Whirligig Cardigan- Knitting Pattern (Universal Yarn)

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Whirligig Cardigan Pattern
Fruit Punch (Online Only)
Festival (Online Only)
Popsicle (Online Only)
Pastel Pop (Online Only)
Peachy (Online Only)
Green Bean (Online Only)
Black (Online Only)
White (Online Only)
Ecru (Online Only)
Beige (Online Only)
Red (Online Only)
Magenta (Online Only)
Hot Pink (Online Only)
Purple (Online Only)
Blue (Online Only)
Aqua (Online Only)
Yellow (Online Only)
Celery -Retiring (Online Only)
Dusk (Online Only)
Lavender (Online Only)
Blush (Online Only)
Powder Blue (Online Only)
Grey (Online Only)
Turquoise (Online Only)
Emerald (Online Only)
Lemon -Retiring (Online Only)
Salmon (Online Only)
Seafoam (Online Only)
Lime (Online Only)
Dutch Blue (Online
Teal (Online Only)
Daiquiri (Online Only)
Herb Green (Online Only)
Apricot (Online Only)
Azure (Online Only)
Sky Surf (Online Only)
Super Pink (Online Only)
Brindle (Online Only)
Sulphur (Online Only)
Fossil -Retiring (Online Only)
Orchid (Online Only)
Ocean -Retiring (Online Only)
Silken (Online Only)
Jade (Online Only)
True Blue (Online Only)
Coral (Online Only)
Currant (Online Only)
Dahlia (Online Only)
Hosta (Online Only)

The Whirligig Cardigan, designed by Afifa Sayeed, captures all of the whimsy and colors of spring! Two bold shades of Cotton Supreme collide with two punchy colors of Cotton Supreme Speckles to create swirly pinwheels all over.

We love all of the ways you can pair these yarns, and are so excited to feature them in this week’s Free Pattern Friday. The Whirligig Cardigan is an Easy pattern, suitable for adventurous beginners. It’s constructed of 52 individual squares that are knit on the bias. Once completed, they are sewn together based on a schematic, and finished with picked up stitches for sleeve hems and edging. This is a great cardigan to make on-the-go.



A (B, C)
Shown in A size with approx. 9¼” of positive ease along the back.

Back Bust Width: 26 (27½, 29¼)”
Length: 22¼ (23¼, 24¼)”

Universal Yarn Cotton Supreme (100% cotton; 100g/180 yds)
• 622 Daquiri (A) – 4 (4, 5) skeins
• 606 Lavender (B) – 3 (3, 4) skeins
Universal Yarn Cotton Supreme Speckles (100% cotton; 100g/180 yds)
• 1001 Fruit Punch (C) – 3 (3, 4) skeins
• 1004 Pastel Pop (D) – 3 (3, 4) skeins
Needle: US Size 8 (5 mm) straight (or your preferred needle for knitting flat), and 24” circulars for sleeve edging. or size needed to obtain gauge
Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker, removable stitch marker (optional)

18 sts x 32 rows = 4” in Garter stitch
Save time, check your gauge.

This cardigan is constructed of 52 individual squares that are knit on the bias. After sewing the squares together as shown in the schematic, stitches are picked up for the hem, the front edging, and the sleeves. In this pattern, we recommend weaving in your ends as you go to save time.

This cardigan is intended to be worn with a generous amount of positive ease. Due to the open nature of the cardigan at the bust, finished measurements are given based on back width at the bust (measured from center of underarm to center of underarm). It is recommended to choose a size approximately 9-12 inches larger than your actual back bust width. Further measurements for each size can be found on the schematic.

Cotton Supreme is a ridiculously soft, worsted-weight, 100% cotton yarn available in a whopping 45 colors and is a dream to work with and wear, but its versatility is the real kicker. It’s suitable for homewares like baby blankets, washcloths, stuffed toys, and more. However, Cotton Supreme truly is most popular for garments and accessories worn close to the skin. It’s an approved yarn for sensitive skin types, and is used by many for chemo caps.

Cotton Supreme Speckles is the variegated counterpart to Cotton Supreme. It comes in 6 zippy colors, which can pair with their solid sisters in fun and exciting ways. 

Colors labeled (Online Only) will arrive to our store in approximately 1 week and can be shipped or picked up afterwards. (We will notify you if a product is out of stock)

Universal Yarn ships to us 3 times a week! (MWF) Getting your orders in by 7am on those days ensures that your order is on its way to us that afternoon.

  • Worsted Weight
  • 100% Cotton
  • 100g/180 yds

Stitches Per Inch
Knit: 17 sts x 23 rows = 4" // US Size 8 (5 mm)
Crochet: 13 sts x 17 rows = 4" // US Size J-10 (6 mm)

Yarn Care
Machine wash - warm, tumble dry - low heat, iron - low heat, dry-clean - any solvent