Thursday, January 10, 2013

Patternum Novum: Nyx Cardigan

Most of my favorite jackets (aside from the one that looks like a giant upholstered chair and the one with a giant faux fur collar, which are just in categories all their own) seem to have a similar look -- little motorcycle-y things that reach just past the waist with a bit of asymmetry and a versatile collar. So, recently I decided it was about time I knit myself one.

The Nyx Cardigan is an asymmetric cardigan inspired by the look of a classic motorcycle jacket (but fastened at the top, rather than zipped from the bottom). A softened version of the leather perfecto, Nyx features a ribbed collar, long sleeves, and a little pocket for tucking away your winter essentials.

The look of the sweater can easily be changed by how it is buttoned and whether the collar is worn standing up (as above) or folded down.

Construction is simple: Nyx is knit from the top down in one piece with a raglan yoke and waist shaping at the sides. The button bands are worked along with the rest of the piece, making for minimal finishing work (as in, practically none).

And the little pocket is added on once the rest of the cardigan is complete.


Nyx, which is the ancient Greek word for "night" and comes from the darkness of this jet-colored yarn, is made from Cascade 220, one of my absolute favorites. If you'd prefer your cardi with a bit more color, you have about one million to choose from in this yarn.

Pattern details are below...

Nyx Cardigan - $6 on Ravelry (no account required)

Women’s XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL)
Finished bust: 28.25 (32.5, 36.25, 40.5, 43.75, 47.5, 51.75, 55.5)”/ 72 (82.5, 92, 103, 111, 120.5, 131.5, 141) cm
Finished length from base of collar to hem: 19.25 (19.75, 20.25, 20.75, 21.5, 22.75, 23.5, 23.75)”/ 49 (50, 51.5, 52.5, 54.5, 58, 59.5, 60.5) cm
Sample shown in size S with no ease.

Cascade 220 Heathers (100% Wool; 220 yds / 201 m per 100g); 4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7) skeins in color #4002 Jet, or 735 (845, 945, 1055, 1140, 1235, 1345, 1445) yds/ 670 (775, 865, 965, 1040, 1130, 1230, 1320) m of a worsted weight wool yarn

US 6 (4 mm) circular needle, 32-60”/ 80-150 cm long, or size needed to obtain gauge
Same size needles preferred for working a small circumference in the round (e.g. circular long enough for Magic Loop, dpns)

19sts & 24 rows = 4"/ 10cm in Stockinette stitch


Teresa said...

So cool. This cardigan looks like something I could wear every single day. I love it!

ps: I only just noticed now that the bottom of your posts have "scriptum est ab Hilary" on them. That is supercool.

d. said...

This is awesome. I have a hard time thinking about parting with the money for a good leather jacket, but this I could do. I love the style. Congrats on a great knit!

sophy ting said...

I like it--such a simple design! it's cold in Sweden, so I've been obsessing over simple and cute sweaters to knit. ^_^

Evelyn said...

I'm a fan of fitted, cropped jackets, too, and love your new design.

Katlyn said...

Wow so fun! Love it

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

This is such a cute design!!!! I love the sweater so fresh, stylish, and wearable and it looks fantastic on you ~ enjoy :)))

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Jodi said...

I love the name! This cardigan looks so cozy and very wearable. I'm not sure my eyes could take so much black yarn, but the end result is stunning!

Julie said...

Drop dead gorgeous cardigan! I love the asymmetrical front, and the collar is so chic.