A tailored pullover for fall with cloverleaf motifs.
Final Measurements: Bust sizes measure: 30 (32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 46, 50, 54)”/76 (81, 86, 91, 97, 102, 107, 117, 127, 137)cm
Length from hem to shoulder: 22 (23¼, 23¾, 24, 24¾, 25, 25½, 25½, 25½)”/56 (59, 60.5, 61, 63, 63.5, 64, 65, 65, 65) cm
Featured Materials: Quince and Co. Osprey (170 yds/155 m per 100g hank). Shown in color Frank’s Plum, 5 (6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10) hanks or approximately 834 (943, 1020, 1078, 1164, 1233, 1308, 1433, 1530, 1661) yds/760 (860, 930, 983, 1061,1124, 1193, 1307, 1395, 1514) m in an alternate yarn.
Gauge: 16 stitches and 24 rows = 4”/10 cm in stockinette stitch, blocked. Recommended needle size of US 9.
Pattern Notes: All photographs copyright splityarn 2011 and used with permission. Technical editing by Elizabeth Sullivan.
Seamair is the perfect fall cardigan with a gentle V-neckline and cloverleaf lace panels, and is knit in pieces from the bottom up and then seamed together. The hems are edged with deep 1×1 twisted ribbing, and the plackets are trimmed with applied i-cord in a way that allows for last-minute button placement. Simply block the cardigan pieces, sew them together, put the cardigan on, and mark the button placement with safety pin-style stitch markers. Then, when working the applied i-cord, just detach it for a few rows to work the buttonholes. Sew the buttons to the inside of the placket for a clean, trim look. The cloverleaf cable panels continue on the back of the sweater, with the waist shaping occurring between the panels to enhance the hourglass look.
With the most minor of alterations, Seamair can flatter a wide variety of body types. As written, the combination of the V neckline and twisted rib on the hem make Seamair a balanced sweater good for proportional and top-heavy shapes. Minimizing the twisted rib on the bottom of the sweater (or changing it to a faced hem), in addition to shortening the body, will make Seamair a great choice for bottom-heavy shapes. The buttons are not added until after the whole sweater is seamed together, so that you can tweak their placement to your heart’s content.
Vertical darts allow for extremely flexible shaping, customized to fit your body. Should you desire less waist shaping than specified, you can either omit the shaping rows entirely, or omit only the shaping on the front of the sweater. Omitting only the front shaping (or using a smaller amount of shaping on the front) can provide a very nice fit on the small of the back without stretching the sweater too tight in the waist. Bustier women can accommodate their needs by performing more increases on the front of the sweater, and not in the back. The extra stitches increased can be decreased into the armpit or neckline.
The diagonal cloverleaf motif on the sleeves draws attention up to the hips/waist area without sacrificing warmth. Feel free to extend the cloverleaf or ribbing sections to draw attention up even further if desired.
I can’t say enough good things about Quince and Co.’s Osprey yarn. It is a wonderful and springy aran-weight wool with an absolutely beautiful twist. It comes in gorgeous shades and shows off the twisted rib and cloverleaf decorative details beautifully. If you want to substitute, any aran weight yarn will work. To keep the original feel of the design choose a 100% wool that has good memory and loft. Other fibers will add their own characteristics to the design. Do choose a yarn that will block, however, or your cable panels and twisted rib will pull in.