With autumn right around the corner, I have been ramping up my knitting, in anticipation of adding more pieces to my fall and winter wardrobe. Today, I’m excited to show you a knitting pattern that I finished a while ago. This is the Ebb & Flow cardigan. I started sketching out the idea for this cardigan in January when I was on a family vacation at the Florida coast, where I watched the sun rise over the rolling waves of the ocean each and every morning. That was a view I could not get enough of! Back home, far from the ocean and surrounded by parched earth, I miss those ocean waves. I love the desert, but places that receive regular rainfall seem almost exotic to me. This is my ode to those beautiful rolling ocean waves.
Here is my reminder of what the ocean at sunrise even looks like. Sigh…
While basic, this cardigan shape is one of my favorites. It’s simple, effortless (doesn’t need any special styling), and flattering. I prefer lightweight cardigans over any other heavier weight sweater because they are easier to layer with if it is particularly cold but can also be plenty warm on their own if it is not too cold.
And while the shape might be basic, I’m continually drawn to interesting details. Ebb & Flow features a simple feather & fan lace pattern along the center fronts, made more eye-catching with gradient stripes, which are worked seamlessly with the body using a simple intarsia twist.
The cardigan is worked seamlessly from the bottom-up, starting with a provisional cast on. After the main body and sleeves of the cardigan are completed, the ribbing is worked all around, with mitered corners, and finished with applied i-cord and i-cord buttonloops. The pattern is sized from 30” / 76 cm to 60” / 152 cm bust, with sizing increments every 2” / 5 cm and waist shaping to ensure a flattering fit.
I worked this sample using Knit Picks Palette, with Pool as the main color, and Bluebell and Jay for the contrasting colors. I tend to be overly excited about playing with color and this sweater provides great opportunities for color play. This version of the sweater has a rather bold color combination, but I am daydreaming of knitting up a more muted one, with perhaps white or light grey as the main color and a warm gradient of soft reds up the front. The colors for the gradients don’t require much yarn, so a person could even dive into their remnants!