Pattern Release :: Troian

Hi everyone!

It's been a while since my last post, hasn't it? While I took a bit of a break from blogging and being online much to enjoy the 48 days of no rain (!) in Washington, I assure you I was still busy knitting away and designing as much as possible these past few months! :)

Just a few days ago on Ravelry and today on Craftsy, I released the pattern for Troian:

It features cables against a reverse stockinette background:

Fun toggle and snap closures, for a little something different than the norm:

And, it's knit from the top-down using set in sleeve construction.

This was my first design using this top down construction and I absolutely loved it! I was able to  use some fun and pretty nifty techniques that I haven't been able to use very often, including the Invisible Provisional Cast On, which I also made a YouTube video for. Be sure to check it out below and let me know what you think!

Overall, I'm incredibly happy with how this piece turned out and hope you love it, too! :)


Troian (pronounced troy-an) is a sexy but sophisticated cardigan featuring cables, stockinette, and simple rib details. The cuffed, elbow length sleeves draw the eye up and to the textured front and fun snap and toggle closures placed from the collar to just below the bust.

This cardigan is knit seamlessly from the top down using set-in sleeve construction. The yoke and bodice are knit first to the bottom hem. Stitches are then picked up around the armholes for the sleeves, which are initially shaped by using short rows and then worked seamlessly in the round from the top down.

At high bust, button bands overlapping: 27 ½ (29 ¼, 32, 34, 36, 37 ¼, 40, 41 ½, 44, 45 ¼, 48 ½, 50)” / 70 (74, 81, 86, 91, 95, 102, 105, 112, 115, 123, 127) cm

Finished Measurements noted represent the circumference of the finished knitted piece at high bust (the circumference of your chest at underarm level) when worn closed and button bands are overlapping. When worn open, cardigan has no ease. This cardigan is intended to be worn with approx 2” (5 cm) negative ease at the bustline. In order to achieve the fit as shown, choose a size with a finished measurement that is approx 2” (5 cm) smaller than your actual bust measurement.

946 (1006, 1100, 1169, 1238, 1281, 1376, 1427, 1512, 1556, 1668, 1719) yards / 865 (920, 1006, 1069, 1132, 1171, 1258, 1305, 1383, 1423, 1525, 1572) meters DK weight yarn. Use a plied yarn for best results.

  • Brown Cardigan shown in 32” (81 cm) size and Pigeonroof Studios Cassiopeia DK DK, 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 15% Cashmere, 10% Silk, 260 yards (238 meters) per 100 gram (3.5 oz) skein in colorway ‘Etude.’
  • Teal Cardigan, also shown in 32” (81 cm) size, used Madelinetosh Tosh DK DK, 100% Superwash Merino Wool, 225 yards (206 meters) per 100 gram (3.5 oz) skein in colorway ‘Norway Spruce.’

  • US 6 (4 mm) circular needle, 32” (81 cm) or longer 
  • US 4 (3.5 mm) circular needle, 32” (81 cm) or longer 
  • Appropriate needles of the same two sizes for your preferred method of knitting sleeves in the round

Change needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

20 stitches and 28 rows = 4” (10 cm) in stockinette stitch, using larger needles

  • (8) Stitch markers, color A
  • (2) Stitch markers, color B
  • Cable Needle
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Waste yarn
  • Sewing needle & thread
  • Buttons OR toggle buttons
  • (2) US 3 (3.25 mm) double-pointed needles for making i-cords
  • Size 10 (21 mm) sew-on snaps

$6.50 USD


  1. I really love this new pattern! Already have it on my Ravelry queue for future knitting. Thank you for including a video tutorial on Provisional Cast On. This is a technique that I have tried in the past but have always failed at. Maybe having a video to watch while I attempt the cast on will help me to learn this new skill. :)

    1. Thank you so much, Susie! I would love to hear how the cast on worked out for you and if the video was helpful when you give it another go :)

  2. Thank you for including a part in the video on doing the provisional cast on using the cable of another circular needle. This helped so so much!