Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Patternum Novum: Mirabor Cardigan
A newly released pattern, knit in Knit Picks' brand-spankin'-new Capra yarn...
Mirabor - $4 on Knit Picks or Ravelry (no account required)
Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
Finished Measurements: 28.5 (32.5, 36.5, 40.5, 44.5, 48.5, 52.5)” bust
Yarn Requirements: Knit Picks Capra (85% Merino Wool, 15% Cashmere, 123 yds per 50g skein): 6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 11) skeins of Fairy Tale; or 730 (830, 930, 1035, 1135, 1240, 1340) yards/ 670 (760, 850, 945, 1040, 1135, 1225) meters
Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm) circular needles; 16-20” (40-50 cm) for the sleeves, 29-60” (75-150 cm) for the body
Gauge: 20 stitches x 27 rows = 4” in Stockinette stitch
Let me tell you, it was very difficult knitting this sweater and not saying anything about it. I don't mean to sound like an advertisement, but this new Capra stuff is absolutely divine to knit with and is so soft!! When I tried on the finished cardi, I honestly didn't want to take it off. And sending it to Knit Picks, knowing we'd be parted for a few weeks, was agony.
Because I noticed the hold-against-the-skin-at-all-times properties of the Capra right away, I wanted to design something that one wouldn't have to take off, if one didn't want to. In addition to jeans (as shown), I believe Mirabor would work well with a pencil skirt and nice top or even a dress. I'm a fan right now of kimono-y shapes, drapiness, and lots of ease in the sleeves, so Mirabor is fitted through the hips and waist then has a relaxed style from there on up, with long armholes.
Mirabor is knit from the bottom up in one piece (no seaming!) with a raglan yoke. There's a little bit of lace at the collar (Feather and Fan) and the hems (a modified version of Porcupine Stitch). I like that this gives the impression of a ruffle, but not too much. I did some tricks with i-cord to finish the non-lace portion of the cardigan opening and continued that i-cord to create the buttonhole. So it may look like a simple Stockinette sweater with few embellishments, but there are some fun techniques in there, too.
The name Mirabor was inspired by the name of the yarn's colorway and is a nod to two of my geeky loves (one academic, which is pretty easy to guess, and one pop culture). I would love to know who out there gets it, so I think a little contest is in order. Whoever can most accurately tell me the two sources of the name Mirabor by noon, PDT, next Wednesday (11 August) gets a free copy of the pattern.
P.S. Thea, do you recognize the button?
scriptum est ab Hilary die 8/04/2010