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It's a lovely story, but quite a long one, especially for those of you who have been following from the very beginning. I'll give you the short version.  Carol Jayne's daughter, Josephine, found the picture at left online and asked her mom, "Can you knit this for me?"

Carol Jayne searched in vain for a pattern. At a loss she turned to the helpful community at Knitting Paradise and asked on one of the chat boards, "Does anyone recognize this pattern?" Hundreds of knitters joined in a month long search for information about the cardigan to no avail. A knitting pattern for the sweater didn't exist. 

Knitting designer, Erica Patberg, was intrigued by the design, and excited by the challenge of  writing a pattern that captured the spirit of the original sweater. 

I hope you love it and enjoy knitting this cardigan as much as I've enjoyed creating it. To purchase the pattern, simply click on the "buy now" button. 

Happy knitting,
Erica
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Jessica-Jean
03/29/2013 12:51am

THANK YOU for this wonderful pattern! The wait - almost 5 months! - is well worth it.
Studying the earlier photos you'd posted ... it seems the cables continue on the back. If that's so, wouldn't it be possible for a cable-obsessed person to pick up the stitches for the sleeve around the armscye and continue the cables down the sleeves? More short-rows at the top part, but do-able, yes? Or too much cabling? I did say I'm cable-obsessed.

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Gwen
03/29/2013 1:09am

Thank you for this gorgeous and generous amount of work! I hope you get many donations for your own shop; I only wish it would be closer to me!

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Erica
03/29/2013 1:18am

Let's see.... Yes. You could pick up the stitches around the armscye and have them continue. It may be a bit tricky because your stitches will change direction in the middle of the sleeve. The easiest way to do it would be knit the sleeve per the directions. Knit the bodice per directions and all the other bits that go with the sweater. BASTE the shoulder seam together. Lay the sleeve in place and mark with pins or tailor's chalk where the cables should run. Trace the sleeve cap and cable pattern onto paper and plot your cables. Lay the cabled sleeve cap on top of the sleeve, adjust your pattern if necessary to more closely resemble the sleeve cap shape. Then unravel the top of the sleeve and sew your new sleeve cap on. Then set the sleeve in. It's just one cable that runs over the sleeve cap. You might be able to knit that one cable separately with enough selvedge sts on either side to seam, then sew the cable into your sleeve cap, then pick up sts for the remainder of the sleeve cap from the top edge of your cable. Be aware that the cable will run into the stockinette section of the back, so it won't continue unless you also modify the upper back of the cardigan to have a cable. Or did you want to bend the cable and have it travel down the sleeve? Huh. I'll have to think on that one....

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Jessica-Jean
03/29/2013 1:34am

I'm not a fan of the Nordic-type sweaters, because the LOOK as though the upper arm/shoulder motion is limited by the yoke. I hadn't thought about the cables continuing across the sleeve, but I think that, while do-able, would give the same limiting appearance. I was thinking of working the sleeves from the top-down and continuing the cables down the front and back of them.
Maybe I should just leave well-enough alone, eh?

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Jessica-Jean
03/29/2013 1:44am

@#$^&*($!!!! The computer kept telling me that it was unable to submit at this time!!! I hope you have a way to remove the duplicates, and this one too!

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debbie
03/29/2013 4:49am

Thank you.....

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Libby
03/29/2013 5:19am

Erica, you are sooooo talented and sooooo generous to write this pattern for us. Can't wait for the KAL and hope I'm not too much trouble for you when we get into the charts :)

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Erica Patberg
03/29/2013 8:10am

Libby, not to worry about the charts. You'll have a moment when it's intimidating, then you'll have a moment when you think it's tough, and then it all click and you'll be really proud of yourself, and you'll wonder why you ever tho it charts were hard. Really. I promise.

Each little box represents one stitch. With this charts Row 1 starts with a right side row, and we'll follow the chart right to left. Row 2 is the back side of the work, and we'll follow the chart left to right. In fact, our path on the chart is identical to the path of the working yarn, back and forth...

Losing your place on the chart can be frustrating, but you can put check marks beside completed rows, use post-it notes to mark your place. I took some magnetic tape and stuck it onto ribbon, then stick the magnets to each other with the chart in the middle. You'll find a method that works for you.

