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Grand Canyon Cardigan

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Cardigan Knitting Pattern

The Grand Canyon Cardigan was inspired by the multi-colored sandstone that forms part of the walls of the Grand Canyon. It features an eye-catching but simple eyelet check texture.

The finished cardigan is light and comfortable. It features raglan shoulders and short sleeves for a more active style.

The cardigan is knitted from the top down without seams.

Sizes: S (M, L, XL, 2X, 3X)

Chest: 34 [38, 42, 46, 50, 54] inches (86 [96, 106, 117, 127, 137] cm
Length: 20 (20, 22, 22, 24, 24) inches [52 (50, 55, 55, 60, 60) cm]

Materials: Sinfonia by Omega sport weight yarn (100% cotton), 218 yards (199 meters) / 100 gr, color 806 Light Gold - 2 (2, 3, 3, 3) skeins
Sinfonia by Omega sport weight yarn (100% cotton), 218 yards (199 meters) / 100 gr, color 842 Cinnamon - 2 (2, 3, 3, 3) skeins
Sinfonia by Omega sport weight yarn (100% cotton), 218 yards (199 meters) / 100 gr, color 843 Dark Cinnamon - 2 (2, 3, 3, 3) skeins

Needles: circular US #4 (3.5 mm) OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Gauge for Eyelet Check Pattern: 22 sts x 32 rows = 4" x 4" (10cm x 10cm)

Pattern Notes


RS - right side
WS - wrong side
k - knit
p - purl
yo - yarn over
p2tog - purl 2 together
pm – place marker
mm – move marker

Eyelet Check Pattern

in rows
Multiple of 8 sts + 3
Row 1 (RS): k 2, *p 3, k 5, rep from *, end with k 1.
Row 2: p 1, *p 5, k 3, rep from *, end with p 2.
Row 3: k 2, *p 1, yo, p2tog, k 5, rep from *, end with k 1.
Row 4: p 1, *p 5, k 3, rep from *, end with p 2.
Row 5: same as row 1.
Row 6: purl.
Row 7: k 1, *k 5, p 3, rep from *, end with k 2.
Row 8: p 2, *k 3, p 5, rep from *, end with p 1.
Row 9: k 1, *k 5, p 1, yo, p2tog, rep from *, end with k 2.
Row 10: p 2, *k 3, p 5, rep from *, end with p 1.
Row 11: same as ro w 7.
Row 12: purl.

in rounds
Multiple of 8 sts
Rnds 1-2 : *k 5, p 3, rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 3: *k 5, p 1, yo, p2tog, rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnds 4-5: same as 1-2.
Rnd 6: knit.
Rnds 7-8: *k 1, p 3, k 4, rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 9: *k 1, p 1, yo, p2tog, k 4, rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnds 10-11: same as rnds 7-8.
Rnd 12: knit.


The front openings of the cardigan are finished with chain selvedge. There is 1 selvedge st added at the beginning and the end of the row.
At the beginning of each row slip 1
At the end of each row purl 1

Make 1 increase - I used the increase described by Elizabeth Zimmerman
Make a backward loop over the right-hand needle and in the next row purl as a regular stitch. See picture here


The cardigan is worked from top to bottom, back and forth without seams.

Cast on 57 (57, 57, 65, 65, 71) sts and purl one row (wrong side). Divide sts as follows and place markers on raglan lines:
1st (selvedge) + 1st (front) + 1 st (raglan, place a marker) + 11 (11, 11, 11, 11, 13) sts (sleeve) + 1st (raglan, place a marker) + 27 (27, 27, 35, 35, 37) sts (back) + 1st (raglan, place a marker) + 11 (11, 11, 11, 11, 13) sts (sleeve) + 1 st (raglan, place a marker) + 1st (front) + 1 st (selvedge)
Work pattern for 30 (28, 36, 52, 48, 44) rows increasing by 8 sts (double increase at the raglan sts) in each odd row as follows: M1, k1 (raglan st), M1 at the raglan st.
For all sizes, except 3X start Eyelet Check pattern on the back from p 3. For size 3X start from k 1, p 3, k 5, etc. (see charts below).
For another 34 (44, 44, 28, 40, 50) rows continue to increase back and fronts at raglan lines in each odd row. For sleeves now increase in every 4th row 9 (11, 11, 7, 10, 12) times.

At the same time increase by 1 st at the beginning and the end of the row (2 sts per row) in every 6th row 6 (10, 13, 6, 10, 11) times and in every 4th row 7 (3, 0, 11, 7, 7) times.

