I must admit- I loved designing and knitting this cardigan.

The name “Fields of Spring Cardigan” suits this project perfectly. I would like to think if Monet were a knitter, he would knit up a lavender field just like this one.

Fields of Spring Cardigan is not the simplest project to undertake; but it is definitely worth taking on. The construction is in four parts:

  1. Lower body and sleeves are separately knitted from side to side in a fairly easy Chevron pattern.
  2. These pieces are seamed and joined together by picking up stitches and knitting up the yoke in an eyelet pattern.
  3. The unique and easy “Afterthought Picot Edging” is worked across the edges.
  4. The curvy front edges are finished by picking up stitches and binding them off on the same row.
The pattern is written for Girl’s sizes 2 through 8. The sample is knitted in beautiful Cascade Yarns Sierra, worsted weight, 80% pima cotton/20% wool which is available in variegated shades as well as solids. I highly recommend this yarn for warmer weather knits as it comes in gorgeous color combinations, has a good drape and the little bit of wool provides a bit of elasticity and nice drape.
The pattern is published in the March issue of the Creative Knitting Magazine which is currently available at the newsstands. There is also a separate article titled, “Afterthought Picot”1 in the same issue. This highly versatile and customizable finishing technique is the edging used in Fields of Spring Cardigan. You can also visit the post regarding this design in ravelry and “heart” it if you love it.
1: Afterthought Picot (Last Minute Picot)-Read the step by step picture tutorial for this technique here.

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4 Comments for this entry

  • Linda says:

    I have knitted the sleeves and chevron lower part. Cannot understand now how to pick up the 37stitches between the 1st and 2nd markers. Are those picked up from the sleeves or from the main body of the sweater. Also, do I sew the underarm sleeve seam first? If so, I place the markers 1″ from each edge but the sleeve is a “tube” so the edge is a “folded” edge- correct?

    • livingamused says:

      Hi Linda,

      You can either seam the sleeves first and then join sleeves and lower body or do this afterward. It really depends on your comfort zone. If working around tight corners bother you, then do the seaming at the end. Just allow for seaming when picking up stitches to join sleeves and lower body.
      As far as picking up stitches, you will find tons of tutorials on the internet (including YouTube) explaining/demonstrating this technique. It is really not very difficult. You will be picking up the stitches as outlined in the pattern starting with the right front side ( hold the cardigan in front of you with right side of the work -not wrong side- facing you) and moving along to pick up stitches from one of the sleeves at the seam edge (this is the seam that would meet the underarm). After you finish picking up required sts from the right sleeve, you are then continuing the same way, picking up stitches for the back, left sleeve and finally the left front. This will join all your pieces together. In other words, from now on every row you knit would cover the two fronts, the back and the sleeves. As mentioned in the pattern, you would do this using a long enough cable needle for your project. You are placing pins to mark where the sleeves join the lower body. So when following the steps to place the pin imagine you are attaching the sleeves to the body while your cardigan has an off-centered front opening. You need to leave the armhole space to join with underarm of the body later and that is the reason you are placing the 2nd and 3rd pins as well as the 3rd and 4th pins. You are not picking up the sts in between these pins; rather you are picking up 33(….) sts each from the two sleeves you knitted separately. You will finish the armhole/underarm space created by placing the above pins at the end by sewing the sleeve to underarm of the body for each side (see Finishing). If you look carefully at the cardigan picture; you may understand this technique better.
      Also, don’t forget to look at the Errata for this pattern. It only concerns the yoke (exactly where you are at now) at my website or Ravelry pattern page also has a link to the Errata.

  • Amir Nazari says:

    Let me know when you start designing for boys! I know of two projects that you can work on! Good work it looks very nice. I like the colors.

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