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Darla
03/29/2013 2:31pm

Erica, I have all set up rows done and 5 rows of the first chart finished. I am not a fan of charts, but once the "rhythm" sets in, it will go well. I have had no problems so far. I love the way it is shaping up! Thanks so much for all your hard work, it is a beautiful pattern.

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Erica
03/29/2013 8:20pm

Darla! Fantastic! Thanks for letting me know about the progress. Happy to hear it's going well!

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RobbiD
03/29/2013 3:03pm

SOOOOO excited, and sooo worth the wait. It is absolutely wonderful of you Erica. I can already see I will have many questions. Hopefully not TOO many. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Jill2
03/29/2013 6:06pm

Erica, what a wonderful job you did designing this beautiful sweater!
I'm at row 30 and the pattern/chart are perfection....I'm loving what I see thus far.
I'm not particularly fond of horizontal lines on myself, I don't find them flattering....I'm thinking of knitting the back in plain SS. Should I work less rows since there are no cables to draw the design up a bit?
Thanks again for all you hard work and devotion to the KP family...we all appreciate you greatly!

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Alice Granberry
03/29/2013 9:05pm

Erica!! Fabulous sweater!! Thanks so much. I have to finish the doll dress I'm working on for my granddaughter first. I have the same request as jill2, I would like the back plain. I am too short for all that back . I even have to be careful with the Norwegian sweaters I knit. Thanks so much!

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Erica Patberg
03/29/2013 9:53pm

Alice and Jill,

No cables across the back... Let's think this through, what's the most elegant solution? Perhaps a plain stockinette back, knit from the bottom up with a knitted in hem? If you cast off all sts in the last RS row of bust shaping section C, that should give you a good place for your side seam.

I suspect that decreasing to make up for the difference in gauge if you were to continue to knit horizontally across the back might not look neat. Depending on the look you were going for, you could decide that a slightly longer back is a nice design element. In every purl ditch of the last RS row of section C, purl 2 tog, on the next WS row purl all sts, then cont. in st st. You'll need to come up with a nice selvedge treatment for the left edge. The 4 st curling st st band set off by 2 purl sts could be continued from the side and across the back...

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jill2
03/29/2013 9:57pm

Thank you Erica....I'll bind off the fronts and knit bottom up with the same knitted hem as the sleeves....great idea!

Alice Granberry
04/06/2013 1:39am

Thanks Erica. I will try the bottom up back. Do I have to shape it a bit to make the front sit right?

Christine
03/30/2013 5:15pm

Quickly looked at the pattern and congratulations on your achievement. the only problem I have is the yarn quantity is in yards and in UK we only buy yarn in weight not length.

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Libby
03/30/2013 9:24pm

Christine, I will share something with you that I learned the hard way. Different yarns have vastly different weights for the same amount of yarn. I have never bought a ball/skein/hank that didn't have both the weight and yardage on the label. After missing the amount I needed several times, I learned to look at the yarn specified in the pattern and calculate how many yards the pattern called for and then bought my yarn accordingly. If you achieve gauge, you will be pretty much right on by buying your yarn according to the yardage specified. It does require some math work, but I've learned it's worth it to not come up short on my projects.

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Erica Patberg
03/30/2013 5:37pm

Christine,
You'll need approximately 600 grams for the 34",36"; 700 grams for 38", 40"; 800 grams for 42" and 900 grams for 48" and 52". Let me know what yarn you choose? I'm curious.
Erica

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Louise
03/30/2013 11:08pm

Hi Erica, I'm so glad to get knitting the body. I'm at the beginning of chart B and am a bit confused. I'm knitting size 38, so no extra rows. Am I right that the chart doesn't show all the stitches to the left of four past the marker (on the left side)? I have 12 purl st and then the marker, then 2 purl st and then 2 knit stitches and then the cable section.
I put in a life line and forged ahead. Now I have completed the wraps. Does that mean that I immediately start the bust shaping?

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Erica Patberg
03/30/2013 11:22pm

Louise, you're right on track! Because you'll be decreasing 10 of those purl sts to the left of the marker, they're not on the chart. Instead there's the direction at the end of page 1 that all sts to the left of the marker are k on the RS and purled on the WS.

There was method to my madness. Because of the debate about some knitters wanting a bit more stockinette along the lower band, one could if she desired, add as many extra stockinette sts at the end of Set up Row 3 as she wished. Instead of CO 7 it would be cast on 7+ extra sts. These knitters could still follow the exact same directions as they're written.

