Lisbon Cardigan Digital Sewing Pattern (PDF)

(39 customer reviews)


The Lisbon Cardigan is your everyday essential. Perfect for layering, you can wear the Lisbon Cardigan over a blouse, a T-shirt or a dress. Keep one in your carry-all purse so you will never again feel chilly in air-conditioned offices, restaurants and movie theaters. With two sleeve options and two length options, you can customize the cardigan based on your preference.

Lisbon Cardigan Features:

  • Regular and cropped bodice options
  • 3/4 and long sleeve length options
  • Buttoned front
  • Layers feature (print only the sizes you need)

Skill Level: Beginner+

Sizes: 00 – 20 (See “Size Chart” tab below for detailed measurements)

Don’t want to print and tape paper together? The Lisbon Cardigan pattern now includes an additional large format file (size A0 paper) that you can send to your print shop to print!

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Additional information


00 to 20

Cup sizes


Skill level


Knit or woven



Digital download


A0, A4 / US Letter



Seam allowances



Primary Fabric Use light-weight knit fabric with at least 50% stretch. If your knit fabric has more or less stretch, you may need to use a smaller or larger size. Jersey, sweater knit and double knit are great choices. A lace that does not tear easily can be used for the Front panels, as shown in the sample garment. Crochet lace is a good choice.

Interfacing Use light-weight knit or tricot fusible interfacing.

Other Material

  • Six (6) 5/8" (1.6 cm) buttons for the cropped length
  • Seven (7) 5/8" (1.6 cm) buttons for the regular length
  • 6" (15 cm) of 3/8" or 1/2" (1 cm or 1.25 cm)-wide straight fusible stay tape (or you may cut your own using light-weight woven fusible interfacing on the straight grain)

Fabric Requirements

Most natural fibers shrink in the wash; be sure to have enough fabric. The requirements below assume that the fabric is already pre-shrunk.


Lisbon Cardigan PDF Sewing Pattern Fabric Requirements Imperial


Lisbon Cardigan PDF Sewing Pattern Fabric Requirements Metric 

39 reviews for Lisbon Cardigan Digital Sewing Pattern (PDF)

  1. Eugenie

    The installation of the button bands can reveal stitching that should be hidden for a really polished finish.

  2. Janice

    Very nice.

  3. Chloe

    Brilliant pattern, easy to follow. I used quite a firm fabric which has made up into more of a jacket than cardigan so its quite smart.Got my inspiration from another sewer featured on the Minerva website. Even chose the same fabric!
    Quite sure I’ll make more of these.

  4. Sue

    Made it Mum and she loved it, easy to sew.

  5. DeEtta

    This pattern was very easy to sew. I’ve made two of the cropped version and plan on a couple more of the regular length. It’s a great addition to my wardrobe.

  6. Anna

    It’s an easy garment to sew up and fits like a glove. I did not need to make any adjustments at all. Love it!

  7. Dean

    This is fabulous! Looks great with my new skirt

  8. Ann

    Can’t wait to make this in the cropped length!

  9. Anonymous

    I graded 3 sizes from shoulder to hips, shortened sleeves and will narrow the sleeve from elbow to wrist, added 2 ” in length. The pattern was great fitting, and instructions easy to follow. I love my new sweater knit cardigan and planning the next. Unfortunately my sewing machine hate making button holes on knit so I have to plan differently.

  10. maryanne

    Love the Lisbon Cardigan. Have made 2 so far and plan to make another soon. Pattern instructions were clear and easy to follow. Thank you.

  11. Nancy

    Love this pattern, great instructions and easy to put together

  12. Mary

    Lovely cardi. Great instructions. Full size range. What
    more could I want. ❤️💕

  13. Anonymous

    J’adore vos patrons, ils sont faciles à faire.

  14. Simone

    Such a great versatile pattern! A total wardrobe staple and building block. So far I made 2 in cotton jersey, and one in a wool knit fabric, which was itchy so I tried lining it with stretch lining (by doubling the main pattern pieces) worked like a charm!
    I love that I can make some summery 3/4 length sleeves, or perhaps use lace like shown in the pattern pics. This is easy one of the most useful patterns I own! Yes, i love making pretty dresses, but this just goes with everything and it’s great!
    Love that the actual instructions are concise and to the point, and therefore not overly long. There is a bunch of useful and helpful info before the sewing steps, but the seeing steps are lined out clean and without extra wording or filler. Totally love that too!
    If you are still debaying, I am gonna say, yes, yes, you do need this pattern!

  15. Jennifer

    I am obsessed with button up cardigans and this pattern is my unicorn! It’s a very easy sew! The instructions are quite clear and easy to follow. It’s flattering and easy to play with color blocking and patterns for unique looks. I’m so thrilled!

  16. Cynthia

    It came quickly and you helped me find out how to print it.

  17. Annika

    The instructions and tips are excellent. I’ve only made a muslin so far but it’s fits perfectly.

  18. Donna

    Great pattern the fit is perfect.

