A comfortable, wearable, every day sort of cardigan.
Buy the full Cushing Isle pattern for $7.00
Buy the Cushing Isle CustomFit recipe for $2.50
Bust measures: 30¼ (32, 33¾, 35¼, 38¾, 40½, 42, 43¾, 45½, 47¼, 50½, 54)”/77 (81.5, 85.5, 90, 98.5, 102.5, 107, 111, 115.5, 120, 128.5, 137) cm
Length from hem to shoulder: 20½ (21¼, 21¾, 22¼, 23, 23½, 24, 24½, 25¼, 25¾, 26, 26½)”/52 (54, 55, 56.5, 58.5, 59.5, 61, 62, 64, 65.5, 66, 67.5) cm
Cormo 1.0 Spirit Trail by Clara Yarn [100% cormo]: 155 yds/142 m per 94 g hank, shown in color Sapphire: 6 (6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10, 11) hanks or approximately 780 (830, 900, 955, 1055, 1110, 1180, 1250, 1330, 1405, 1530, 1670) yds/ 715 (760, 825, 875, 965, 1015, 1080, 1145, 1215, 1285, 1400, 1530) m.
Gauge: 19 sts & 28 rows = 4”/10 cm in stockinette stitch. Recommended needle size of US 7 / 4.5 mm.
Pattern Notes: All photographs copyright Jonathan Herzog 2014. Model: Amy Herzog. Technical editing by Sandi Rosner.
Cushing Isle is a comfortable, relaxed sweater with a touch of elegance. It was created specifically for Cormo 1.0, an incredibly comfortable and fantastic sweater yarn. When this yarn arrived at my house, I knew I wanted to make a sweater out of it that begged to be worn. Not one of those sweaters that you finish and admire for its intricacy and detail, but instead one that you wear every day – for its blend of perfect fit, comfort, and style. I used a Cabled Check pattern on the straight fronts of this sweater, to break up the variegation in the yarn a bit and add some interest. Classic, comfortable 2×2 ribbing trims all of the edges.
It is worked in pieces from the bottom up, and then seamed, with set-in sleeves. The neckline is added after finishing.
Cormo 1.0 was designed to be, and is, the perfect sweater yarn. The fabric is luscious, wearable, soft, and strong. The yarn is springy, has beautiful bloom, and is an all around joy to wear. I can’t imagine wanting to knit this sweater out of anything else, but should you need to substitute, please choose a lovely worsted weight wool with great spring and bloom.
Cushing Isle is incredibly versatile and offers great options for all body types. As written, the neckline and sleeves balance one another out, flattering proportional figures. The textured Cabled Check panel and straight fronts ensure a roomy fit through the tummy. Top-heavy shapes might consider lengthening the sweater; bottom-heavy shapes might consider shortening it or the sleeves slightly.
Vertical darts enable easy customization to fit your needs. Should you desire less waist shaping, as shown, either omit the shaping rows entirely on the front of the sweater. Bustier women can work increases on the front of the sweater, and not in the back. Extra stitches should be decreased into the neckline.
As with all patterns, compare the schematic against your own measurements and make alterations as necessary.
Cushing Isle may be purchased in one of two ways from my ravelry pattern store:
- As a standard pattern for $7.00 (with CustomFit recipe included in addition to standalone pattern instructions). This is a pattern very much like any of my others; it includes complete instructions for all 12 sizes, plus modification advice and a detailed schematic. To purchase the standalone Cushing Isle pattern for $7.00, click here:
- You may also purchase a CustomFit recipe (without standard pattern instructions) for $2.50. CustomFit recipes provide short instructions on using CustomFit to achieve a sweater that looks like Cushing Isle, but in your gauge and for your body. The recipe will tell you:
- Which options to choose to get a sweater shaped like Cushing Isle in the fit and shape as shown above
- Instructions for adjustments to your CustomFit pattern while knitting
Which should you choose? It depends on whether you’re typically comfortable knitting (and modifying) a pattern as written, or whether you’d really like to get instructions that fit you well with no modification required.
Please note: The CustomFit recipe requires the purchase of a CustomFit pattern, for $9.99 to get a complete set of instructions.
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