Introducing my latest pattern: the Cadet Cropped Cardigan!
This stylish little cardi is my first sweater design project, so I am especially pleased that it has been released into the world. The pattern is available through your local yarn store as part of Plymouth Yarn’s new fall pattern line: ask for Pamphlet #2325. Photo credit for the modeled shots in this post all go to Plymouth Yarns — thank you for letting me blog with these awesome pix!
Pattern: Cadet Cropped Cardigan
Designer: Rachel Henry (that’s me!)
Available: in Pamphlet #2325 at your local yarn shop
Yarn: Plymouth Yarns Worsted Merino Superwash Solids
Inspiration: This is one of the first projects I did after deciding to carry around a small sketchpad, everywhere. I saw a commercial on TV for an adorable fabric jacket that I thought would translate well to knitwear, and starting drawing little ideas madly. That’s as far as it went, until one of the designers at Plymouth (for whom I had been doing a lot of sample knitting) asked if I had any designs that might suit their fall line. I worked up a proposal and it was accepted — I was thrilled!
Design/Skills Needed: This cardi is worked flat, in pieces. The all-over diagonal lines are formed by knits and purls; the vertical lines on the front, center back, and sleeves are right twists and left twists. The sleeves begin wide deep turned-hem cuffs, and have set-in sleeve caps. The center plackets are worked from picked-up stitches and are also deep turned hems. The cardi is finished with i-cord at the neck and bottom edge. The button loops and faux epaulets are also made with i-cord, then sewn in place. It’s worth noting that there is a lot of “finishing” work on this cardi — some of my test knitters found it a bit daunting to complete the basic pieces, and then still have so much work to do.
Speaking of test knitters … check out this AWESOME use of the Cadet Cropped Cardi as part of a steampunk costume!
I would be delighted to answer any questions or help any knitters working on this project.