Urban Collection 2: Empire Ave. Cardigan

The Urban Collection Vol 2 still has a couple more patterns left to release, and I’m happy to announce the third sweater of the set is now available. Presenting the Empire Ave. Cardigan! (Ravelry link) Named for one of the streetcar stops en route to the Purple Purl in Toronto, this is a light spring-to-fall cardigan done in Tanis Fiber Arts cashmere sock, or your preferred wool or wool/luxury blend fingering weight yarn.


In working up this pattern, I really wanted a light spring layer that would be comfortable and versatile but not too fussy. A simple vertical lace panel on the fronts and back does the trick! I think this would work well in a variety of different colours, and although the Tanis cashmere sock is one of my favourite yarns, I think a regular wool fingering weight would be super as well. This is worked up at 6 sts/inch to allow a little bit of comfortable drape in the knitted fabric, on 3.5mm/US #4 needles or your preferred needle size to achieve tension.


The construction is seamless from the bottom up, and sleeves are attached to the body for a raglan yoke. There is a slight scoop neck in the front, and a ribbed collar and button-band are picked up and worked after the body is completed. 3/4-length sleeves are a great choice for lighter weather!

There are a couple of structural details in this cardigan that I quite like. One is the slipped-stitch “faux seam” at each side – on right side rows the stitch at the very side between front and back stitches is slipped, which lends the seamless construction a bit more structure than otherwise. Especially when working with superwash wool (which tends to drape a little more heavily than plain wool), these kinds of details can really help! Also, there is a bit of ribbing at the sides just under the arm below the fullest part of the bust, to help with fit and structure in the upper body. It’s the little details that sometimes make the difference and that was one of my goals with this sweater!


As usual, I already want another one of these in another colour. I must admit I’ve been enjoying the patterns in this collection even more than the collection I did last year, and it’s hard to resist casting on more of them to add to my wardrobe. I’ve got some vacationing coming up in June and already pondering what to knit. Maybe another Empire Ave? The jury is still deliberating.


I need to thank my fellow knitter friend Austen for modelling this one for me once again (it’s so convenient to have understanding knitter friends who are also a similar size to me!), as well as the other patterns in the collection. There’s still one final accessory to come in the collection and I’ll be sure to report on it very soon.

Happy knitting this Wednesday!


Pattern: Empire Ave. Cardigan
Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts cashmere sock, in ‘plum’




  1. That pattern is just gorgeous.

  2. Gorgeous, Glenna, but I’m not sure I like this collection better than last years. I find it impossible to choose. The additional rib to provide structure and fit is a terrific idea.

  3. Wonderful combination of pattern design and yarn!

  4. What a stunning cardigan! Great pattern and the color and yarn really compliment the piece beautifully. Gorgeous!

  5. A gorgeous and great design!

  6. Queued! And *extra special designer bonus points* for noting the amount of ease (not just the size of the sweater *or* the model) shown on the model! Love it when designers do that.

  7. Really lovely, and of course the little details DO make it! Gorgeous yarn choice as well.

  8. Pilaar · ·

    This sweater is lovely, but I’m not gonna lie, this: “Thereโ€™s still one final accessory to come in the collection” practically has me holding my breath in anticipation…based on your sneak peak photo.

  9. that might just be the perfect spring cardigan!

  10. Thanks so much, Susan! I’m glad you like it. I really want another one, it’s so tempting to just cast on right away! Always too much to knit ๐Ÿ˜‰


  11. That is really pretty. I love that it is made of sock yarn!

  12. I have put the pattern into my Ravelry list of favourites. How many skeins of the Tannis wool did you use (so I can add that to my wish list on Amazon in case any family are looking for my birthday present, lol!) ?

  13. Katinka · ·

    Such a pretty sweater, and I love (and appreciate!) the side ribbing detail. Can’t wait to see the full collection. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. For the 38″ bust I used 3.5 skeins of the Tanis cashmere sock! ๐Ÿ™‚


  15. Sharon · ·

    Lovely colour and style = think this will be on my to do list.

  16. Love this pattern, especially the attention to detail like the side seam and ribbing. Can’t wait for your collection to be completed!

  17. A must have! It’s another gorgeous design Glenna ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Very pretty. I love cardigans in fingering weight yarn.

  19. This is so beautiful! The pattern and the yarn harmonize perfectly.

  20. Looks lovely and the colour is gorgeous.The pattern is very pretty. The whole thing looks comfortable yet chic. Well done.
    ps I’m posting on the socks I made from your sock pattern tomorrow.

  21. Love it! I so enjoy following your designing journey.

  22. LyndainOregon · ·

    Love that faux seam detail continued up the center of the raglan line.

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  24. Meredith MC · ·

    Am I crazy or is the front of the shoulder shaped a little differently than the back? If I’m not imagining things, that is a lovely design element. Another win!

  25. luckiknits · ·

    I absolutely love all things purple. The cardigan is so pretty I can’t help wishing to get my hands in that yarn but I’m on a stash ban at the moment. So sad for me.

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