A clean and elegant cardigan for a stylish, strong woman.
Sizes: Ten sizes; intended to be worn with 1-2” / 2.5-5 cm positive ease in the upper torso.
Bust measures: 30½ (32¾, 35, 37, 38½, 40¾, 43, 46½, 51, 54½)”/77.5 (83, 88.5, 94, 98, 103.5, 109, 118, 129.5, 138.5) cm
Length from hem to shoulder: 21 (21¾, 22¼, 22¾, 23½, 24, 24½, 25¼, 26, 26½)”/53.5 (55, 56.5, 58, 59.5, 61, 62, 64, 66, 67.5) cm
The Plucky Knitter Plucky Sweater [90% merino; 10% nylon]: 270 yds/247 m per 100 g hank, shown in color Barn Door: 5 (6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10) hanks
Gauge: 22 sts & 30 rows = 4”/10cm in stockinette stitch, blocked. Recommended needle size of US 6/4 mm.
Pattern Notes: All photographs copyright amy herzog 2012. Technical editing by Elizabeth Sullivan.
Among the many things I love about my best friend Beth is the fact that she is one of the strongest women I know. Sure of herself and confident, she meets challenges head-on and with no mincing around. For her birthday, I wanted to design a sweater that properly captured her bold personality and elegant, clean style.
Alight is worked in pieces from the bottom up and then seamed for a structured look. The seed stitch trim flows into a small collar, the lapels are trimmed with a stylized candle flame stitch. The waist shaping and slightly flared sleeves give the sweater a trim, figure-conscious silhouette and this simple sweater is easy to modify to suit your particular figure.
Please choose a size for Alight based on your upper torso (sometimes called the “high bust”) rather than your full bust, as this will ensure a good fit in the shoulders. Should you need additional room in the hips and/or bust, vertical shaping darts are a great choice for this mostly Stockinette sweater. As always, we’ll discuss modification questions in the Amy Herzog Designs ravelry group if you’d like help achieving a custom result.
Alight is worked in the incomparable Plucky Knitter yarn. I chose Plucky Sweater for this design, which is a slightly firmer base than the Primo so many people know and love. The firmness of the knit fabric is a perfect match for the hourglass shaping and slightly belled sleeves, and the color shines bright through the sweater’s simple lines. Should you desire to substitute yarn, please choose one that produces a firm fabric at the recommended gauge.
Alight offers great options for all body types. As written, the narrow neckline, belled sleeves, and ease in the hip make a top-heavy figure like Beth’s shine. Proportional shapes might consider widening the neckline and/or working a slightly shorter sweater or straight sleeves. Bottom-heavy shapes could do the same, creating a boat neck shape and straightening the sleeves. They could also potentially widen the collar into either a shawl or portrait collar.
Vertical darts enable easy customization to fit your needs. Should you desire less waist shaping than specified, either omit the shaping rows entirely, or omit/reduce only the shaping on the front of the sweater. Bustier women can work more increases on the front of the sweater, and not in the back. Extra stitches should be decreased into the neckline.
As with all patterns, compare the schematic against your own measurements and make alterations as necessary.
Alight will be available in kit form from The Plucky Knitter from 9am on Friday, October 26 through Friday, November 16. It will then be available here and in my ravelry store for purchase.
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