MIKA Summer Cardigan (EN)

The MIKA Summer Cardigan is a wonderfully airy cardigan with short sleeves.
The ultra-light cardigan goes especially well with summer dresses with short sleeves or spaghetti straps.
But it is also the perfect companion for warm summer evenings with jeans shorts and a T-shirt.

8,00  inkl. MwSt.


The MIKA Summer Cardigan is a short-sleeved cardigan, worked top down. The construction of the upper part integrates the sleeves so that the shoulder and sleeve form one piece.

You will start at the back of the neck, then pick up stitches from the long side and shape the upper back with short rows.

You will first work the right, then the left front piece from stitches picked up on the back piece and work increases for the V neckline.

You will then join all parts under the arms and shape the sleeves and the neckline with decreases and increases.

The body is finished with an I-cord bind-off.

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XS (32/34) S (36/38) M (40/42) L (44/46) XL (48/50) 2XL (52/54)
All numbers in the schematics (Appendix 1) and in the pattern refer to sizes XS (S) M (L) XL (2XL)
To fit actual bust measurement of 76-81 (82-89) 90-97 (98-107) 108-119 (120-131) cm

All instructions throughout the pattern written for sizes XS (S) M (L) XL (2XL)


Bust circumference measured under the armholes: 100 (107) 116 (126) 136 (146) cm

Positive ease: 22 (21) 22 (23,5) 23 (21) cm

Chest width: 50 (53,5) 58 (63) 68 (73) cm

Armhole depth: 19,5 (20,5) 21,5 (22,5) 24,5 (26) cm

Total length at the back (from the shoulder down): 56,5 (57,5) 58,5 (59,5) 61,5 (63) cm

Neckline depth: 42 (44) 44 (46,5) 48,5 (50,5) cm


The model in the picture measures 164 cm and is wearing size XS (Model 1 in Dusty pink) for a bust circumference of 85 cm.


Basic pattern: Stocking St (knit on the right side, purl on the wrong side), knit all stitches when working in the round.

Tip: Since I purl more loosely than I knit, I use a needle half a size smaller for the purl rows for an even and consistent stitch structure.

10 x 10 cm = 14 stitches x 19 rows

with the yarn held double on a 6.5 mm needle on the RS and a 6 mm needle on the WS, or needle size that will give you the correct knitting gauge in Stocking St. If you are a loose knitter, consider using needles 1 or half a size smaller.


”Silkhair” by Lana Grossa (70% mohair (superkid), 30% silk approx. 210 m/25 g)

Model 1 in “Dusky pink” 174, model 2 in “Yellow” 158

125 (125-150) 150 (150-175) 175-200 (200) g


(1) Any mohair-silk blend that has a similar meterage (appr. 210 m/25 g).
(2) Brigitte No. 3 by Lana Grossa (40 % Mohair, 37 % Wool, 23 % Polyamide), appr. 100 m/25 g), 1 strand (0,25 g/m)
(3) Manada by Pascuali (45% Superkid mohair, 25% mulberry silk, 15% virgin wool (organic merino), 15% yak wool, 200 m/25 g), 2 strands (0,25 g/m)
Yarn without mohair:
(4) Midnatssol by Camarose (54 % Alpaca, 36 % Tencel, 10 % Wool, 200m/25g), 2 strands (0,25 g/m)
(5) SetaSuri by Lana Grossa (69% Suri Alpaca, 31% Silk, ca. 212 m/25 g) 2 strands (0,24 g/m)


  • Interchangeable 5 mm, 6 mm, and 6.5 mm circular knitting needles, with an 80 to 100 cm long cord (depending on size)
  • An additional 40 to 50 cm cable for the 5 mm needle, to pick up stitches from the long side of the neck band and for holding the stitches from the temporary cast-on


  • 6 stitch markers for a large needle (6.5 mm)
  • Contrasting yarn of a similar weight for the temporary cast-on
  • Scrap yarn or extra needles to leave stitches on hold, measuring tape, tapestry needle (blunt) and sewing needle (sharp), scissors.


  • Provisional stitch cast-on with a crochet hook
  • Wrap & Turn short rows (or alternatively German Short Rows)
  • Knit and purl stitches, increases to the left and to the right
  • Decreases to the left and to the right, on the RS and the WS
  • I-Cord bind-off

Links to videos and tips: www.lotilda.de/mika-summer-cardigan-links

TIP: If you are not familiar with any of the techniques used here, practice on a small piece of knitting, which saves you from annoying unravelling the model.