Monday, September 15, 2014

Patternum Novum :: Cassini Cardigan

About a million years ago (or at least it feels like it), I created three pieces for my featured designer spot in Knitscene's Summer 2013 issue. One of them was the Saturn Cardigan which was at the time and has remained one of my favorite designs.

I started it in San Francisco International Airport waiting for our flight to South Africa in September 2012 and, by the time we boarded, had finished the first two raised stripes. Ten hours and three movies later, we were in South Korea and I was separating the sleeves from the body. By the time we were on safari some days later I was working on the sleeves, and I finally added the button bands in Stellenbosch wine country. Lots of memories are knit into this cardigan, including my touching experience with a young guard at the embassy (I talk about it at the end of this post)...and I personally think it's cute, too.

Which is why I'm thrilled to say that it is now available as an individual download, with updated pattern instructions, a broader range of sizes, fresh tech editing, and a brand new name.

Cassini Cardigan - $5.50 via Ravelry (no account required)

The specs...

Finished Measurements: Finished bust: 30 (32.75, 35.75, 40.25, 43.75, 48.25, 52.25, 56.25, 60.25)”/ 76 (83, 91, 102, 111, 122.5, 132.5, 143, 153) cm
Length from back neck to hem: 20.5 (20.5, 21.75, 22.5, 23.25, 23.25, 23.75, 24, 24.25)”/ 52 (52, 55, 57, 59, 59, 60.5, 61, 61.5) cm
Sample shown in size 32.75” / 83 cm with 1.25”/ 3 cm of negative ease in the bust.

Yarn: MC: Shibui Knits Sock (100% Merino; 191 yds / 175 m per 50 g); 5 (5, 5, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9) skeins in #2003 Ash
Or, 800 (875, 955, 1075, 1170, 1290, 1395, 1505, 1610) yds/ 730 (800, 875, 985, 1070, 1180, 1275, 1375, 1470) m of a fingering weight yarn
CC: Shibui Knits Sock; 1 skein in #0340 Kiwi
Or, 25 (30, 35, 35, 40, 45, 50, 50, 55) yds/ 25 (25, 30, 30, 35, 40, 45, 45, 50) m of a fingering weight yarn similar to MC

Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm) circular needle, 29-60” / 73-150 cm long (depending on size made), or size needed to obtain gauge and same size needles preferred for working a small circumference in the round (e.g. circular needle long enough for Magic Loop, dpns)
Gauge: 22 stitches & 29 rows = 4"/ 10 cm in Garter Stitch

For more information about Cassini, you can check it out on Ravelry here. And, as always, please come chat about Cassini and share any in-progress or FO photos you might have in my Ravelry group!


Julie said...

yay on your awesome design having another moment in the sun! And I just went back to read the post with the story (Jeez, how did I miss that post?) and it was so freaking sweet. What an amazing memory. He sounds like he was a really nice young man.

Unknown said...

I love this cardi! I really like this colourway, and that dress you're wearing with it, gorgeous! What a killer outfit. I can definitely see why it's remained a fave.

Anonymous said...

I remember that post, Hilary, very well, and really loved it. There is something about travel that produces those types of encounters and there is something about knitting that does so as well. Put the two together and it is a wonder that you did not have a wonderful experience like that every day of your trip!

Suzanne said...

It looks like you nailed a classic piece!