Stitch count before division for sleeves: 321 (348, 386, 424, 454, 443, 478).

Back S (M, L)

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Back XL (2X)

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Back 3X

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Sleeve S (M, L, XL, 2X)

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Sleeve 3X

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Right Front

Left Front

Divide for sleeves

Row 65 (73, 81, 81, 89, 95): work the left front sts, transfer the left sleeve sts to a length of yarn, cast on 8 (11, 14, 17, 21, 23) sts with single cast on for the underarm, work back sts, transfer right sleeve sts to a length of yarn, cast on 8 (11, 14, 17, 21, 23) sts with single cast on and work right front stitches.

Continue to work bodice back and forth for 80 (72, 82, 82, 86, 80) more rows. Mark 2 middle sts of the underarm sts and knit them on RS and purl on WS (this is a faux side seam).

Work 10 rows of rib 1x1.

Color change row count:
Light Gold 1-47 (47, 53, 53, 57, 57) rows
Cinnamon 48 (48, 54, 54, 58, 58) - 95 (95, 107, 107, 115, 115)
Dark Cinnamon from row 96 (96, 108, 108, 116, 116)

Bind off.


Sleeves are worked in rounds.

Transfer sleeve sts from the yarn to the needles and pick up 8 (11, 14, 17, 21, 23) sts over the 8 (11, 14, 17, 21, 23) underarm sts. Place a marker at the beginning of the round.

Work 38 (30, 34, 34, 34, 28) rounds or to desired length. The colour changes on sleeves are the same as on bodice.

Work 10 rounds of rib 1x1. Bind off.


Button bands and neck band are worked in rib 1x1 continuously from the bottom of the right front, to neckline, to left front and end at the bottom of the left front.
Mark the button placement on the right front. Pick up sts with circular needle along the center of the right front (you are supposed to pick up each chain selvedge loop as you are going to join the button band to the front at every other row). You don't need to pick up all the sts, you can do this in batches.
Cast on 9 sts and work rib 1x1 to the last st. Work the last st and the first picked up st together as p2tog. Turn, work rib 1x1. Continue to work the button band joining it every odd row to the front of the cardigan. When picking up sts at neckline, pick up every other st of the cast on sts. Continue to left front. Change the yarn color to match the colour of the fronts.


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There are 16 total comments on this article.

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Poster: Olga
May 20, 2018

Poster: Carol
December 14, 2014

I agree. I have not been able to chart it so that I end up with 386 stitches at row 81. Have you successfully charted it? If so, would you be willing to share it with me?
Poster: Julie
January 23, 2015

I normally just copy/paste the patterns that i like into a Word folder where i keep all my knitting patterns.
Poster: Edwina Burnell
May 19, 2018

My sincere apologies, I hadn’t realised that you were emailing the pattern in pdf form once I had input my email address. My mistake. Many thanks.
Poster: Maureen
June 23, 2016

Love your wide variety of patterns, thank you.But. why are the majority of your patters knitted on circular needles. I simply am not able to work with them. Help
Poster: Marny CA
May 23, 2018

Maureen, circular needles are used when there are a lot of stitches. Usually straight needles do not hold as many sts comfortably. But you can use needles with which you are comfortable.

Worse case scenario: all the stitches won't fit and ease of a seamless will be more difficult.
Poster: Marny CA
March 9, 2015

This is really nice! I think, however, with my girth, sticking to one color is what I will do.

Thank you so much for sharing this!!
Poster: Jnel
December 23, 2014

Left a message in ravelry forum but would like to make this cardigan...
Do the raglan stitch markers travel with the middle stitch or does it simply stay in place & slip to next needle as I come to it? Keeping with pattern, the new m1 stitch becomes part of the front or part of the sleeve ?
Also, on the 2 row of the eyelet pattern, I am copying the stitches as the first row but reverse? So, in first row it is p3, k5 but the second row I will knit the p3 & purl the k5, it appears that is how the "in the rounds" rows are written.

I appreciate any help / direction others can provide. Thanks greatly ! Happy Holiday's & happy knitting !
Poster: Carol
June 25, 2016

Stitch markers always sit on the needle not on the stitch unless otherwise mentioned. I haven't read over the pattern so I can't help with your other questions, I hope you found help since you asked.
Poster: Margaret-Rose
May 20, 2018

How about simply downloading the .pdf file ?!
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