My grandfather was a postman—a letter carrier, as he called it—though he retired long before my memories of him really start. Even when I was in my teens and twenties, though, he still had bits and pieces of his gear hanging around, including a few sweaters. My mom loved to “borrow” his chunky blue cardigan with the US Postal Service logo on it, though it was many sizes too big.
Mister Postman is my take on the letter carrier cardigan. It’s roomy and cozy, but with a few updated details—a snuggly shawl collar, cutaway front, curved back hem, and garter stitch detailing along the raglan lines, faux side seams and pockets. You’ll be reaching for this perfect lounge cardi whenever there’s a chill in the air!
Part of the Juntos: Knits for Togetherness collection.
Sizes: XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X)
Finished bust measurement: 34 ¾ (38 ¼, 41 ¾, 45 ¼, 49 ¾, 53 ¾)”/ 87 (95.5, 104.5, 113, 124.5, 134.5) cm
Sample shown in size S/38 ¼, with approx. 4” +ease.
Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4”/10 cm in st st on larger needles
Yarn: Knit Picks City Tweed Aran, 55% Merino wool, 25% superfine alpaca, 20% Donegal tweed (164 yd/100g)/150 m/4 oz: 7 (8, 8, 9, 10, 11) balls in Snowshoe.
Or approx. 1100 (1175, 1300, 1475, 1650, 1800) yd / 975 (1050, 1190, 1350, 1510, 1650) m Aran weight wool or wool blend yarn.
Needles: US 8/5 mm 24”/60 cm+ circular needle, or size to obtain gauge
Spare US 8/5 mm needles (straight or a short circular will work best), or size to obtain gauge
US 7/4.5 mm 24”/60 cm+ circular needle, or 1 size smaller than gauge needle
US 8/5 mm DPNs or long needle for magic loop, or size to obtain gauge
US 7/4.5 mm DPNs or long needle for magic loop, or 1 size smaller than gauge needle
scrap yarn or stitch holders