Here is the rest of chapter 1, more cabling fun!
This design was an experiment. I love shawl collars on cardigans but wanted to make one without having to pick up a bunch of stitches. So I thought, is there a way to work the collar along with the sweater and how do you make it work with a saddle shoulder. Apparently I like complicated things. Well I figured out a way! And it was really not that hard to construct, but quite hard to write an understandable pattern. There are diagrams and explanations to help you along the way.
Here is the swatch I did to see if like the cable arrangement. And to test the basket weave border. Which is not easiest thing to knit but it definitely adds the crowning touch.
I love the main cable panels in this design, they have such historical celtic feel to them. The braided cables complement them perfectly!
Brielle is constructed from the top down starting in pieces which are joined together as you knit. The back and front pieces are joined when beginning the sleeves, and the cardigan is worked in one piece from that point.
The design for these mitts began with the waving stitch pattern. It is so interesting how a simple combination of knits and purls can create a curious high relief stitch design.
I wanted to invoke a pretty, feminine touch to the mitts so I added a picot cast on and the little knots between garter stitch ridges.
These mitts are worked flat in one piece and then seamed, leaving a hole for the thumb.
I always tell myself not to do designs with all over stitch patterns, because they are so hard to size. And then I get an idea for one that I just can not resist. I love that the cables in this design do not look like cables, they get hidden in the fabric of the sweater.
This is my swatch to figure out how to space the circles. They get closer together as you go up. I liked closer together because the cables get even more hidden.
And do you know what makes this sweater super cool, it is completely reversible!
This sweater is a compound raglan constructed in one piece from the top down.
Chapter is coming soon!