Morning Coffee

A simple, essential cardigan as faithful and useful as your morning cuppa.


Sizes: Twelve sizes; intended to be worn with 1-2’’/2.5-5cm ease in the upper torso. Shown in size 38½’’ / 98 cm. Amy is wearing the cardigan with 1⁄2’’/1.5 cm ease in the upper torso.

Final Measurements:
Bust measures: 30¼ (32, 34½, 36, 38½, 40¼, 42¾, 44¼, 46¾, 48½, 50, 54¼)”/77 (81.5, 87.5, 91.5, 98, 102, 108.5, 112.5, 119, 123, 127, 137.5) cm
Length from hem to shoulder: 20 (20¾, 21¼, 21¾, 22½, 23, 23½, 24, 24¾, 25¼, 25½, 26)”/51 (52.5, 54, 55, 57, 58.5, 59.5, 61, 63, 64, 65, 66) cm

Featured Materials:
A Verb For Keeping Warm Pioneer [100% organic merino]: 160 yds/146 m per 50 g hank, shown in color Grizzly Peak: 5 (6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10, 11) hanks or approximately 790 (850, 930, 980, 1080, 1135, 1225, 1300, 1400, 1505, 1570, 1735) yds/718 (775, 845, 895, 985, 1035, 1115, 1185, 1280, 1375, 1430, 1580) m

Gauge: 19.5 sts & 29 rows = 4”/10 cm in stockinette stitch. Recommended needle size of US 7/4.5mm.

Pattern Notes: All photographs copyright Amy Herzog 2013. Technical editing by Alison Green.

Morning Coffee is a satisfying alternative to complicated sweater knitting. Instead of spending a lot of time figuring out charts, or unusual constructions, or multiple gauges, just… …knit. And come up with a wardrobe-staple of a sweater that you wear as faithfully as you drink that morning brew. It’s simple, it’s uncomplicated, and it’s the kind of sweater everyone needs.

Unpretentious moss stitch trims the edges of this ¾-sleeve, single-button cardigan. A cute and unexpected touch of moss stitch also adorns the back waist. Morning Coffee is knit in pieces from the bottom up and then seamed; the cardigan edges are worked inline with the front of the sweater. The neck trim stitches are continued past the shoulder bind-offs on the front, and then sewn to the back neckline.

A Verb for Keeping Warm’s Pioneer is the perfect choice for Morning Coffee-its tweedy texture provides a lovely depth to the fabric, its construction keeps the cardigan lightweight yet warm, and the soft merino is comfortable when worn against the skin. The fact that it’s 100% California Wool and supports local farmers and US mills means that your own Morning Coffee will be a garment that is truly worthy of you.

Morning Coffee offers great options for all body types. As written, the wide neckline, combined with the ¾-sleeves ending in line with the hem of the sweater make a proportional figure shine. The hourglass created by the cardigan’s single button creates or enhances your curves. Top-heavy shapes might consider narrowing the neckline so that it sits closer to the sides of the neck; bottom-heavy shapes might consider shortening the sleeves slightly (or lengthening them, to break up the lines at the hips a bit).

Vertical darts enable easy customization to fit your needs. Should you desire less waist shaping than specified, either omit the shaping rows entirely, or omit/reduce only the shaping on the front of the sweater. Bustier women can work more increases on the front of the sweater, and not in the back. Extra stitches should be decreased into the neckline.

As with all patterns, compare the schematic against your own measurements and make alterations as necessary.

Morning Coffee may be purchased in one of two ways from my ravelry pattern store:

  • As a standard pattern for $7.00 (with CustomFit recipe included in addition to standalone pattern instructions). This is a pattern very much like any of my others; it includes complete instructions for all 12 sizes, plus modification advice and a detailed schematic. To purchase the standalone pattern for $7.00, click here: buy now
  • You may also purchase a CustomFit recipe (without standard pattern instructions) for $2.50. The CustomFit recipe provides full instructions on how to use CustomFit to make a Morning Coffee that will fit you perfectly from hem to neck and everywhere in between, including:
    • Which construction options to choose to get Morning Coffee in the fit and shape as shown above
    • Instructions for adjustments and additions to the “blank slate” CustomFit pattern to achieve the look shown
    • Finishing directions, including “all in one” neck edging instructions

    To purchase the CustomFit Recipe ONLY for $2.50, click here: buy now

Which should you choose? It depends on whether you’re typically comfortable knitting (and modifying) a pattern as written, or whether you’d really like to get instructions that fit you well with no modification required.

The CustomFit recipe requires the purchase of a CustomFit pattern, for $9.99 to get a complete set of instructions.

Thanks for your support!

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