I’m pleased to announced my first new knitting design of the coming fall/winter season! My Retreat cardigan pattern is now live and available on Ravelry, and on Patternfish as well. It is available for $7.00 for the entire first month of its release, after which it will bump up to $8.00, to be in line with pricing for most of my other cabled sweater patterns.
The Retreat cardigan is intended for classic fall-to-winter wear, and is worked in pieces from the bottom up. It features set-in sleeves (my favourite!), waist shaping, full sleeves, and a modest shawl collar. It’s available in 9 sizes, between 31.25 ins to 56.5 inches around at the bust when worn closed, for between 1200-2000 yards of worsted weight wool depending on the size.
This will definitely be coming with me to Rhinebeck this year – fingers crossed we have some good sweater weather mid-October, because this is knitted up in warm worsted weight wool. This is shown in Georgian Bay Fibre Co. ‘Bayfield Aran’, and a tidy stockinette gauge of 18 sts/26 rows per 4 inches. The colour is called ‘McEwan Wrought Iron’, and Carla has a great colour story post about how the colour name relates to Parry Sound’s local history. All in all, I love that this colour is a deep dark brown that still has visible texture and variation to it.
(Shout out to Handknit Yarn Studio, whose fine new storefront is shown here!)
This pattern is suitable for a variety of different worsted weight wool or wool-blend yarns, but I have to take a moment to say how much I enjoyed working with the Bayfield Aran. My favourite thing about this yarn is the wooly-wool quality – it’s 100% untreated untreated bluefaced leicester wool, in other words, not a superwash wool. More and more lately I am finding myself enjoying spending time with “regular” wool, for the way it feels in your hands and the warmth it has once knitted up. I’ve not forsaken superwash wool entirely, of course, but this time of year there’s something about 100% wool that feels right. I’ll be going back for more from the Bayfield yarn line I’m sure!
Cables are, it’s no surprise by now, my favourite knitting technique out there. In this case I wanted to blend some cabled stitches with some more textured knit-and-purl stitches in the panels at front and back, for a relaxed and classic look. I enjoyed the combination and I hope you will too. My sister modelled the sweater for me in these photos, and reported that on the chilly and rainy day we did the photos, she was quite happy to keep wearing it until I asked her to give it back. That’s a good result!
I hope you’re enjoying looking ahead to the new season, and if you’re in the Northern hemisphere like me, that you have lots of warm knitting projects coming up. Happy Thursday!