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:
- Lower body and sleeves are separately knitted from side to side in a fairly easy Chevron pattern.
- These pieces are seamed and joined together by picking up stitches and knitting up the yoke in an eyelet pattern.
- The unique and easy “Afterthought Picot Edging” is worked across the edges.
- 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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