I am so thrilled to be part of the exciting Interweave Knits Summer 2016 issue with my Harding Cardigan. On the cover is the beautiful lace top; Clemente Tank by Mary Anne Benedetto, aka Apriori Knits. I was inspired by the submission call and its topics: Boho Lace and Mountain House Retreat. My submission was accepted and fitted into the last theme. I choose to design in the rustic Brooklyn Tweed Shelter and instantly knew what stitch pattern I wanted for the collar: Cabled Rib Cord from “Reversible Knitting: 50 Brand New Groundbreaking Patterns. The openwork texture of it is a great contrast to any denser cabled fabric on the body. Here is my introduction to the cardigan with the working title of Barr Cardigan: Allover telescope lattice gives this straight long cardigan a textural feel. An open rib cable cord collar, knitted separately, adds a modern look to the cardigan. Wear it open or close it with a shawl pin. The cardigan is named after the cabled rib cord pattern’s creator; Lynne Barr. The body is knitted straight from the bottom and up in parts with extra ease for comfort, while the sleeves are knitted in the round.
I choose to use a 4.5 mm/US 7 circular needle for density and to accommodate the large number of stitches. While the body is densely cabled, the collar pattern is created by working extra rows in rib before each cable crossing. The gauge for the allover Telescope Lattice pattern is 22 sts and 27 rows, while it is 26 sts and 18 rows in the Cabled Rib Cord pattern. The cardigan pattern is available in 6 sizes with a bust circumference of 85 (90, 96, 106, 114, 123) cm/33.5 (35.5, 38, 41.5, 45, 48.5)”. The model is wearing the second size with 1.5″ of positive ease.
In my submission I suggested neutral colors like Woodsmoke, Nest or Sweatshirt, but editor Meghan Babin wanted Foothills. I had no objections to the color change and thought it was a clever choice, especially after reading how Brooklyn Tweed describes the color: “Prairie haze. Fields after the harvest. Foothills is a mild sage green comprising white, grey, and yellow shaded with black, the palest member of a family that includes Tent and Artifact.” This issue of Interweave Knits is Meghan’s first “full” issue and I think she has done a brilliant job, together with the Interweave team!
The photographs are taken by Harper Point Photography in the snowy mountains of Los Padres national Forest in California, as the Interweave team decided for this issue to follow the move of the photography studio from Fort Collins, Colorado to Ventura, California.
The photo above also shows the sewn – not knitted – Whisperwool Clutch by Kathy Fogarty. Look out for her ready to wear and sewing patterns coming soon under her own label “Midnight Mercantile”. I am delighted with the trendy photos of my cardigan. The magazine is available in both print and digitally, in addition it is possible to buy each digital pattern separately. I hope you will enjoy the magazine as much as I do!