Pattern on Ravelry: Cardelina Sweater
Designer: Pauline Walter
Photographer: Sarah Jeanine Waber
Sizes Included: Five sizes (S, M, L, XL, XXL).
About the Pattern: Sometime you wish something strongly. The other day I wished a pink pullover with cables and turtle neck. So I designed Cardelina. It is, really, a comfy sweater, with a good classic length, reasonable ease (10-12 cm), long sleeves, armholes large enough to host another piece underneath, a nice turtleneck and a so lovely cable pattern, front and back. I just like it! And I hope you will like it too…
It is worked in the round from bottom to top until the armholes. Then front and back are worked separately and rejoined at the shoulders by a three needle bind off. Stitches are picked up at the armholes and sleeves worked in round to the wrist. Nothing complicated but an intuitive cable pattern to entertain you.
Last Note: All my sweater patterns are names after birds. This one is a little passerine bird with a red or pink head, rather common in the new world and so sweet. Its real name is Cardellina rubrifrons (the red-faced warbler). It looks so sweet that I dedicate my pink pullover to him (dropping one L of its name for simplicity!)
Pattern on Ravelry: Sashiko
Designer: Bristol Ivy
Photographer: Thea Colman
Sizes Included:32 1/4 (38 1/4, 41 1/4, 45 1/4, 49 1/4, 53 1/4, 56 1/4, 60 1/4)” (86.5 (97, 104.5, 114.5, 125, 135, 142.5, 152.5) cm) finished bust circumference
About the Pattern: A non-traditional construction whose simple lines mimic the gentle lines of sashiko stitching on an exceedingly wearable shape.
Last Note: This sweater is all about friendship for me–the same friends that gave me the yarn and encouraged me were there for the photoshoot, three years later!
Pattern on Ravelry: Old Harry
Designer: Kat Riddell
Sizes Included: 33 (36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51, 54, 57, 60, 63, 66)in/84 (91.5, 99, 106.5, 114.5, 122, 129.5, 137, 145, 152.5, 160, 168)cm at bust, to be worn with 2-6in/5-15cm of negative ease
About the Pattern: Old Harry is worked seamlessly from the top down. The upper back is knit first, then placed on hold while stitches are picked up at the shoulders to knit the front. The body is joined at the underarms and knit in the round with waist shaping. Sleeve stitches are picked up from the body and sleeve caps are shaped using short rows.
Featuring a slightly cropped body and bracelet-length sleeves, Old Harry has a ribbed yoke and sleeve caps to provide textural interest and an opportunity for color blocking, and the pullover is finished with an i-cord collar.
Last Note: I didn’t have a strong source of inspiration for this pattern, so I had a lot of trouble coming up with a good name for it. After a while I realized the ribbed yoke reminded me a bit of cliff and sea rock formations. The Old Harry Rocks are three chalk formations off the southern coast of England that were formed as the chalk seam between Purbeck and the Isle of Wight eroded away.
Pattern on Ravelry: La Peregrina
Designer: Stephanie Earp
Photographer: Dianna Walla
Sizes Included: 7 Women’s Sizes: 32/36/40/44/48/52/56” at bust
About the Pattern: When Monica, the dyer behind Yarn Experiments, reached out to me to offer me yarn support for a future design, I wanted to do more than just take the yarn and run. I chatted with her about her goals for her business, and the designs she liked best. And then I pitched her a complicated cardigan with lapels. Thankfully, when the yarn was on the needles, it became obvious my idea was all wrong. I started playing with increases I remembered from Estonian lace (or mis-remembered – my star stitch here doesn’t seem to actually exist in that tradition) and this lace yoke was born.
Last Note: My working title for this design was ‘Tellement Cute’, an expression I heard a lot while I was knitting it at a family cottage in Quebec. I still think it’s a great name for a pattern, but La Peregrina (a famous pearl owned by royalty and Elizabeth Taylor) was the perfect name for a pattern that calls for many purls. (Though I do include a tutorial on switching to knitting inside out after the yoke is complete.)
Pattern Name on Ravelry: Elsa on the Beach
Designer: Mary Annarella
Sizes Included: 32(35, 38, 41, 44, 47, 49)” bust
About the Pattern: This Elsa is a great transition piece with an easy fit, and top-down construction that looks terrific on the beach or with a camisole and pants for fall wear. It features a dropped-saddle-shoulder with a modern lace pattern running down the sleeves and center front. Subtle shaping along a diagonal results in slimming lines and a slight high-low hem that’s fashion forward without looking like it rides up.
Make it in a heavy lace for a light fabric with lots of drape, or in a true fingering weight for a firmer fabric. Directions for both a hip-length, 3/4 sleeved pullover as well as a cropped, short sleeved version are included in the pattern. The lace and faux-cable patterns are both charted and written out.
