My First Cardigan

Learn how to knit a top down raglan cardigan seamlessly!

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Would you like to learn all the tips and techniques you need to know to knit your first raglan top-down cardigan?

We've got you covered!

Join Irish knitwear designer Carol Feller from her studio in Cork as she takes you through the process of knitting your first top-down raglan cardigan, Breac.

This project is one of those garment 'quick-wins' as Breac is knitted using 9mm/US10 needles with chunky Manos Del Uruguay ‘Franca’ so that you can see your project grow quickly as you work through the sections keeping you motivated and engaged.

But I'm a completely new knitter!

Aha! Firstly let me say welcome and we are delighted that you're here. One of the best things about knitting is that you can learn by creating any project. As long as you have a pattern, needles and yarn you can start.

The Stolen Stitches Starter Series has been developed with beginners like you in mind. The patterns are designed so that you are never overloaded with information and our step-by-step video workshops are available 24/7 whenever you can find a stolen moment to knit.

You can also join the Stolen Stitches community on Facebook here should you ever be in need of a virtual knitting community. We're a friendly bunch with a focus on laid back crafting.

What's in the course?

This course covers:

  1. An introduction to top-down raglan knitting
  2. Casting on
  3. Yoke construction
  4. Dividing for sleeves
  5. Measuring your cardigan
  6. Working body edges
  7. Working the sleeves and cuffs
  8. Cardigan bind-off and finishing
  9. Picking up stitches
  10. Working buttonholes

As well as all of the above classes you will also have access to these tips and techniques bonuses:

Bonuses Tips & Techniques:

  1. Joining New Yarn
  2. Alternating Skeins
  3. Fixing Missed Yarnovers

If you want a detailed breakdown of what you can expect on Teachable just scroll down the page :D

What if I need help?

Aside from the detailed FAQ, video tutorials, recorded tips and detailed patterns you can also used the comment section on Teachable if you get stuck and Carol will be in touch. We do like to point out that Stolen Stitches runs in Irish Time and logs in during business hours.

Pattern Details:

Chunky weight yarn approx. 422 (445, 507, 569, 631, 688, 754, 805, 876, 930) yds / 389 (410, 467, 524, 582, 634, 695, 742, 806, 856) m
Sample: Manos Del Uruguay ‘Franca’ (60% Merino, 20% Yak, 20% Linen; 114 yds / 105m per 1.76 oz / 50 g); colour: Indigo (F9052): 4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9) skeins

US size 13 / 9 mm circular needles, 40”/ 100 cm long (or longer for larger sizes)

US size 13 / 9 mm dpns if magic loop not being used for sleeves

To Fit Actual Bust Circumference Up To: 32.5 (34, 37.25, 40.5, 43.75, 47, 50, 53.25, 56.5, 58)”/ 82.5 (86.5, 94.5, 103, 111, 119.5, 127, 135.5, 143.5, 147.5) cm
1-3” / 2.5-7.5 cm of positive ease recommended.

Bust Circumference: 33.5 (35, 38.25, 41.5, 44.75, 48, 51, 54.25, 57.5, 59)”/ 85 (89, 97, 105.5, 113.5, 122, 129.5, 138, 146, 150), buttoned
Length: 17 (17.5, 18, 18.5, 19, 19.5, 20, 20.5, 21, 21.5)”/ 43 (44.5, 45.5, 47, 48.5, 49.5, 51, 52, 53.5, 54.5) cm

Size 35” / 89 cm modeled with approx. 0.5” / 1.5 cm of positive ease.

"Thank you, Carol. I now have a better understanding of the sweater construction and the different types. I have only done raglan sleeve sweaters.... I now feel more comfortable with the pattern I have chosen and more confident that with your instructions I can do different types of sweaters when I have completed this course."

- Kathy

Your Instructor

Carol Feller
Carol Feller

Carol Feller ( is a designer, teacher, and author living in Cork, Ireland. She has published just under 300 patterns and 7 books, including Short Row Knits (Pottercraft) and Contemporary Irish Knits (Wiley), and is a popular instructor on with almost 400,000 students. She regularly teaches in yarn shops, fibre festivals, knitting retreats and tours, covering a wide variety of basic and advanced skills including chart reading, garment shaping, short rows, cables, and colourwork. Carol first learned to knit in primary school, and there is a strong history of crafting in her family. In university, she trained as a textile artist, and then as a structural engineer and both of these backgrounds influence her work.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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