Southwest Fair Isle Cardigan


This cardigan is knit in one piece, top-down, with a classic raglan design. The stranded colorwork is knit back and forth on the body, and in the round on the sleeves. Buttonband and collar are picked up and knit at the end.

Difficulty Moderate
Start date 2019-02-12
Due date 2019-02-15
Craft Knitting
Test secrecy Secret
Pattern source (brand and/or designer) Melissa Kemmerer Designs
Spots available 18
Gauge 24 sts and 37 rows = 4"/10cm
Charted or written pattern Both
Sizes required XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL)
Skills required

Fair Isle back and forth- just simple stranded colorwork; k, p, k2tog, ssk, m1R, m1L, pick up and knit

Finished measurements

Bust: 31 (35, 39, 43, 47, 51)"

Construction type Top-down, raglan, seamless.
Required or recommended yarn Fingering weight: 760 (840, 970, 1110, 1280, 1470) yards/ 695 (768, 887, 1015, 1170, 1344) meters MC; 145 (160, 185, 210, 245, 280) yards/ 133 (146, 170, 192, 224, 256) meters CC.
Tools required

US 3/3.25mm or size to obtain gauge, in 24" or 32" for body, and DPNs, shorties, or long circular (magic loop) for sleeves; US 2/3.00mm, or 1 size smaller than gauge for ribbing at lower hem and cuffs.

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

Weekly check-ins, feedback on clarity and corrections of pattern (not on style; formatting happens after this phase), total yardage used, finished measurements.

Rewards from the designer

Finished pdf of pattern upon its publication; any tester who completes two test knits for the same issue of Nomadic Knits will receive the digital version of the entire issue.


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.

2019-02-01: Divided for sleeves
2019-02-06: Finished Body
2019-02-12: Finished Sleeves
2019-02-15: Finished and Blocked


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