Melk Abbey Cardigan

Job type Test knit

Difficulty:  Complex

This elegant, cardigan has A-line shaping to provide ease around the hips with side slits at the hem for more movement. Designed for my “How To Not Get Bored With Knitting” series, different stitch patterns come together so as soon as you get bored with one section, the whole thing stops and a new stitch pattern emerges.  It is worked flat from the bottom up.


Difficulty Difficult
Start date 2019-11-12
Due date 2020-02-29   This is a flexible deadline!
Craft Knitting
Test secrecy Postable
Advertiser Donna Estin Designs
Spots available 4
Sizes required Women’s S (M, L, 1X, 2X)
Finished measurements

Circumference at bust (buttoned):  36 (40, 44, 48, 52)”/91.5 (101.5, 112, 122, 132) cm

Circumference at hips (buttoned):  40 (44, 48, 52, 56)”/102 (112, 122, 132, 142) cm

Length:  28.5 (29, 29.5, 30, 30.5)”/72.5 (74, 75, 76, 77.5) cm


Gauge In St st: 20 sts & 26 rows = 4”/10cm with smaller needles after blocking. In Mesh: 14 sts & 22 rows = 4”/10cm with larger needles after blocking
Charted or written pattern Charted
Skills required

Experienced knitters should be able to work from multiple cabled charts at the same time, be able to work eyelet/lace stitches, shaping, buttonholes and seaming/finishing.  

Construction type Worked flat from the bottom up and seamed.
Required or recommended yarn Any Worsted weight wool. Yarn used in sample is: Bergere de France, PUR MERINOS FRANCAIS (131 yds/120m, 1.75oz/50g, 100% Pure French Merino Wool): 13 (14, 16, 17, 19) skeins # 29539, Palmier
Yardage 1602 (1801, 1977, 2216, 2440) yds/1465 (1647, 1807, 2026, 2231) m
Tools required

Size US 5 (UK 9) (3.75mm) circular 24-32”/61-81 cm needles

Size US 7 (UK 7) (4.5mm) circular 24-32”/61-81 cm needles

8 Buttons, 3/4”/19mm

Cable needle

Stitch markers

Tapestry needle


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

Please complete the sweater by the deadline.

Provide feedback.  (You can always email me if you'd like.)

Post photos of completed sweater with at least one modeled.

Create project page on Ravelry and rate project once completed.  

Rewards from the designer

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

A free pattern of your choice from my Ravelry store or website. Please note that the rights to some of the patterns in my portfolio are currently owned by the publisher, so to see a list of available patterns to select from (for your free pattern), please click on "Pattern Store".

A free PDF of the final version of this pattern once the test has completed and it has been tech edited.  


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.

2019-12-13: Completed Back
2020-01-03: Completed Fronts
2020-01-24: Completed Sleeves
2020-01-30: Finished, Seamed & Blocked

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