A tailored cardigan with a bit of retro flair.
Length: 21.5 [22.25, 22.75, 23, 23.75, 24, 24.25, 24.5, 24.75, 25] inches
Featured Materials: Valley Yarns Sheffield [70% merino wool, 15% silk, 15% angora; 120yd/110m per 50g skein]; color: #04 Lake; 7[8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14] skeins
Gauge: 18 sts and 26 rows = 4’’ / 10 cm in Stockinette st, blocked. Recommended needle size of US 8.
Pattern Notes: Photos copyright Splityarn and used with permission.
In my design life, I create sweaters for many different figures and moods. This spring, I knew I wanted to design something just for me. I love a sweater that makes me feel curvy, sexy, and just a touch retro. Vignette, knit in the ultimate “sweater girl” yarn, fits the bill.
Constructed in pieces and then seamed for structure, Vignette is a soft and stylish cardigan with a plunging V neckline and vintage details. The three-quarter-length sleeves are decorated with a collection of miniature lace panels splaying out diagonally; the same lace panels decorate the front of the cardigan with the waist decreases worked inline.
The hems are begun by knitting a band of 1×1 rib, turning a mitred corner, and then picking up the main body stitches from the side of the ribbing; the cardigan is knit in pieces from the ribbed pieces up and then seamed. The front button-bands are knit inline with the cardigan fronts and then extended past the shoulder bind-offs; they are sewn into the back neckline of the completed sweater.
These details may seem a little fiddly, but just take it slowly and you’ll have a wardrobe staple for years to come.
Valley Yarns Sheffield is a perfect match for this project. The combination of merino and silk give a smooth, soft hand and the touch of angora provides a beautiful halo to the finished piece. You won’t be able to stop petting your sweater! If you should desire to use an alternate yarn, please make sure it is not excessively drapey at the specified gauge.
Vignette is available in the Deep Fall 2011 issue of Knitty.