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Discovering the Full Cardigan and Half Cardigan Knitting: Unveiling the Intricacies of Machine Knitting Techniques

This time, I would like to introduce you to the world of “Full Cardigan” and “Half Cardigan” knitting.

In fact, the way of knitting differs depending on the use of the machine for both methods.

I would be delighted if you could get to know the profound world of Full Cardigan and Half Cardigan.

Structure of Full Cardigan and Half Cardigan Knitting

I will explain the knitting method for Full Cardigan and Half Cardigan with knitting diagrams.

“Cardigan” is a knitted fabric with thickness created by regularly inserting tuck stitches into a rib pattern.

Tuck stitches are also known as “upward stitches.” With one movement of the knitting needle, you create stitches by just hooking in front of the knitting, and on the next course, you knit the previously hooked stitches together.

The machine knitting structure is as follows

Half Cardigan:

As shown, using a 1×1 rib needle arrangement, the first course is knit in 1×1 rib, and the second course has either the front or back side as tuck stitches, while the opposite side remains knit stitches.

*Note: The diagram depicts the front side as tuck stitches.

Full Cardigan:

Can you see the difference from Half Cardigan? In the first course, there are also tuck stitches, and in the second course, tuck stitches are placed on the opposite side.

As a result, both sides have the same appearance, and because there are more tuck stitches, it creates more thickness compared to Half Cardigan.

Another Overlooked Way of Knitting

In fact, there are two knitting methods in cardigan stitches.

  1. Using all the needles.
  2. Skipping one needle at a time.

The knitting method I explained earlier is No.1. When shown in a knitting diagram and swatch, it looks like this:

  1. Using all the needles

Diagram showing all the needles in use

  1. Skipping one needle at a time

Diagram showing every other needle skipped

The difference between these two is evident, with No.1 creating densely knit stitches, while No.2 results in larger stitches.


The appearance of full cardigan and half cardigan knitting changes depending on how the machine’s needles are used. I would be delighted if you could enjoy the depth of knitting!



Joined the MONTELUCE team in 2017, working as an international yarn coordinator and specialist. Coordinating the oversea sales to help put MONTELUCE yarn world-wide while rewarding to make connections with customers and support their creations. A knitter myself, always enjoying to create innovative yarns and fabrics. In my spare time, I love reading books about hand crafts, spending time in nature and camping.