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CAST ON FRIDAY: CARDIGAN WEATHER

During these transitional months between Summer and Fall, we often find ourselves grabbing a cardigan before we head out the door. Its easy on-and-off nature makes it the perfect accessory to layer on over a dress to make it through a cool morning. Or to keep at your office when your manager hasn’t figured out if the AC should be pumping cold or hot air.

We rounded up some new cardigan patterns that we want in our wardrobe now.


ELTON CARDIGAN BY JOJI LOCATELLI

 

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Joji Locatelli has a way of combining classic simplicity with unique detail in all of her designs. And the Elton cardigan is no different. The boxy cardigan, with its slightly cropped length, mixes stripes and texture by using two different fingering weight fibers: merino and mohair. By switching between the two fibers, stripes of different texture, weight, and opacity are produced. One look at Elton and you’ll want one in every color.

Sized XS-4XL, Elton calls for 640-1400 yards of fingering weight merino and 382-765 of fingering weight mohair. The designer suggests La Bien Aimée’s Merino Singles and Mohair Silk.

Get the pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/elton-3


LAYLA BY ELIZABETH SMITH

 

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We love the comfortable femininity of Elizabeth Smith’s garments. With just the right blouse, drape, and texture, her designs have become go-to choices for staple knits. Elizabeth’s newest cardigan, Layla, checks the boxes of the characteristics we love most about her knits, but ups the ante with trendy stripes. The kimono-inspired cardi calls for two colorways of worsted weight yarn to create symmetrical stripes over the bulk of the garment. Pick two neutrals or add a pop of color to make this cardigan one that it is fun (and comfy) to layer.

Sized from XXS – 2X, Layla calls for 632-1164 yards of worsted weight yarn as the main color and 244-514 yards of worsted weight yarn in a contrasting color. The designer suggests using Quince & Co’s Lark.

Get the pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/layla-7


Mrs. Donahue by Deb Hoss

 

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The satisfaction of a handmade garment that looks store-bought is within reach, thanks to Deb Hoss’ newest design, Mrs. Donahue. Knit from the bottom up and with open, allover lacework, Mrs. Donahue is a layering piece that will compliment both your denim duds or a simple dress for a night out. The 14-page pattern demystifies the sweater knitting process and includes photos, schematics, links to tutorials, charts to track your progress while shaping lace.

Mrs. Donahue is written in 7 sizes and requires 765 – 1425 yards of sport weight fiber. The designer suggests Quince & Co’s Willet.

Get the pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mrs-donahue


Wildflowers by Veera Välimäki

 

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Designer Veera Välimäki’s combines classic cables with trendy speckles in her newest design, Wildflowers. With sport weight yarn, Wildflowers is knit from the top down and features lots of texture thanks to the ribbed collar and cables worked down the back and front panels. The comfy cardigan will serve as the designer’s Rhinebeck sweater, but we have a feeling that it will get a lot of wear this cold weather season.
Wildflowers is written in 6 sizes and calls for 1400-2080 yards of sport weight yarn. The designer suggests Primrose Yarn Co.’s Rose Sport.