After months of knitting with the air conditioning running full tilt (at least in my corner of the world!), it’s time to need something that will ward off a little chill in the air. As the evenings and early mornings get a little chillier, walking on the shady side of the street begs for a lightweight, transitional sweater. Something light enough to pop on over a little tee and your favorite pair of jeans (or even better yet, yoga pants) yet sophisticated enough to be worn with dress pants in the office or after hours.
Amy Miller’s newest design, Isabel, is the perfect lightweight sweater, knit in your choice of fingering weight yarn. With clean, architectural lines, Isabel is a simple draped cardigan that is just the right piece to take us through those crazy transitional days of autumn.
And, just to keep this fun, we are offering a few retired colors as well as a new blue and two brand new neutrals! As our seasonal wardrobe palette deepens to reflect the changes in the leaves and a coming chill in the air, our three new autumn colors might be just the ticket for the Isabel. French Laundry is a quiet, moody medium blue leaning lavender but make no mistake, it is blue. Muslin is a soft warm creamy gray with faded blue, rose and silver undertones while Haberdasher is a medium grey that can be anything you want it to be! It’s one of those shape-shifter that promises to take on a hint of what ever you might pair it with!
A few pattern notes you will find helpful!
31 (33½, 36¼, 38¾, 41¼, 43¾,) (46½, 49, 51½, 54)” bust circumference (this is a figurative number based on twice the back measurement at bust level.) Cardigan shown measures 33½”, modeled with 1-2″ ease.
The Plucky Knitter Feet (90% merino, 10% nylon; 425 yds /100 g): Candy Dish 5 (6, 6, 7, 7, 8,) (8, 8, 9, 9) skeins. Appx 2125 (2300, 2490, 2660, 2835, 3000,) (3195, 3365, 3535, 3700) yds—exact yardage will vary!
Size 4 (3.5 mm) 29” circular (cir) and set of double pointed (dpns). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Markers (m); stitch holders/waste yarn; tapestry needle.
25 sts and 34 rows = 4” in Stockinette Stitch, 29 sts and 34 rows = 4” in Slip Stitch pattern
To save time and ensure proper fit, please take time to check gauge.
This cardigan is worked flat from the bottom up as follows: The body is cast on and worked back and forth up to the armholes where the back/fronts are worked separately. The collar is worked at the same time as the body. Short rows are used to shape shoulders which are then joined with a 3 needle bind off. Collar is continued and seamed at back neck. Sleeves are picked up from armholes, shaped with short rows and worked down in the round.