Interweave Knits and knit.wear editor Meghan Babin sent me an invitation to submit to their new special collection for knit.wear, called Wool Studio 2016, back in March. I was delighted to have this extra opportunity to submit. The result: “Wool Studio is a digital lookbook featuring clean, accessible knitwear designs for every woman.” We are 9 contributing designers, and it is an impressive list: Norah Gaughan, Bristol Ivy, Kate Gagnon Osborn, Sarah Salamon, Amanda Scheuzger, Mary Anne Benedetto, Amanda Bell, Emma Welford and myself. On the stunning cover is Truro Pullover by Amanda Scheuzger. My submission was accepted and here it is, beautifully captured by Harper Point Photography; the Brewster Cardigan.
Here is the introduction to the cardigan from the webzine: “Alluring cables and a draped loop cowl create the unusual but captivating silhouette of the Brewster Cardigan. The generous loop cowl can double as pockets, or the extension can be omitted entirely! Either way, the stunning cables and comfortable fit will make this cardigan a favorite for years to come.”
The Brewster Cardigan is knitted in Valley Yarns Northfield using a 4 mm/US 6 with a gauge of 22 stitches and 30 rows measuring 10 cm/4″ square. The lush yarn is a mixture made of 70% merino wool, 20% baby alpaca, 10% silk with 113 meters/124 yards on each 50 gram ball, and has a divine stitch definition.
The cardigan is worked back and forth in one piece to the armholes, and then the fronts and back are worked separately. The sleeves are worked in the round, with the sleeve cap worked flat. The loop collar is made in two pieces and joined using a three-needle bind off. There are no cables on the fronts, since the wide loop collar is made of the several cable repeats with garter edges and attached along each front with the extra loop hanging loose. In these photos you see the loop collar hanging around the neck once, but it is also possible to hang it twice hence pull the cardigan together or cross the loop at the front for a different look. I will show you these options in the photos my husband took of me in a later blogpost.
The sample shown is the third of six sizes and it measures 101.5 cm/40″ around the bust and is modelled with 6″ of positive ease. The smallest size measures 89 cm/35″ and the largest measures 136 cm/53.5″. If you do not like the loop collar you could easily just make it long enough to fit along the opening. Do take a look at the clean and crisp collection that Wool Studio 2016 is. I am so proud to be part of it! Thank you Interweave!