The pullover is designed to be worn with 1-3” of positive ease at the bust. Short rows shape the shoulders so that they angle downward (no dreaded “wings” at the shoulders!) and reduce bulk at the underarms. Slim sleeves keep the look modern and sleek.
Last Note: The pattern is named for the colorway of yarn I used- Wollmeise Lace-Garn in “Elsa”. I didn’t want to work out winter-wear for laceweight yarn, so I created a design that Elsa (yep, Frozen Elsa) would wear in some alternate reality where she heads to the beach because the cold really does bother her anyway.
Pattern on Ravelry: Populuxe
Designer: Andi Satterlund
Sizes Included: XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X)
About the Pattern: Populuxe is based on one of those good ideas that was hiding for ages in my sketchbook, waiting for the right moment. Inspired by midcentury sunburst clocks and mirrors, Populuxe features its own version of the sunburst motif made up out of eyelets, slipped stitches, and mini cables. The sunbursts decorate the back and fronts of this seamless cardigan. It’s worked from the top down, starting with the body. Stitches are picked up around the armhole and shaped using short rows to create seamless set-in sleeves. As well as featuring my favorite construction method, Populuxe also shows off my favorite shape for a cardigan: fitted and cropped with 3/4-length sleeves. The final look is both fresh and retro.
Last Note: I don’t usually have very concept-focused design inspiration, so I can do whatever pops into my head for the pattern styling and photography without considering how it all ties together. This led to a set of photos that were so far from my design inspiration that the description looked silly sitting on the same page. I had to do a reshoot, and I’m happy I did because I had a lot of fun styling it and successfully captured the right mood.
Pattern on Ravelry: Lauha
Designer: Anna Johanna
Sizes Included: XXS-XS-S (M1-M2-L1) L2-XL-XXL
About the Pattern: Lauha is a classic Henley sweater with romantic lace trimmings. Pour yourself a cup of tea and sit on the windowsill dreaming of times past. The sleeves are a fun hybrid of saddle shoulders and raglan sleeves. And the cuffs and hem feature a few rows of garter stitch with a picot bind off in addition to the contrast color lace trimmings.
Last Note: I often get told by fellow knitters that I have a very romantic style. I usually don’t see it that much myself, but with this one, it’s loud and clear.
Pattern on Ravelry: Lilium
Designer: Megan Nodecker
Sizes Included: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X); 30.5 (34.25, 38, 43, 46.5, 50.25, 54, 57.75, 61.25)” finished bust measurement
About the Pattern: This top-down tee uses fingering weight merino/silk yarn to create an easy, everyday garment. Knit in the round, Lilium combines multiple techniques, some you may know and some you may not! (But don’t worry, everything’s explained in the pattern and there’s links to video tutorials as well!)
Last Note: When my sister and I walked down to the beach to do the photography for this top, it was hot out, but the sky was only slightly overcast. Five minutes in, it started to pour rain, thunder and lightning. We did the photos as quick as we could but by the end we were both soaked to the bone! As were the 3 month old, 2 toddlers and 1 husband we brought with us.
Pattern on Ravelry: Floozy
Designer: Libby Jonson (Truly Myrtle)
Sizes Included: Bust circ. closed and buttoned: 32.5 (36, 40.25, 43.75, 48) (52, 56.25, 59.75)“ /81.5 (90, 100.5, 109.5, 120) (130, 140.5, 149.5) cm
About the Pattern: This one has been a long time in the planning and the making and I’m so excited and relieved to finally be showing her off to you! There are lots of things to love about Floozy. Floozy is the cardigan for dancing, dreaming and feeling fabulous. She’s bold, she’s beautiful, she’s fantastic over dresses and skirts and wonderful teamed with boots and trousers. Plus, she’s worked from the top down so you can try her on as you go. The colourwork is a breeze! It’s all slipped stitches so you only ever work one colour per row. Work back and forth to create the striking yoke and then ease into soothing stocking stitch for the body and sleeves.
Last Note: She includes a bunch of sizes and options so you can make her fit like a dream. Have fun deciding whether to make a fitted version like my beautifully dreamy pink cardy or relaxed fit with get up and go like my punchy gold one. Fancy long sleeves? No problem, instructions included. A shorter body? That’s included too.
Pattern on Ravelry: Girona Top
Designer: Gina Baglia (Inorgaknit Designs)
Photographer: Alyse Liang
Sizes Included: S (M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL) [34 (38, 42, 46, 50, 54)”]
About the Pattern: This color-blocked summer top is knit bottom-up in two pieces, then seamed together at the sides. The shoulders are connected by a 3-needle bind off, and it contains a lace edging on either the back or front (depending on how it’s worn!). It’s reversible!
Last Note: The pattern is named after the city in Catalunya (Spain). My husband is from a little town outside of the city and we visit at least once a year. It’s gorgeous and totally underrated!