Marion – A New Cardigan Pattern


It took me a while to finish this pattern, but I’m okay with that. Since I bought the yarn for this, I graduated college, found my job, released a few other patterns, and properly settled in to life in Seattle. Not too shabby, right? I originally knit this to wear during Seattle’s cool summer weather, which resembles most places’ springs, and I’m happy to finally have this pattern ready to release just in time for most people to put away their heavy winter coats and give their cardigans the spotlight!


Marion, like Agatha, is named after one of my favorite mystery writers. I named it after Marion Chesney, who I know best as M. C. Beaton. This cardigan is a great pattern to knit while reading a good, light mystery because it’s almost entirely stockinette. The sleeves, which are knit in the round, are particularly good for knitting while reading.


It’s a simple seamless sweater with set in sleeves. The back is knit first and put on hold, and then stitches for the fronts are picked up from each shoulder. Everything is joined together to knit the body when you cast on for the underarms. With the body finished, you’ll pick up stitches around the armholes, and shape the sleeves with short rows. If you’ve been following my work for a while, the construction of this sweater will probably sound familiar. It’s definitely my favorite way to put together a sweater.


The scallop-shaped cables that inspired this sweater keep things interesting without demanding too much of your attention. I put together a cable pattern that’s pretty easy to memorize and included both charts and written instructions for the stitch patterns. I got the idea for the cables from a sweater one of my professors was wearing when I was still in college, but once I got started on this sweater, I realized that it was a bit like a cabled version of Miette. I guess I can’t resist scallops bordering a button band!


And now for the boring stuff! I knit my sample using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes on 5 mm needles. The pattern comes in seven sizes with 29 (32.5, 37.5, 41, 43, 47.5, 52) in/73.5 (82.5, 95, 104, 109, 120.5, 132) cm finished bust measurements. You’ll need between 580 and 970 yards of worsted weight yarn to knit this cardigan. The pattern is available for $6.50, and you can buy it now or see more details on Ravelry.






13 responses to “Marion – A New Cardigan Pattern”

  1. Its beautiful! I remember when you were sketching out the cabled pattern from your profs sweater too.

  2. I love it! The cable is really interesting how it just comes straight out of the body. Looks just perfect for spring (whenever it actually gets here).

  3. This is so beautiful! I will definitely be making this in the near future. 😀

  4. Oooooooohhhhh… I feel this calling to me and it wants to made in mint. Yes. Yessssss…

  5. Man, I definitely need to step up my knitting game because your designs are seriously the cutest! I love that color too.

  6. Oooooh, pretty, pretty, pretty!!

  7. Welcome to Seattle. Perect weather for your beautiful cardigan the last few days! I love the color and the cables!

  8. What a lovely design. Congrats!

  9. Janie

    I just found your blog and so love it. I also love Miette. Living in FL I don’t wear sweaters often but when I saw this sweater (cotton and wool yarn), I figured I could get some use out of it. After reading through the instructions, I get it all but the start of the sleeve. You have written:
    “Sleeves: Place 44 (47, 54) sts on 5 mm needles off of scrap yarn. Pick up 2 sts
    in the armpit of the sweater. Join in the round and place a marker.”
    I don’t understand the first sentence. Could you clarify for me, please?thanks in advance.

    1. I’ll shoot you an email. That’s the best way to contact me for pattern support.

  10. Beautiful work! Lovely color too!

  11. I’ve admired this cardigan for a long time, and thought of trying to create my own design inspired by it, by modding an existing pattern. I guess I don’t have to now! Well done, you are probably my fav knitwear designer Andi. I am working on Agatha right now. So pretty 🙂

  12. I saw this on Ravelry, and I love it even more now I know it was named after a mystery writer! I think you should do one for Dorothy L. Sayers next…

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