How to Knit a Fisherman Cardigan with Thessaloniki Technique
Are you ready to take your knitting skills to the next level? Then why not try knitting a fisherman cardigan using the traditional Thessaloniki technique? This technique involves a combination of cables, bobbles, and texture stitches to create a beautiful, intricate pattern. In this tutorial, we'll guide you step-by-step on how to knit a fisherman cardigan with the Thessaloniki technique.
8 skeins of worsted weight yarn
Size US 8 (5 mm) knitting needles
1. Gauge swatch:
Before beginning your cardigan, it is important to knit a gauge swatch to ensure that your finished garment will fit properly. Knit a 4x4 inch swatch using your chosen yarn and needles. Count how many stitches and rows there are in one inch. Adjust your needle size if necessary to match the gauge in the pattern.
2. Cast on and ribbing:
Cast on the number of stitches required for the back of the cardigan. Work in K1P1 ribbing for 2 inches.
3. Thessaloniki stitch:
Begin the Thessaloniki stitch pattern according to the chart. This stitch pattern involves a combination of cables, bobbles, and texture stitches. Make sure to keep track of the pattern repeats using stitch markers.
4. Front and neck shaping:
When you have reached the armholes, separate the stitches for the front and back of the cardigan. Begin shaping the neckline of the front of the cardigan by working decreases at the neck edge. Continue the Thessaloniki stitch pattern on the back of the cardigan.
Knit the sleeves separately using the Thessaloniki stitch pattern. When the sleeves are the desired length, shape the sleeve cap by decreasing stitches at the beginning and end of each row until the desired number of stitches remain.
With right sides together, seam the sleeves to the body of the cardigan using a mattress stitch. Sew up the sides of the cardigan, leaving space for the armholes. Weave in any loose ends using a tapestry needle.
Congratulations! You have now learned how to knit a fisherman cardigan using the Thessaloniki technique. This intricate pattern creates a beautiful, textured garment that is sure to become a wardrobe staple. Try experimenting with different colors and yarns to make this pattern your own.