Friday, August 14, 2015

Patternum Novum :: Safrani Cardigan

Since I first released my Indicum Pullover three (!!!) years ago, I couldn't stop thinking about turning it into a cardigan. I thought the pretty scoop neck and corrugated ribbing would be perfect for such a garment, and cardigans are always such a versatile clothing option. But, as often happens, life, designing, other projects got in the way. But now, I am so happy to say that my dreams of a cardiganized Indicum have finally been realized. Let me introduce you to Safrani:

Safrani - $5 via Ravelry (no account required)

(For a limited time, get Safrani and Indicum together for the price of one -- simply add both to your cart, and the price of one will be automatically deducted at checkout. No coupon code needed.)

Safrani (Greek for saffron), was inspired by Indicum -- it has the same top-down construction, scoop neck shaped with short rows, two-color corrugated ribbing (which is easy! I'll prove it to you in the pattern), and easy fit. But, let me tell you, re-doing the math to make this pullover into a cardigan was much more involved that I thought it would be. It probably would have been easier to just start from scratch, but I really wanted to keep Indicum's specific design details intact, so I pressed on. Anyway, Safrani also has 3/4 length sleeves that end in an optional little puff, which I think is cute, but may not be for everyone. For this cardi, I used a fingering weight yarn (Malabrigo Sock) knit at a looser-than-normal gauge for a super lightweight knit that is perfect for transitional weather!

The specs...

Finished measurements: Bust: 28.25 (32, 36.25, 40, 44.25, 48, 52.25, 56)”/ 72 (81.5, 92, 101.5, 112.5, 122, 132.5, 142) cm; Length from collar to hem: 24.25 (24.5, 25.75, 26.25, 26.75, 27.5, 28, 28.25)”/ 61.5 (62, 65.5, 66.5, 68, 70, 71, 72) cm
A note on fit: Safrani is shown in shown worn with 2” of negative ease, however, because the model (me) had a baby in the last year, this is a bit more than intended. :) I still think this fit works with this cardigan, however I also think it would work with no ease or a bit of positive ease as well.

Yarn: MC: Malabrigo Yarn Sock (100% Merino; 440 yds/402 m per 100g); 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4) skeins in color 803 Ochre
Or, 680 (770, 870, 965, 1065, 1155, 1255, 1350) yds/ 620 (705, 795, 880, 975, 1055, 1150, 1235) m of a fingering weight yarn
CC: Malabrigo Yarn Sock; 1 skein in color 63 Natural (CC)
Or, 40 (45, 50, 55, 60, 70, 75, 80) yds / 35 (40, 45, 50, 55, 65, 70, 75) m of a fingering weight yarn

Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) circular needle, 24-60” / 60-150 cm long, and same size needles preferred for working a small circumference (sleeves) in the round, e.g. circular long enough for Magic Loop, dpns

Gauge: 21 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch

For more information on Safrani, you can check it out on Ravelry here.  And if you'd like to knit along with others and/or share photos, come join the Safrani discussion in my Ravelry group, The Yarniad's Symposium.


Julie said...

so gorgeous!! I love everything about it, what a perfect summer cardi!

Evelyne said...

I love it! T'will soon be in the making. Thank you for the gift of Indicum as well! I like Indicum and could see it in the future, but it was not on the "todosoon" list... now it may be closer than I think!