  19. Liz

    so handy. a great wardrobe staple

  20. Anonymous

    The perfect wardrobe builder. This versatile cardigan can be dressy or casual. The shorter length is the perfect dress sweater. The bands lay flat which is a big plus to making this cardigan look polished.

  21. Bee

    Really good instructions and the pattern was perfect. End result was delightful ❤️

  22. Linda

    so easy to wear!

  23. amy

    Great addition to any wardrobe!

  24. Carol

    I love the comprehensive directions

  25. Anonymous

    Classic and easy to sew

  26. kim.laverze

    I’m in love with this cardigan! It’s amazing, the normal length to wear with pants, the short length to wear over a dress.
    Just made my first one. The fit is perfect! It’s figure flattering, and with the good instructions it’s easy to make.
    I’m sure I’ll make a whole bunch of these cardigans. A matching one for each dress 😜 or blouse.
    Thank you, I’ve finally found a cardigan pattern that suits me

  27. Caroline

    Great fit, easy instructions

  28. perfect knit project for fall and spring layering

  29. Anonymous

    Awesome pattern!

  30. alison

    love this little cardigan a staple wardrobe item

  31. Anonymous

    I bought it and in two Werks i Made 3 of Thema. I would like, if you would design it with breastdarts for bigger sizes…there is a tiny, tiny pleat at the armholes.

  32. Lia

    I just love this pattern. True to size and easy instructions to follow. I have been looking for a really good cardigan pattern and I am so glad to find the Lisbon Cardigan. I highly recommend the pattern even for beginners.

  33. Bernice

    This cardigan is the perfect length and shape. I love the cardigan I made!

  34. arnika1266

    I love love love this pattern! The instructions are very clear, the pattern is well-drafted and the finished cardigan fits me very well.
    I whipped up my first cardigan yesterday in 4 hours, cutting the fabric included. Considering there is no bust dart and I wear a DD cup bra, I was wondering about the fit beforehand but found that there is no full bust adjustment needed. Same goes for a full bicep adjustment which I usually have to do but skipped with this pattern, there is enough ease.
    Only things I did change was shortening the sleeves (my arms are rather short) and skipping the buttons and the buttonholes in favor of large snaps which I put on a satin ribbon in a matching color, then sewing that ribbon on the button bands.

  35. reinagreen

    I can’t believe that there are not more rave reviews of the Lisbon cardigan pattern. I love it! Made my first one yesterday. Made my second today! I love the fit around the neck and shoulders. It’s a really well drafted pattern with very clear, detailed instructions. I made the regular length with long sleeves. It is the perfect length for me (I’m 5’4″) so if you are taller, you may want to add a little to the length. I shortened the sleeves by 1″ as I don’t like sleeves that go over my hands. I also added an extra button where the bottom band and bodice join as I found that my cardigans gaped a little there. Didn’t have too much trouble with the buttonholes, though I did sew them first before sewing the band onto the cardigan as a “just-in-case” measure. Excellent pattern! Any chance there could be an add on for a V-neck version????

  36. verona

    Made 2 so far and will make more. Great pattern to do a quick cardigan to go with other makes. So pleased with it

  37. cyberanna

    A must have! I had fun assembling mine. The instructions are very well done. The whole process took me one afternoon from beginning to end (cutting included). I will make again for sure, it has endless possibilities and the finished product looks great.
    Only difficult part was to sew nice buttonholes in knit. I have found some useful tutorials online to ace it next time with tear away embroidery film.

  38. theruffledstitch

    This pattern is a must have! It is the perfect addition to any pattern stash. I know I will be making this on repeat! The
    pattern itself is also very detailed making this a easy sew!

  39. teresaschwarz

    I helped test Lisbon and it is a great wardrobe staple that sews up quickly and beautifully! The ease makes it comfortable, but it has enough fit to look sleek and stylish for work. I’m going to be using this pattern again and again as it goes with anything and has so many options for seasonal & occasion variation! I highly recommend this pattern!

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Body Measurements
00 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20
Bust 3118
Waist 2538
Hip 3318

How to choose your size

  1. Compare your bust circumference (fullest part) to the “Body Measurements” table, choose the size that best fits your bust. If you are between sizes, choose the smaller size if you like your garment more fitted; otherwise, choose the bigger size.
  2. Compare your waist circumference (narrowest part) to the “Body Measurements” table. Choose the size that best fits your waist. If you are between sizes, choose the smaller size if you like your garment more fitted; otherwise, choose the bigger size.
  3. Compare your hip circumference (widest part) to the “Body Measurements” table. Choose the size that fits your hip best. If you are between sizes, choose the smaller size if you like your garment more fitted; otherwise, choose the bigger size.
  4. It’s OK to use different sizes for the bust, waist and hip. The instructions for blending sizes are included in the pattern.
  5. If you are taller or shorter than 5’6” (168 cm), you should consider lengthening or shortening the garment. The instructions for lengthening or shortening are included in the pattern.