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Children’s Malinois Cardigan - Knitting Pattern

Children’s Malinois Cardigan - Knitting Pattern

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Designed with children in mind, the Malinois is the perfect everyday children’s cardigan. The fine dense gauge holds up well to wear and tear, while also being lightweight. As a bonus, the recommended cotton yarn is easy to care for. While seamless, the saddle shoulder construction has a lot of inherent structure to help the cardigan maintain its shape over time. With a classic fit, a hardy double knitted buttonband, and a lovely braided cable detail, it’s easy to dress up or down, and looks great on children of any gender.

Construction: The children’s Malinois is a saddle shoulder construction, worked flat, top-down, and seamlessly. The shoulders are shaped with short rows, both in the front and the back. The set-in sleeves are picked up around the armhole, a sleeve cap is shaped with short rows, and then the sleeve is knit in the round. Finally, stitches are picked up and a double knit buttonband is worked. The pattern includes instructions for buttonholes using any size and quantity of buttons.

Difficulty: Intermediate

This pattern is a great way to test out a new construction, or some new techniques. Everything is thoroughly explained, including an illustrated construction overview.

Instructions for the cable detail are both written and charted.

This pattern is part of a bundle with the Malinois Cardigan, both patterns can be purchased for a total of $13. No coupon code needed. They must both be in your cart for the discount to work.

Professionally tech edited by Hannah, of Works of Our Hands, and test knit.

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Graded to fit a full bust of 30” to 62” / 75 cm to 155 cm.

Finished garment circumference:

35.25”, 39”, 43”, (47.25”, 51.25”, 55”) {59”, 63.5”, 67.25”} / 88.5 cm, 97.5 cm, 107.5 cm, (118 cm, 128.5 cm, 137.5 cm) {147.5 cm, 158.5 cm, 168.5 cm}

See the size chart and schematic in the photos for more detailed measurements.

Intended to be worn with 5” / 12.5 cm of positive ease at the full bust, and 4” / 10 cm of positive ease at the bicep.

Ideally the cross shoulder measurement of the garment is the same as your actual cross shoulder measurement, or slightly wider than your cross front measurement.

The pattern includes a link to a modification spreadsheet that allows you to mix and match cross shoulder, full bust, and bicep measurements.


30 stitches and 42 rows in 4” / 10 cm in stockinette stitch on (Larger) needles, after blocking.

Needles & Notions

(Larger) US 2 / 2.75 mm circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge after blocking.

(Smaller) US 1 / 2.25 mm circular needles, or 1 size smaller than (Larger) needles.

7 stitch markers, 2 removable stitch markers per button you plan to use,  darning needle, scissors, tape measure, cable needle, waste yarn or stitch holders.

4 (.5” / 1.5 cm) buttons or desired size and quantity of buttons.


Rowan Summerlite 4ply 4, 4, 5, (6, 6, 7){8, 8} skeins (191 yards / 175 meters per 50 g), 100% cotton. 

OR 606, 725, 828, (993, 1129, 1294) {1413, 1500} yards / 555, 664, 759, (910, 1035, 1185) {1295, 1375} meters of comparable fingering weight yarn.


Long Tail CO

Backwards Loop CO

Double Knit Buttonband


Italian BO

German short rows

3-3 LC / 3-3 RC


M1L / M1R

PU and K

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What’s Included

-Pattern PDF

-Illustrated construction overview

-Links to video tutorials and explanations of special techniques

-Chart and written instructions for the cable detail

-Prompt pattern support