Rainbow Loopy Cardi - Downloadable Chunky Knitting Pattern

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The KNIT SAFARI Rainbow Loopy Cardi is part magical parrot, part rock ‘n roll, and a whole lot of fun to make and wear. Designed to be big, bold and in your face, but easy enough to customise with different colour choices. Try shades of one colour for a chunky cardigan with an ombré effect, or go for an understated statement in a single tone.

The Rainbow Loopy Cardi is worked seamlessly from the hem to the underarms, to reduce bulk as much as possible. The fronts and back are worked flat, and the sleeves are knitted in the round from the cuff to the shoulder. Instructions and a photo tutorial of the loopy stitch in included in the pattern. The hardest part? Picking the colours!

FIT: The Rainbow Loopy Cardi is an oversized fit. You may wish to knit a smaller size for a closer fit.

The adult model is a UK size 10-12 and is wearing the Rainbow Loopy Cardi in size medium.

SIZES: Adults from XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL (30-60” Bust)

YARN: Knitted in Cygnet Yarns Seriously Chunky yarn (100g; 48m (52 yds), or an equivalent Super Bulky yarn with 5-6 wpi (yarn estimates are approximate.)

Black 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3) balls
Blue 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 6, 6, 6) balls
Light Blue 3 (3, 3, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6) balls
Green 3 (3, 3, 5, 4, 5, 6, 7, 7) balls
Yellow 3 (3, 3, 4, 5, 4, 6, 6, 6) balls
Orange 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 6, 6, 6) balls
Red 3 (3, 3, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7) balls

If you are making your cardigan in one colour only, you will need approximately 16 (17, 18, 21, 23, 26, 29, 32, 33) balls of yarn.

Can't find this yarn near you, or not sure if the yarn in your stash will work? We always recommend that you knit a test swatch to check your gauge before starting out, and finding the right combination of needle size and type and yarn to match the gauge in the pattern.


  • 15mm circular knitting needles, with a cable 100cm long
  • Stitch holders or scrap yarn (optional)
  • 2 stitch markers
  • Yarn sewing needle 


  • Casting on (I like the Long Tail Cast On technique)
  • 1x1 Rib Stitch
  • Loopy Stitch (a photo tutorial is included in the pattern for this stitch)
  • Increasing stitches
  • Knitting flat and in the round
  • Seaming pieces together using an invisible seaming technique
  • Pick up and knit stitches
  • Casting off

DIFFICULTY: Intermediate


Please note: This product is a downloadable knitting pattern. As soon as your payment is processed, you will see the download links to get the PDF pattern you have purchased. Don’t worry if you miss this, you will also receive the download link by email!

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