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  • Craft: Knit
  • Free/Paid: Paid
  • Yarn Weight: Dk
  • Yarn Base: Dewy Dk
  • Yardage: 800+
  • Project Type: Cardigans
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
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Based on actual bust measurements. XS: 32-34” (81-86 cm), S: 36-38” (91-97 cm), M: 40-42” (102-107 cm), L: 44-46” (112-117 cm), XL: 48-50” (122-127 cm), 2XL: 52-54” (132-137 cm), 3XL: 56-58” (142-147 cm), and 4XL: 60-62” (152-157 cm) 

Designed to be worn with 3” (7.5 cm) of positive ease. The sample is shown in size Small and is modeled on a 34” (86 cm) bust. 


Expression Fiber Arts Dewy DK yarn

Sample shown in: Shadow Cat Dahlia

Skeins needed: 5 (5, 5, 6) (6, 7, 7) 8 (Yardage per size is located on page 10.) 

If that color isn't available, any from this category will work.

US size 6 (4.0 mm) circular needles with 32” (81 cm) cable for the body of sweater and 16” (41 cm) cable for neck and sleeves, or size(s) needed to obtain gauge; US size 6 (4.0 mm) double pointed needles for cuffs 

Intermediate to Advanced: This pattern is for those who feel comfortable with knitting and have made a few projects, using various skills and techniques. Skills/concepts include garment construction, buttonholes, German short rows, and adding stitches throughout a garment.

Notes from the Designer:

Ibisco is the Italian word for “hibiscus,” which is a flower that comes in many colors, each with its own symbolism and meaning. Yellow hibiscus is often associated with happiness, sunshine, and good luck, while red hibiscus is a symbol of love and passion. Pink hibiscus symbolizes friendship and all different kinds of love – not just romantic, while purple hibiscus is associated with mystery, knowledge, and the upper class.

Similar in style to the Malvarosa and Millefiori sweaters, the Ibisco cardigan is knitted top down with front bands with button closures that are added later and bishop style sleeves. With positive ease that allows for layering, the Ibisco cardigan lays gracefully on your shoulders and down your body, and the length can be adjusted, if desired. Ibisco is knitted with Dewy DK yarn and is so warm! Choose a color you love, and Ibisco will be a favorite for years to come! 

  • Click the video tab to watch a video showcasing three related sweater patterns: Malvarosa, Millefiori, and Ibisco. 
  • This cardigan is knitted back and forth. The front bands are added after the body is complete.
  • The pattern has two short row sections for shaping the bust and shoulders. The German Short Row method is recommended. Watch this video to learn how to work them.
  • The sweater has bishop sleeves with cuffs. The Stockinette section on the sleeves is worked to the bend of the wrist or your desired length before the ribbed cuff is added, which “puffs” the sleeves. Try on the sleeves occasionally to get the correct length for your body.
  • Try on the cardigan as you go, and modify as needed. You can add increase or decrease rows between the sections for a better fit.
  • Check the table on page 10 for the stitch count at each increase.
  • A kfb is used to increase the yoke; however, you can use a M1 instead, if you prefer.
  • VERY IMPORTANT: If you wonder what row you are on, count the rows on the middle front of the sweater. The back has extra rows for the short-row sections. Count the rows on the front of the yoke all the way down to the BO.
  • I suggest keeping a safety pin or removable stitch marker handy and moving it down the body in the front as you reach every 10th row. Use this method to track your count on each sleeve, too. 

Designed by Candy Key


4.13.24 - Row 69 updated for sizes 2XL - 4XL.

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