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Malinois Cardigan - Knitting Pattern

Malinois Cardigan - Knitting Pattern

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Classy, lightweight, wearable. The fine gauge and double knit buttonband add refined finishing touches to this wardrobe staple. The sophisticated deep V-neck and the saddle shoulder construction elevate any outfit. The Malinois is a cardigan for any occasion, and pairs beautifully with dresses, skirts, jeans, camisoles, and tees.

Construction: The 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

The cables are fairly simple, and the pattern explains the techniques and shaping thoroughly. However, the fine gauge and double knit buttonband increase the amount of time it take to knit, and possibly the difficulty.

As with all of my size inclusive garment patterns, you can use the code ANTIFATTAX to get 20% off the pattern, intended for sizes 6-9 to help combat the extra costs incurred by knitting larger sizes.

This pattern is part of a bundle with the Children’s 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.

This pattern has been professionally tech edited by Hannah of Works of Our Hands, and has been test knitted.


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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.


31 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.

A few stitch markers (including some removable ones), darning needle, scissors, tape measure, cable needle, waste yarn or stitch holders.

3 (.75” / 2 cm) buttons, or desired size and quantity of buttons.The pattern includes instructions for buttonholes using any size and quantity of buttons.


Knitting for Olive Merino 6, 6, 7, (7, 8, 8) {9, 10, 10} skeins (273 yards / 250 meters per 50 g), 100% Merino. Sample is in color “Blommerosa”.

OR 1456, 1577, 1715, (1862, 2005, 2178) {2336, 2517, 2700} yards / 1333, 1444, 1571, (1705, 1836, 1994) {2139, 2305, 2472} meters of comparable light 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

-Access to a mix and match modification spreadsheet

-Progress charts

-At least 5 bust dart options per size

-Illustrated construction overview

-Links to video tutorials and explanations of special techniques

-Chart and written instructions for the cable detail

-Prompt pattern support