I am jumping for joy that my Zest Cardigan is finalized and available. This cardigan makes me so happy and the pattern makes me so proud. I devoted more of myself to this pattern than to any other to date, and am just thrilled with the finished product.
Zest is a fitted cardigan worked seamlessly from the bottom-up with an allover lace pattern. A panel of cables along the back at the waistline highlights the natural shaping of the waist and adds an interesting detail. The yoke uses raglan-style decreases, which are fully charted to not disrupt the lace pattern. Pattern includes both charts and written instructions, and the cardigan is sized from 30”/76 cm to 60”/152 cm bust with sizing increments every 2”/5 cm to help achieve the best fit possible.
Ravelry Pattern Link
Pattern difficulty: Intermediate. Pattern uses increases, decreases, following a lace pattern over a large number of stitches, cables, and knitting in the round.
The cardigan pictured in orange was worked in size 30” / 76 cm with 1” / 2.5 cm of negative ease and is intended to be worn as an open cardigan. The one pictured in yellow was worked in size 32” / 81 cm with about 1” / 2.5 cm of positive ease and may be buttoned in the front.
Sizes & Yardage
|Bust / Hip (in)||30||32||34||36||38||40||42||44||46||48||50||52||54||56||58||60|
|Bust / Hip (cm)||76||81||86||91||96||101||107||112||117||122||127||132||137||142||147||152|
|Yardage: Approximate yards/meters in fingering weight yarn|
Yarn used for cardigan pictured in orange:
- Madelintosh Tosh Merino Light (fingering weight, 100% merino, 440 yards / 402 meters per 100 gram skein) Napoli Colorway
|# of Skeins||3||3||3||3||3||3||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||5||5||5|
Yarn used for cardigan pictured in yellow:
- Knit Picks Palette (fingering weight, 100% wool, 231 yards / 211 meters per 50 gram skein) Canary colorway.
|# of Skeins||5||5||5||6||6||6||6||7||7||7||7||8||8||8||9||9|
Needles: US 5 / 3.75mm or size to achieve gauge, circular needle at least 29” / 74 cm long and set of double pointed needles (DPNs) for sleeves or a long circular needle for Magic Loop.
Gauge: 20 stitches by 30 rows = 4” x 4” / 10 x 10 cm in Lace Stitch after blocking.
Notions: cable needle, stitch markers (10), stitch holders, tapestry needle, T-pins (optional, for blocking), buttons
What I love about this cardigan is how wearable and versatile it is. I have worn this cardigan whist romping around in the high desert sagebrush in my hiking boots and a pair of jeans, to formal business meetings in my serious trousers and even seriouser loafers (arguably, the cardigan takes away some of the seriousness of my otherwise serious outfit), and on a romantic date with Josh wearing a dress and heels. This is also a good transitional weather cardigan – - the wool will keep you warm but the lace ensures that the sweater breathes.
I knit my prototype (below, in orange) in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Napoli Colorway. I had not worked with this yarn before and I was concerned that it might not be the best for a sweater. However, having worn this sweater many times, I am pleased to report that it is holding up nicely and I haven’t noticed any pilling. Likewise with the Knit Picks Palette version (in Canary yellow), I wasn’t sure if Palette would be the best sweater yarn (mainly, I was concerned about whether it would be soft enough for next to skin wear). However, like with the Madtosh sweater, I am over the moon pleased with my sweater worked in Palette. I mostly wear short sleeved shirts or tank tops under it, and my skin has never been bothered by the itchiness.
Also, while I enjoy neutral colors with the best of ‘em, I am a huge fan of using BOLD and BRIGHT colors for this sweater. This time of year (at least for us Northern Hemispherians), when there is less daylight each day and fewer opportunities to bask in the sun, when seasonal depression typically takes its toll, I think bright and happy colors are a must. I would actually like to thank Stacey over at Knit Picks for selecting the Canary Yellow yarn from their Palette line for me. Typically, I shy away from wearing yellows (particularly when they are to be next to my face) because I worry that they emphasize my sallow skin tone. But this yellow is wonderful and I love wearing it. It is just so bright and sunshiney, I feel like I’m getting some Vitamin D therapy just wearing it!
Anyhoodle, this pattern will be available from Knit Picks, where you can procure for yourself plenty of Canary Yellow, but for now it’s just on Ravlery.
Ravelry Pattern Link