (4, 5, 5, 5, 5) skeins, shown in Frost.
  • Contrasting Color (CC): 375 (425, 475, 500, 550) (600, 650, 700, 750, 800) yds, 2 (2, 3, 3, 3) (3, 3, 4, 4, 4) skeins, shown in Fox.

Gauge: 18 sts & 26 rows = 4”/10 cm in Stockinette stitch

Needles & Supplies:

  • For Body: US 8/5 mm 32”/80 cm circ, or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • For Sleeves: US 8/5 mm DPNs (or you can use 32” circ if magic looping), or size used to obtain gauge.
  • For Neck, Hem & Buttonband Ribbing: US 7/4.5 mm 32”/80 cm circ, or 1 needle size smaller than that used to obtain gauge.
  • For Sleeve Cuffs: US 7/4.5 mm DPNs (or you can use 32” circ if magic looping), or 1 needle size smaller than that used to obtain gauge.
  • Stitch markers (including removable markers).
  • Tapestry needle.
  • Stitch holder or Scrap yarn.
  • 6 buttons, approx 3/4” 

Construction: Cardigan is knit seamlessly from the top-down. Stripes are created by carrying 2 colors of yarn and switching between them every 2 rows. After you knit the neck ribbing, markers are placed and raglan shaping is used to grow the yoke to the underarms. Sleeve stitches are split at the underarms and held on scrap yarn while the sweater body is worked down to the hem. Sleeve stitches are then transferred to DPNs (or long circ if doing magic loop), and worked in the round down to the cuff. Stitches are then picked up along each Front edge and worked in rib stitch to create the front buttonbands.