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Fading Diamonds Cardigan - Knitting Pattern

Fading Diamonds Cardigan - Knitting Pattern

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Fading Diamonds is a top down raglan cardigan with a diamond lace motif. The motif starts out simple during the raglan shaping, then becomes more complex as the cardigan grows.


The cardigan is seamlessly knit flat in one piece until the raglan shaping is complete, then the sleeves are placed on hold. The body is continued flat, and the sleeves are later picked up and knit in the round. The neckband and button band are worked simultaneously with the rest of the body.

Despite the complexity of the lace, the cardigan comes together quickly due to the worsted weight yarn and loose gauge.

Difficulty: Intermediate

As with all my size inclusive garment patterns, you can use the code ANTIFATTAX to get 20% off the pattern, intended for sizes 6-10 to help combat the extra costs incurred by knitting larger sizes.

This pattern has been professionally tech edited by Hannah Middleton, and test knitted.

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The cardigan is meant to be worn with 2-4” / 5-10 cm of positive ease.

Please see the schematic and size chart in the photos for all the measurements. The first 4 rows are the body measurements the cardigan was graded to fit, A-H are the finished garment measurements.

Sample is size 2 worn with 4” / 10 cm of positive ease.

Fading Diamonds features compound raglan shaping for impeccable fit across the size range.


17 stitches and 25 rows in 4" in lace pattern.
One full diamond (17 stitches and 28 rows) should measure ~4” x 4.75” / 10 cm x 12 cm.

Please note that row gauge does make a big difference in cardigan and sleeve length, if your row gauge is different from the patterns you may need to make adjustments.

Needles & Notions

(Larger) US 9 / 5.5 mm circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge after blocking.

(Smaller) US 7 / 4.5 mm circular needles for the ribbed hem, or 2 sizes smaller than (Larger) needles.

10 stitch markers, darning needle, scissors, waste yarn for putting stitches on hold.


Cascade Yarns Cantata 5, 5, 6, (6, 6, 7) {8, 8, 8, 9} skeins (218 yards / 200 meters per 100 g), 70% Cotton, 30% Merino. Sample shown in color 23 Pink.

OR 970, 1031, 1215, (1237, 1282, 1471) {1531, 1677, 1704, 1763} yards / 886, 942, 1110, (1129, 1171, 1343) {1398, 1531, 1555, 1609} meters of worsted weight yarn.

Two of my samples are made with 100% cotton yarn, which also worked well.


Long Tail Cast On

Backwards Loop Cast On

PU and K





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M1L / M1R

What’s Included

-Illustrated Construction Overview

-2 PDFs, one with mostly charted instructions, the other with all the instructions written out

-Illustrations of tricky bits

-Hyperlinks for easy electronic pattern navigation

-Guidance on how to modify lengths

-Special Techniques with links to YouTube videos