Zinger is a perfect summer cardigan with layer-friendly lines and fun stripes. It features a simple double-stripe pattern on the body, and contrasting-color edges on the sleeves and button band – all within a flattering deep-V, short-sleeve silhouette.

Zinger is worked with hourglass waist shaping and broken 1×1 rib trims; I worked the neck shaping to be fully-fashioned, but you can work yours however you would like. As shown, Zinger features short sleeves and your long-sweater-length – but the glory of CustomFit is that you can change both of those before creating your pattern if you would like to do so.

This sample was worked in the stunning, drapey, gorgeously-soft Indigodragonfly Chameleon Sock, which has quickly become one of my most favorite sweater yarns. I used the colors “Who Doesn’t Love a Kangaroo?” (orange) and “Tina Turner wants her wig back” (blue), both special-edition colorways I fell in love with at the 2016 make. wear. love. west retreat – but the fun of this design is putting your own individual color stamp on the stripes.

I liked the Chameleon at a relatively firm gauge of 7.5 stitches and 10 rows to the inch. Zinger will look good in a variety of yarn weights, but if you’d like to preserve the proportion of the stripes vs. body, I recommend a fingering or sport weight for this sweater.

The buttons I used for this sample are glass, from the talented artisans at Moving Mud, one of my must-see stops at each year’s New York Sheep and Wool festival.

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