I was thrilled that my design submission for Amara was accepted so that I could work the SweetGeorgia Yarns’ team again. Design Director Tabetha Hedrick is a pleasure to co-operate with. She e-mailed me to let me know that she was planning to use my sample for the TNNA (The National Needlearts Association) Fashion show in Washington DC in June. I was beyond chuffed to hear it! Would I be attending the TNNA trade fair, Tabetha asked. I wish I was, but the cost and my current work load did not allow it. But I was delighted that my friend and Norwegian designer Tove Fevang did go and spotted it at the Fashion Show. Then a few weeks later the pattern was sent to the first tech editor Charles Voth, then on to second tech editor – no other than my own tech editor – Corrina Fergusson, before I received a copy with updates for commenting. Both contributed to improve the pattern and had corrected my mistakes. Finally the collection has been launched, a week after I received the beautiful photos taken by Tabetha herself.
Amara means eternal, like the beauty of the cables that travel across the back, fronts, and sleeves of this fitted cardigan. Gorgeous details, such as the double hem and deep v-neck, highlight the luxurious depth that enchants from start to finish.
The cardigan is knitted in SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash DK with 234 meters/256 yards on each 115 gram/4 ounce skein, and available in numerous stunning hand dyed semi-solid colors such as the purple color called Empress, I choose. I consider it a quick knit since the yarn takes a 4 mm/US 6 needles with a gauge of 20 stitches and 28 rows measuring 10 cm/4″ in Stockinette stitch after blocking.
The body is worked from the bottom and up, flat while the sleeves are worked in the round up to the armhole. The sleevecap is worked flat. The hem is knitted with 2 needles held parallel, followed by a garter stitch band, while the button band is picked up and knitted afterwords. The shoulders are shaped with short row shaping and bound off using a 3-needle bind off.
Discount: Do note that that you can …. Celebrate the Fall with SweetGeorgia launch with us and get the pattern for 30% off! No coupon code necessary, but sale ends at midnight CST on September 14th.
Draw: SweetGeorgia Yarn is offering a free digital pattern of the winner’s choosing from the Fall collection vol 2, so do comment below with your chosen pattern. I will be curious to know which one you choose.
I will use Random.org to pick a winner based on your comment number on Friday 18.00 GMT and e-mail the winner, as well as forward the e-mail address to SweetGeorgia Yarns so that they can send out the pattern. Good luck!
Winner: Wenche Ruud. Congratulations!