Houghton Cardigan

Once upon a time I wrote a letter to Katharine Houghton Hepburn…



Once upon a time, I wrote a letter to Katharine Houghton Hepburn… and I received a response. This cardigan is my homage to a wise, witty and non-traditional woman who inspired me as a young girl.

The Houghton Cardigan is the epitome of timeless style: minimal and tailored, with flattering vertical lines. It’s classic and feminine, but not fussy.

Top-down and seamless, this is your new every day sweater –with contrasting pockets inside (one must be a bit non-traditional if we’re channeling Katharine Hepburn), the Houghton Cardigan is as timeless as the woman for whom it was named.

Great pattern for adventurous beginners and beyond — it’s an easy-to-memorize design that includes a quick cable trick video for working the cables without a needle!


32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52)”
Finished size has the addition of 1-2” positive ease


• 935 (1015, 1100, 1166, 1235, 1309, 1387, 1470, 1558, 1651, 1725) yards worsted weight (such as Madelinetosh Vintage)
• 75-100 yards contrasting yarn in fingering or sock weight for inside pockets
• Size 7/4.5mm (24-32”) circular needle (body)
• Size 5/3.75mm (24”) circular needle (finishing neckline and buttonband)
• Size 7/4.5mm (12” or DPN) sleeves
• Size 5/3.75mm (12” or DPN’s) sleeve ribbing
• Size 5 DPN’s (pocket lining)
• Use needle size necessary to obtain gauge.
• Darning needle to weave in ends
• Stitch markers
• 9-10 buttons (20-22mm size)
• Size E crochet hook
• Cable needle (or use cable shortcut)
Blocking pins, blocking mat


5 st per inch and 6 rows per inch in stockinette