A Burgundy Cardigan


I’m so happy to finally have this cardigan done! It took me over a year, but here it is! The sweater is super cozy and a delight to wear. I just need to add buttons and take proper pattern photos before I can add it into my wardrobe.


After watching a bunch of Call the Midwife, I got it into my head that I needed a burgundy, v-neck cardigan in my wardrobe. I can’t remember when I bought the yarn, but I picked out this beautiful Ultra Alpaca Light, and I started playing with swatches in October 2013. I knit the body in November and December of that year in between other work projects, but I realized that I wouldn’t get this sweater done before spring showed up, so I put it away and moved on to other projects.


When the weather started cooling down last fall, I knew it was time to get back to work on this project, so I dug it back out and managed to finish it. I was hoping to get it done before 2014 ended, and I got so close! I was working on the button band at my New Year’s Eve party, but I ended up setting it aside and working on a more simple project before I finished it. After that, I took my time finishing the band and weaving in the ends and waited for a dry day to block it. But it’s my first sweater of 2015 and a great start for the year!


The pattern is still in the editing stages and needs to be test knit, but it should be out sometime next month!







19 responses to “A Burgundy Cardigan”

  1. Tammy

    It is beautiful, and a Really great color on you!

  2. Ruth D

    Oh, I can’t wait! It’s beautiful and perfect for my daughter who loves your patterns!

  3. Kate

    I like it. Beautiful stitch pattern.

  4. Beth

    That is so your colour! I like the way it reflects the highlights in your hair.
    I desperately need a v-neck crop cardigan (big bust big hips tiny waist hate round necks and long length) so I will be waiting on tenterhooks for you to offer the pattern.
    What yarn weight and quantity will I need? I might as well shop for that while I wait ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. When I bought the yarn it actually matched my hair a little too well! I had a brighter shade of red at the time that was almost the same shade as the yarn, and it works much better with my current hair color.

      Here’s the basic info you’ll need if you want to go yarn shopping or stash diving. This sweater will turn out best if you use something with alpaca or silk content so the garter stitch isn’t too elastic.

      Gauge in 11 st Garter and Eyelet Pattern
      24 sts x 32 rows = 4 in x 4 in
      24 sts x 32 rows = 10.16 cm x 10.16 cm

      11 st Garter and Eyelet Pattern
      Row 1: Ssk, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, k6.
      Row 2: K6, p5.

      XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X)

      Finished Bust
      29 (33, 37, 41, 45, 49, 53) in
      74 (84, 94, 104, 114, 124, 135) cm

      US 5/3.75 mm circular needles with 32 in and 16 in cables.
      US 2/2.75 mm circular needles with 16 in cables or DPNs.
      810 (910, 1010, 1120, 1225, 1325, 1430) yards of Berocco Ultra Alpaca Light or similar sport weight yarn.
      4 x 5/8-inch buttons.
      Scrap yarn or holder.
      2 stitch markers labeled A and B.

  5. Love it! It looks amazing on you, and I can’t wait for the pattern!

  6. That sweater is amazing! It’s a beautiful color and it looks stunning on you! I love the texture! I cannot wait to make a spring version for myself!

  7. Regan

    Gorgeous Cardi – gorgeous girl – so neat to have a dk pattern- thanks

  8. Yes! Call the Midwife inspired Cardi – brilliant! The dress is beautiful, too. X

  9. Jo

    Another great design which looks great on you. I really like the eyelet design and look forward to knitting the cardigan and adding it to my knitwear collection.

  10. It looks beautiful, cant wait to make one too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. This is lovely, and really looks the part! I really like the texture. I am nearly through with my first Hetty, and this one looks like it could be next on the list!

  12. I also wanted a burgundy cardigan and even a dress like the nurses were wearing on the series!

    I love this new design. Looking forward to its release1

  13. Very cute and I have so much DK in my stash this would be a perfect knit although non of them are burgundy which is my favourite colour so I may end up purchasing something new. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. What a wonderful design! I love how such a simple stitch pattern produces so much texture. It’s beautiful!

  15. Cheryl Stern

    Gorgeous! I have the perfect yarn for this sweater.

  16. I love it and I’ll definitely knit it!

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