Sarah Cardigan Pattern by Cocoknits


Sarah Cardigan Pattern by Cocoknits


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Sarah is a perfect in-between season jacket - just right for cool days in lieu of a coat. The half-fisherman rib is not quite as condensed as full fisherman rib, resulting in a lofty, slightly puffy fabric. Dramatic angled, drop-shoulders, and oversized pockets make Sarah fun to knit and even more, fun to wear!

This pattern uses a modified COCOKNITS METHOD, with the shoulder join dropped to the back. The sleeves, however, are picked up and knitted down from the armhole opening rather than as a seamless yoke. Although this pattern features the signature Cocoknits English tailoring with the front/back join pushed to the back, Sarah does not require the Cocoknits Worksheet.

Special Techniques

  • For a description of all techniques, see Cocoknits Sweater Workshop, the glossary at, and/or the Cocoknits channel at

The COCOKNITS METHOD is a commonsense system for knitting seamless, tailored sweaters from the top down. The Cocoknits Method is explained in detail in Cocoknits Sweater Workshop by Julie Weisenberger.

All of the page numbers in this pattern refer to the pages in Cocoknits Sweater Workshop, where the techniques are explained in detail. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE COCOKNITS SWEATER WORKSHOP or visit your local yarn store




      Small (Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X)

      Finished Measurements

      • Finished Bust (closed): 51 (55, 58.75, 62.75, 65, 71)” / 127.5 (137.5, 147, 157, 162.5, 177.5) cm, after blocking
      • Finished Length: 22 (23.5, 25, 26.5, 28, 30)” / 56 (60, 63.5, 67.5, 71, 76) cm, after blocking



      • 1400 (1550, 1650, 1800, 1950, 2050) yards / 1280 (1417, 1510, 1646, 1785, 1875) meters of dk weight yarn.


        • US 6 / 4 mm (or size needed to obtain gauge) circular needle 40" / 100 cm or longer, circ cord 
        • US 5 / 3.75 mm (or size needed to obtain gauge) circular needle 32"/ 80 cm to work magic loop on sleeves, or dpn’s
        • US 0–2 / 2–2.25 mm circular or long DPN for Jeny's stretchy BO and picking up sts. 


          • Colorful ring markers (2 red, 2 orange, 4 blue)
          • A couple of general markers, color not important
          • 8 opening stitch markers (to hang in a stitch rather than on the needle)
        • ROW COUNTER (optional, but helpful)
        • 4 one-inch buttons

        14 sts and 33 rows / rnds in 4” / 10 cm square over Half Fisherman Rib (HFR) and US 6 / 4 mm needle.

        NOTE: It is important that you knit and wet-block your swatch because the Half Fisherman Rib fabric can change drastically when blocked. You will knit to your blocked gauge, which may differ from your un-blocked gauge.