Shorescape

$8.00

I love designing sweaters for my fall make. wear. love. sweater retreats – for each event, I work closely with my vendors to design something special in their yarn. For 2016, Kim McBrien Evans of Indigodragonfly and I cooked up an idea revolving around custom color gradients – and several swatches later, Shorescape was born.

The drop-shoulder construction, written in 12 sizes, provides a clean base onto which the “Tangentials” gradient kits are striped, and the relaxed silhouette pairs perfectly with the CaribouBaa base. Shorescape is available for immediate PDF download after purchase.

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Description

The Shorescape Cardigan combines fun gradient stripes and an updated drop shoulder silhouette for easy, entertaining knitting. I designed this sweater for my fall 2016 make. wear. love. retreat, using our vendor Indigodragonfly’s lovely CaribouBaa merino yarn. Fingering weight yarns make amazing drop shoulder sweaters, and they’re even better when you combine them with addictive color changes. A single button and flattering narrow V neckline finish this ultra-wearable piece.

As written, Shorescape’s stripes use a custom-made “Tangentials” kit from Indigodragonfly. Each kit has 4 distinct colors, and striping instructions specify those colors. If you’re working the cardigan as shown, you’ll need 3 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5) hanks of MC (I used “Sharks and Recreation”) and one Tangentials gradient kit.

If you’re making a solid color Shorescape out of CaribouBaa, you’ll need 4 (4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 7) hanks in total. If you want to make your own stripe sequence, you’ll need approximately 99 (105, 111, 117, 124, 129, 134, 140, 146, 152, 163, 174) yds / 90 (96, 102, 107, 113, 118, 123, 128, 134, 139, 149, 159) m each of 4 contrast colors, and 994 (1065, 1161, 1252, 1364, 1464, 1529, 1615, 1701, 1777, 1858, 2004) yds / 910 (976, 1062, 1147, 1248, 1338, 1398, 1478, 1554, 1624, 1699, 1834) m of MC.

Sizing

34¼ (36½, 38½, 40¾, 43, 44¾, 46½, 48½, 50¾, 52¾, 56½, 60½)’’ / 87 (92.5, 98, 103.5, 109, 113.5, 118, 123, 129, 134, 143.5, 153.5) cm

Intended to be worn with 4-8’’/10-20.5 cm ease in the bust (or upper torso)

Gauge

29 sts and 40 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Stockinette stitch

Materials:

Indigodragonfly CaribouBaa: 3 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5) hanks of MC and one “tangentials” gradient kit. Click here to purchase a kit for Shorescape, including yarn dyed specifically to your preference of color!

Construction:

Shorescape is worked in pieces from the bottom up, and then seamed. Drop shoulder sweaters, particularly cardigans, should be worked with plenty of ease in the bust (or upper torso) to ensure freedom of movement through the shoulders. I recommend at least 4’’ (10 cm); in these pictures, I’m wearing the cardigan with approximately 6’’ (12.5 cm) ease in the upper torso, and a small amount of positive ease around the fullest part of the bust. Slight waist shaping on the back of the cardigan keeps the sweater from being too boxy, without altering the overall lines of a drop shoulder sweater.

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