I’ve independently published my first sweater pattern!
Cyclamen is a top-down, raglan cardigan with garter-stitch trim worked in worsted- or aran-weight yarn. It is designed to be a great first cardigan for the beginner or a blank slate for more experienced knitters to alter. I wanted a pattern for a very straight-forward, customisable cardigan that could used as a basis for a ‘knit your first cardigan’ class (coming soon…).
The cardigan features a knit-as-you-go button band so there is no need to pick up stitches later and add the band. I sewed large snap fasteners onto the band after it was finished, but it could be secured with a beautiful shawl pin or left open. I am more and more convinced that all button bands need sewn-in reinforcing, preferably with some vintage lacy trim. Really, I can’t get enough of the stuff!
I knit this sample in Quince & Co. Owl yarn, which I hadn’t used before. I like the yarn–it is a 50% Wool, 50% Alpaca mix and is woollen spun, which means that the fibres are slightly jumbled up before it is spun unlike ‘worsted spun’ yarn, in which all the fibres are combed to lie parallel to one another before being spun, to make a smoother, denser yarn. The woollen spun process creates a lofty, textured yarn that with space between jumbled fibres to trap air and warmth. Sue Blacker wrote a great piece for Wovember a couple of years ago you can read here.
I tried to give a wide range of sizes for this one: chest sizes 29.5 (33.5, 37.5, 41, 45)(49.5, 53.5, 57, 61) inches/75 (85, 95, 105, 115)(126, 136, 145, 155) cm. The cardigan is designed to be worn with 10-15 cm of positive ease. The sample shown is 10 cm larger than the actual bust.
Yarn requirements: 840 (960, 1080, 1200, 1320)(1440, 1560, 1680, 1800) yds/770 (880, 990, 1100, 1210)(1320, 1430, 1540, 1650) m of worsted or aran weight yarn.
You can get the Cyclamen knitting pattern here!