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Tilghman Men's Cardigan

Job type Test knit

This classic cardigan contains timeless stitch patterns in a stylish sweater for men.  Simple rope cables, basic knit and purl diamonds reminiscent of Ganseys, and textured Moss st are a good combination of stitch patterns to knit.  The end result is also a sweater that even men with the most conservative wardrobe will be comfortable wearing.  The standard fitting cardigan offers two options of front closures, zipper or buttons, so you can select the look you want.  Body is worked flat from the bottom up in one piece.  Set in sleeves are worked flat from the bottom up and seamed.  Pattern is written out and charted with schematics. 

Difficulty Moderate
Due date 2021-03-10   This is a flexible deadline!
Craft Knitting
Test secrecy Postable
Advertiser Donna Estin Designs
Spots available 6
Sizes required Men's S - 39"/99cm : Filled!
Men's M - 43"/109cm : 1 testers needed
Men's L - 47"/119.5cm : Filled!
Men's 1X - 51"/129.5 cm : 1 testers needed
Men's 2X - 55"/140cm : 2 testers needed
Men's 3X - 59"/150cm : 1 testers needed
Men's 4X - 63"/160cm : 1 testers needed
Finished measurements

Chest at underarm: 39 (43, 47, 51) [55, 59, 63]” /99 (109, 119.5, 129.5) [140, 150, 160] cm


Overall Length: 28.5 (29.5, 30, 30.5) [32, 33, 34.5]”/72.5 (75, 76, 77.5) [81, 84, 88] cm


Gauge In Moss st: 18 sts & 26 rows = 4”/10cm larger needles
Charted or written pattern Both
Skills required

Techniques used in this pattern include:  basic cables, picking up stitches around the neckline, German Short Rows, seaming method (like Mattress Stitch) of your choice setting in a zipper or forming buttonholes and sewing on buttons (link to tutorial for setting a zipper are included.)  Instructions for working each of the techniques (except Mattress stitch) is included.  It’s helpful if you’re familiar with them but not necessary. 


Construction type The body is worked in one piece from the bottom up, divided at the armholes, then each section is worked separately.  The shoulders are shaped with German Short Rows then bound off and seamed.  Sleeves are worked flat from the bottom up and seamed.  Stitches are picked up around the neckline for the neck.  Front opening has two options, depending on whether you choose to do a zipper or buttons.   
Required or recommended yarn Worsted weight 100% wool: 1207 (1350, 1519, 1647) [1861, 2040, 2249] yds / 1103 (1234, 1389, 1506) [1702, 1865, 2056] m. Sample knit in: Knit Picks Simply Wool Worsted (3.5oz/100g, 219yds/200m, 100% Eco Wool) Color #RD Wordsworth, 6 (7, 7, 8) [8, 10, 11] hanks
Yardage 1207 (1350, 1519, 1647) [1861, 2040, 2249] yds / 1103 (1234, 1389, 1506) [1702, 1865, 2056] m
Tools required

Cable needle

Stitch markers

Tapestry needle

Waste yarn

 If using zipper closure:  Separating zipper approximately 28 (29, 30, 30) [31, 32, 34]”/71 (74, 76, 76) [79, 81, 86] cm

Sewing needle and matching colored thread

Double Sided Tape

If using button closures, 8 buttons, 3/4”/19mm


Ownership of the finished item The finished item is yours to keep.
Requirements from the maker

Please post weekly progress reports with photos if possible.  You can always email me as well.  (DonnaEstinDesigns@gmail.com)

Please finish & block sweater by the deadline.

Create a Ravelry project page with pictures (at least one modeled) & link to pattern.

Kindly rate the pattern and add a finish date to project page.

Complete a short survey at the end.


Rewards from the designer

The designer is offering discounted or free pattern(s) to testers

Tester will receive a free, clean copy of the final version after any revisions have been made.

Plus the tester will receive one free pattern of your choice from my Ravelry store.



The designer has created the following milestones, in order to keep track of progress during the test knit. By marking off each milestone as you complete it, you can easily keep the designer up to date with your progress.

2021-01-15: Finish Body
2021-01-27: Finish Sleeves
2021-02-12: Finishing Completed

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