There was snow coming down on my crocuses this morning, so I decided that today was a perfect day to release the pattern for one of my #wintersweaterkal sweaters: Hidden Ridge.
Hidden Ridge is a cozy, luscious cowl with a super-subtle cable set into the front. For winter, I absolutely love it in Rowan’s Fazed Tweed, a warm-and-snuggly tube construction yarn made from a mix of wool and alpaca. (In fact, it was so cold the day we had the photoshoot for this sweater, and the sweater is so cozy, that my friend Beth refused to take it off when we were done, and it has lived with her ever since!)
But this style works equally well in warmer-weather yarns for spring and summer, too. (I’ve personally got my eye on one version out of Creative Linen, and another, A-line version out of Chaingeleing.)
Hidden Ridge is built right into CustomFit, so your own Hidden Ridge pattern will be made to your choice of gauge and size. (I recommend using at least a worsted-weight yarn to preserve the look of the cable.) It uses CustomFit’s “hourglass” silhouette, with waist shaping on the back of the sweater only for a relaxed look.
Hidden Ridge also marks a new kind of pattern for me – it’s the first in a line of intermediate-level CustomFit patterns. So if you’re new to CustomFit, don’t make this sweater your first!
Here’s why: Because every CustomFit pattern has a different stitch count, you will need to do some basic stitch pattern placement, on your own, to ensure the ribbing lines up correctly with the cable. In addition, the cable itself will have a slightly smaller gauge than Stockinette, and there is no adjustment made to the front to account for this.
In a relaxed fit sweater, like the one shown here on Beth, this difference is not noticeable. But should you choose a closer fit, you may want to adjust the stitch count of the front to compensate. (I recommend adding 6 stitches to the count for the front, removing them in your initial neck bind-offs.) Once you’ve got the hang of CustomFit, neither of these things is a very big deal – but they definitely qualify this pattern as intermediate level rather than appropriate for a first sweater.
Wherever you are in your sweater journey, I hope you absolutely adore Hidden Ridge! I’m already plotting one (or three) of my own, and I can’t wait to see what you do with it, too.
Until next time, happy knitting!