Knit a Top-down Cardigan with Set-in Sleeves


Cost includes 6 hours of class.

With Jim Cox

May 15, 10:00-12:00 CDT;
May 16, 10:00-12:00 CDT;
May 22, 10:00-12:00 CDT

No one but you will know that this classic “set-in” sleeved cardigan was knit in one piece, not expertly seamed. Jim shares the tricks for working no-sew sleeve caps that fit perfectly and look great. With that comes the knowledge to create beautifully shaped shoulders without seams, an armscye, and cardigan necklines.

Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 7 days following the event.

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You will begin this elegant cardigan at the top with a provisional cast-on and use German short rows to shape the back neck and shoulders.

In the second session, you will move on to picking up the front, and shaping front neckline (choose from 3 options: the collared version, a V-neck, and crewneck). Discover how to create the armscye (armhole and underarm) and adjust ease for the bust/chest. During the week there is time to knit the upper back and one front to the underarm.

In session three, you’ll discover how to calculate the number of sleeve-cap stitches, how to pick them up, and how to shape the cap. Finally, you’ll learn a magic formula for easily calculating sleeve decreases.

When class ends, you’ll be set to finish the sleeves, and work the body in a variety of classic stitch patterns.

Class is structured to provide the option to start your cardigan (pattern provided) or to knit only a sample swatch.

Special skills or knowledge needed to take this workshop:
Must have experience with provisional cast on, short rows, and picking up stitches.

Supply List
__Worsted-weight yarn in light color. Note: Dark yarns cannot be properly viewed via Zoom.
__Worsted-weight yarn for your sweater: (updated April 26)
.    Approximate sizes; 33.75 (38.25, 42.75, 46.75, 50.75)”
.    Yarn required; 1200 (1350, 1525, 1675, 2750) yards
__Scrap yarn (in both worsted- and lace-weight) in a contrasting color
__5mm/US 8 circular needles: 16″, 20″, or 24″
__5mm/US 8 double-point needles for working the sleeve cap in the round (or longer circular if magic loop technique is preferred)
__Knitting Basics: Sharp scissors, Notebook, Pen or pencil with eraser, Stitch markers, Tapestry needles (large and small), Tape measure, Small calculator

Additional information

Skill Level

Main Technique


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