A sassy, stripey cardigan perfect for fall weather and very precious yarn.
Sizes: Twelve sizes; intended to be worn with 1-2’’/2.5-5cm ease in the upper torso. Shown in size 38½’’ / 98 cm. Amy is wearing the cardigan with 1⁄2’’/1.5 cm ease in the upper torso.
Bust measures: 30½ (32, 34¼, 36¼, 38½, 40, 42¼, 44¼, 46½, 48, 50¼, 54½)”/77.5 (81.5, 87, 92.5, 98, 101.5, 107, 112.5, 118, 122, 127.5, 138.5) cm
Length from hem to shoulder: 20½ (21¼, 21¾, 22¼, 23, 23½, 24, 24½, 25¼, 25¾, 26, 26½)”/52 (54, 55, 56.5, 58.5, 59.5, 61, 62, 64, 65.5, 66, 67.5) cm
Spirit Trail Fiberworks Brigantia [85% Polwarth; 15% silk]: 600 yds/549 m per 210 g hank, shown in colors Winter Solstice (MC) and Dance the Orange (CC): 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4) hanks MC and .3 hanks CC, or 918 (998, 1077, 1142, 1261, 1328, 1417, 1510, 1607, 1703, 1815, 1920) yds / 840 (913, 985, 1045, 1154, 1215, 1296, 1381, 1471, 1557, 1661, 1757) m of MC and approximately 129 (134, 137, 140, 147, 151, 155, 155, 162, 170, 176, 187) yds / 118 (123, 126, 128, 134, 138, 142, 142, 148, 156, 161, 171) m of CC
Gauge: 22 sts & 30 rows = 4”/10 cm in stockinette stitch. Recommended needle size of US 6/4mm.
Pattern Notes: All photographs copyright Amy Herzog 2013. Technical editing by Alison Green.
Bright, cheerful stripes are the perfect antidote to chillier days. Tucci combines an easy-to-modify silhouette with sassy stripes and simple (optional) embroidery for a stunner of a cardigan that’s perfect for all kinds of weather. It’s great for using up small amounts of that knockout yarn, and giving your sweater some interest without going overboard.
It’s constructed in pieces from the bottom up, then seamed. The collar is picked up and knit after seaming. Button bands are worked inline with the front pieces, making for easier finishing. Optional blanket stitch is used to give the seed stitch edges some colorful interest, and the stripes are placed on the collar and sleeves for visual balance and easy modification options.
Spirit Trail Fiberworks Brigantia is an incredible blend of Polwarth wool and silk. It’s got a lightweight feel, lovely fluidity, great drape, and a gorgeous sheen. When this utterly awesome fabric is combined with the intense, subtly-shaded colors that come out of Jen’s dye-pot, the result is intense and fabulous. I highly recommend it.
Tucci offers great options for all body types. As written, the very wide collar, combined with the stripe sequence on the sleeves and contrasting-color blanket stitch embroidery make a proportional figure shine. Top-heavy shapes might consider moving the stripe sequence to the hem of the sweater and contrast-embroidering the collar; bottom-heavy shapes might consider de-emphasizing the embroidery on the bottom of the sweater and/or shortening the sleeves to ¾-length.
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.
For the first time, Tucci may be purchased in one of two ways from from my ravelry pattern store:
- As a standard pattern for $7.00 (with CustomFit recipe included in addition to standalone pattern instructions). This is a pattern very much like any of my others; it includes complete instructions for all 12 sizes, plus modification advice and a detailed schematic.
- You may also purchase a CustomFit recipe (without standard pattern instructions) for $2.50. The CustomFit recipe provides full instructions on how to use CustomFit to make a Tucci that will fit you perfectly from hem to neck and everywhere in between, including:
- Which construction options to choose to get Tucci in the fit and shape as shown above
- Instructions for stripe placement
- Finishing directions, including wide collar instructions, and how to work embroidered edging
Which should you choose? It depends on whether you’re typically comfortable knitting (and modifying) a pattern as written, or whether you’d really like to get instructions that fit you well with no modification required.
The CustomFit recipe requires the purchase of a CustomFit pattern, for $9.99 to get a complete set of instructions.
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