I wanted to show you how the Brewster Cardigan, published in Wool Studio 2016, looks on me and the different ways you can wear the loop. My husband photographed me wearing it at Ormøya by the Bunnefjord just before I sent it off to Interweave, back in July. The English pattern is available in the digital pattern collection; Wool Studio 2016 by the knit.wear editors. Above I am wearing the loop hanging around my neck once.
Here in this picture, the loop is crossed at the front. The Brewster Cardigan is knitted in Valley Yarns Northfield using a 4 mm/US 6 with a gauge of 22 stitches and 30 rows measuring 10 cm/4″ square. The lush yarn is a mixture made of 70% merino wool, 20% baby alpaca, 10% silk with 113 meters/124 yards on each 50 gram ball, and has a divine stitch definition.
The third way of wearing it is with the loop crossed and twice around the neck, so that it pulls in the whole cardigan. The cardigan is worked back and forth in one piece to the armholes, and then the fronts and back are worked separately. The sleeves are worked in the round, with the sleeve cap worked flat. The loop collar is made in two pieces and joined using a three-needle bind off. There are no cables on the fronts, since the wide loop collar is made of the several cable repeats with garter edges and attached along each front with the extra loop hanging loose.
This side view shows the faux side seam and the garter stitch edging, as well as the cable panel on the sleeve. Here is the introduction to the cardigan from the webzine: “Alluring cables and a draped loop cowl create the unusual but captivating silhouette of the Brewster Cardigan. The generous loop cowl can double as pockets, or the extension can be omitted entirely! Either way, the stunning cables and comfortable fit will make this cardigan a favorite for years to come.”
The sand cables cover most of the back. They give a lovely texture to the back just as the loop does to the front. I am wearing the sample which is the third of six sizes and it measures 101.5 cm/40″ around the bust and is modelled with 10 cm/4″ of positive ease on me. Recommended ease is around 5 cm/2″. The smallest size measures 89 cm/35″ and the largest measures 136 cm/53.5″. If you have not had a look at Wool Studio 2016, I recommend you do. It is: “a capsule collection for the modern knitter. Wool Studio is a digital lookbook featuring clean, accessible knitwear designs for every woman”.