I am so thrilled with the presentation of my two designs: Cambridge Cardigan and Prescott Pullover in Interweave Knits Fall 2018. Especially since they were both time-consuming and difficult at times both to design and knit. The story began when I submitted two design proposals for the fall issue in response to the submission call. To my surprise editor Meghan Babin wanted both and suggested stranded colourwork on the body not only on the sleeves of the Cambridge Cardigan. I accepted the challenge, because it has been a long time since I have knitted any colourwork, but soon came to regret it since it seemed to take forever and I only had five weeks to complete the two designs due to slow postage. The lesson learnt was one; that I can only knit until 4 AM before I start making too many mistakes, not throughout the night (read: as sample knitter Grete Jenssen can) and two; that I need at least four hours of sleep to function. Michael helped by taking a few pictures of me wearing the garments before he took me to Oslo to send them off, while I was sleeping in the car. I ran into the Mail Box Etc store with a few minutes to spare and shipped it off to Interweave with UPS. Epilog: Afterwards, I did have a proper rest (read: I could only knit small swatches) and the package did arrive on time. Above is the cover of the issue with the Follins Pond Pullover by Moira Engel.
Next to the contents page is this lovely photo with my Prescott Pullover on the left and Widener Pullover by Meghan Jones (you can see more photos of this mens’ pullover here: www.interweave.com) Both pullovers were made for the Harvard Square theme.
Here is the introduction to the first of my two designs: The Prescott Pullover emulates intricate iron- and stonework found on historic university buildings. This professional and sleek pullover features soft cabled bell sleeves, and the side ribbing gives it a body-hugging silhouette. The design is worked from the bottom up in pieces, and it’s finished with a cozy turtleneck.
The sample is made in the third size and measures 99 cm/39″ around the bust. It is modelled with 18 cm/7″ of positive ease. The pattern is available in six sizes with bust circumference from 87.5 to 127 cm/34.5 to 50″. The yarn is the gorgeous Acadia a mix of 60% merino wool, 20% baby alpaca, 20% silk with 133 meters/145 yards on each 50 gram skein by The Fibre Co. The sample is knitted in Mountain Ash colour way and took 14 skeins to make. The gauge is 24 stitches and 30 rows in stockinette using 4 mm/US 6 measures 10 cm/4″ square.
This pullover is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. A circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of stitches. I spotted the cable pattern on Pinterest and found the source of this celtic motif on Ravelry, check out Devorgilla.
The Cambridge Cardigan is the quintessential collegiate cardigan. Inspired by Scottish tartans, this preppy, oversized cardigan is ready for a chilly library, reading on the quad, or a beer at the local pub. The body of this project is worked in the round and steeked at the center and armholes.
I secured the steeks using a crochet hook and slip stitches despite it being knitted in a pure Shetland untreated wool, Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift – 100% wool, 105 m/115 yds on each 25 gram balls – before I cut it open at the front and at the armholes. If you are new to steeking, make a swatch in the round and cut that open first in order to gain confidence to do it on a larger project.
The sample is made in the fourth size with a bust measurement of 111 cm/43.75″ and modelled with 30 cm/11.75″ of positive ease. The Cambridge Cardigan is knitted using 3 mm/US 2.5 and 3.25 mm/US 3 and with a gauge of 24 stitches and 33 rounds in stranded colourwork pattern on larger needle measuring 10 cm/4″ square. As you can see of the back photo the vertical lines in the contrast colour 2 (CC2) are made of duplicate stitches/swiss darning using a darning needle on the fronts and at the center back at the end. Finally, I want to thank the team at Interweave and Harper Point Photography for making my designs look so fantastic!
The Interweave Knits Fall 2018 issue is available in a digital edition or print edition. In Norway you can buy the print issue at larger Narvesen stores or order it at your local one. I will show you the photos Michael took of me wearing these designs, but if you do not want to wait, you can have a look here: Prescott Pullover and Cambridge Cardigan.