Guggen KAL swatching time!

guggen cardigan back view

Would anyone like a little bit of knitting distraction? This seems like an excellent time to immerse yourself in some cardigan knitting. I’ve just put the Guggen cardigan on presale today so you will be all ready to go now with your swatching!

Over the last few years I’ve been putting more and more videos together with each knitalong. This time I did a short video for every new technique that was introduced as I was knitting the cardigan and I’ve ended up with 16 videos. I’m really hoping that this will be of help to newer garment knitters out there and will be useful for the unusual garment construction. Because there were so many videos it didn’t seem like a great idea to add them all to a page as I’ve done before. Instead I’ve made a Teachable class that will be a great way of organising the videos as we go, adding new ones with each new pattern clue. If you buy the pattern there’s no need to also buy the class, you will find a coupon in the pattern pdf to give you access to it.

guggen cardigan hip detail

As there is a lot extra in this KAL the price is a little higher than I’ve charged previously. However I still hope you find it good value for everything that’s included! For any early birds out there you can get a 10% discount on both the pattern and yarn with code GUGGEN10 until the first clue comes out on the 6th of May.


The pattern clues (new sections of the patterns) and videos will be released on the following schedule:

  • Clue 1: May 6th
  • Clue 2: May 20th
  • Clue 3: June 3rd
  • Clue 4: June 17th
  • Final Prize Raffle: July 1st

guggen cardigan

Yarn & Shipping

Due to restrictions in Ireland because of Covid-19 I’ve had to relocated to my home studio. This has meant that my online shop has become limited to digital patterns, books, gift cards and the single physical product, Nua Sport. I’ve had a new delivery of this to my home so I can still ship from my local post office. This means that when you make an online purchase Nua Sport can be the ONLY physical product in your cart. If there are other products you’ll be told there are no shipping options.

About the Pattern

Now that you know all about how it works I’m guessing you’d like to learn a bit more about the pattern itself. It’s a side-to-side cardigan that uses short rows to shape the neck, hem and even the sleeves! The slip stitch garter pattern is fast to memorise making this a relaxing knit once you’ve finished a repeat or two of the pattern. I’ve knit this using Nua Sport in the colour Cerebellum.

To Fit Actual Bust Circumference up to: 33.5 (35, 38.25, 41.5, 48.5, 50.25, 52.5, 53.5, 55.75, 59)” / 85 (89, 97, 105.5, 123, 127.5, 133.5, 136, 141.5, 150) cm
1-2” / 2.5 – 5 cm of positive ease recommended.

Bust Circumference: 34.5 (36, 39.25, 42.5, 49.5, 51.25, 53.5, 54.5, 56.75, 60)” / 87.5 (91.5, 99.5, 108, 125.5, 130, 136, 138.5, 144, 152.5) cm buttoned
Size 36” / 92 cm modelled with 1.5”/ 4 cm positive ease.
Length from Top Of Neck: 20 (20.75, 21.5, 22, 22.5, 23.25, 24, 24.75, 25.5, 25.75)” / 51 (52.5, 54.5, 56, 57, 59, 61, 63, 65, 65.5) cm

Stolen Stitches ‘Nua’ (60% Merino, 20% Yak, 20% Linen; 153 yds / 140 m per 1.76 oz / 50 g); colour: Cerebellum (9817); 8 (8, 9, 10, 12, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16) skeins
Approximate Yardage: 1149 (1224, 1377, 1507, 1728, 1803, 1923, 2108, 2235, 2379) yds / 1051 (1120, 1260, 1378, 1582, 1650, 1760, 1929, 2046, 2177) m

US size 5 / 3.75 mm circular needles, 32”/ 80 cm long (or longer for larger sizes)
US size 5 / 3.75 mm straight needle or second circ any length
Always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed, as every knitter’s gauge is unique.

Tapestry needle, stitch markers, waste yarn, 8 buttons approx. 0.75″/ 22 mm diameter.

25 sts and 40 rows = 4″ / 10 cm in Slip Stitch Pattern
19 sts and 40 rows / rnds = 4″ / 10 cm in Garter Stitch

How to Get Guggen

You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry or my website.

Yarn is available from my website here.

All pattern pdfs come with the access code for the video workshop.

Are you joining the KAL? Make sure you use the tag #guggenkal2020 so I can follow and repost your knits!


7 thoughts on “Guggen KAL swatching time!

  1. Fabulous Carol. Perfect project whilst confined at home. I have bought the pattern and need to check the yarn I bought from you in Ireland on retreat. Fingers crossed I have enough and can replace once our borders are open to knit the other patterns waiting in line.

  2. What a lovely sweater! I enjoyed the personal introduction to it too. May I ask two questions? First, would I be able to knit it in Titus? I have 4 hanks of the special dye lot coming to me in the mail. They will reach Canada eventually. Second, I am amazed at the number of rows in the tension gauge, given 3.75 mm needles. 38? 9.5 per inch? Thank you! I love your designs, have the short row book and need to purchase the Contemporary Knits book. It has many favourites for me, but the skirt with kick pleats is amazing.

  3. I ordered my yarn and pattern today. But when I hit the button to send it to my ravelry page, I got the “crappers” page at ravelry. How will I get updates? Through your website?

    My ravelry name is eire1218

  4. Hi Moira,
    I titus would work, although it is a lighter weight than Nua sport. The stitch pattern is a combination of garter and slip stitch both which compress work a lot vertically so there are a lot of rows per inch!

  5. I have been trying to get gauge in this. I do okay with the garter gauge after blocking my swatch, but I am having trouble with the slip stitch swatch, even after blocking. If I don’t block my swatch I can get gauge on the slip stitch, but not on garter stitch. What am I doing wrong?

  6. Not doing anything wrong, just everyone’s gauge is different! Sometimes it’s worth trying different needle materials (wooden/metal etc) as that can make a difference. If you are happy with how the fabric feels you can make adjustments for your gauge in the cardigan as well.

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