Hope that helps!
Erica

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Erica Patberg
03/30/2013 11:30pm

Louise, The second part of your question, if you've just finished the right hip shaping, yes, then the next step is the Bust Shaping Section A. You'll alternate between bust and hip shaping, and just before you begin the back section where you'll knit straight, Voila, all the cables will synch back up like magic.

The Cable Crossing Cheat sheet comes in here. It can be tough to figure out when to cross your cable when you're working short rows. The cheat sheet represents the path of your working yarn as it zig zags through the waist shaping, each line is a row. The red dots tell you that your cable crosses on that row.

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Louise
03/31/2013 1:05am

Thanks! You have a great talent with your designing.

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Jill2
03/31/2013 12:51am

Erica, can you please answer a question about which size to make.
My actual bust measurement is 38". So do I make a size 38?
The pattern looks to have a small amount of negative ease...is that correct? So should I be making a 36 to make up for the negative ease?
Thanks!

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Erica Patberg
03/31/2013 8:21am

Hi Jill2,
If your bust size is 38, then follow the directions for size 38. The pattern is close fitting; about 1-1 1/2" of positive ease. For folks that want a looser fit, follow directions for one size larger.

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Jill2
03/31/2013 4:54pm

Thank you!

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Libby
03/31/2013 12:52pm

Erica! So jazzed this morning :D I have done the first 5 rows of the chart and it's going surprisingly well ... maybe won't be as bad as I thought. The only thing I am a little unsure about tho is the increase stitch called ML and MR (haven't gotten to an MR yet). I've never done an increase like this. Do you think you will do a video on this technique? Or can you direct me to a video (I haven't been able to find one).

Thanks!

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Libby
03/31/2013 2:22pm

Ah-Ha! No need to respond ... I found a good visual on it: http://community.knitpicks.com/notes/Increase_-_Knit_Into_Stitch_Below

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03/31/2013 6:27pm

I've got the pattern (and made a donation) and I've ordered Cascade 220 Superwash from Webs. It was on sale! That is what, I think, you said you used when knitting up the prototype. Hope it won't be too warm for Florida.

Hopefully, the yarn arrival and the KAL will be time coordinated right.

Erica, I think you're an incredible lady to do all of this for us on Knitting Paradise. Thank you so very much!.

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Jill2
03/31/2013 6:39pm

Erica, just out of curiosity, and deep admiration for your talents, compared to the other items you have designed on a 1-10 scale what does this pattern rate?

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Erica
04/01/2013 10:42pm

Jill2,
That's an interesting question and tough to answer. I think as I've grown as a designer I continue to choose to design things that are interesting and challenging to design (though not necessarily difficult to knit). Some of the math in this one was tough, because I really wanted all of the cable crossings to synch back up again as soon as the straight section across the back started. I'd give this maybe an 8 in terms of design challenge.

The toughest piece I've designed to date is not out yet (but will be soon) and it required charting my own lace pattern into a very specific shape. Creating the lace was a full 2 weeks of sampling and charting and fixing.... BUT the rest of the pattern was a snap to write as soon as I figured out the lace.. It's SUCH a cool pattern. Can't wait for you guys to see it!

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Jill2
04/02/2013 1:24am

You have done an excellent job with Sundial, and I anxiously await your new piece!
Thank you!

03/31/2013 10:12pm

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Lynne Mullen
04/01/2013 1:02pm

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04/04/2013 3:10pm

Erica,
Your pattern is awesome, and so are you. Thank you so much for your talented work and your generosity. ( I did donate ,a gesture of thanks)
I have questions, but should I ask them here, or in the KAL on KP?

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Erica Patberg
04/04/2013 5:33pm

Donna, Thank you! And if you've got questions, ask them over in the KAL thread on KP. Then you'll have a whole host of talented knitters who can answer. I'm on Central European Time, so there is a better chance for a quick response there.

Cheers,
Erica

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Louise
04/05/2013 8:47am

Erica, I'm totally enjoying knitting your sweater. I have a comment that I thought would be better to put here than on the KAL.
I was confused about the stitches after casting on the 19 stitches on bust row "E" but when I got to bust row "I", it was very clear because you included " K3, P2 (K8, P2) 3 times". Perhaps you could add that for row "E" for added clarity?

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Erica Patberg
04/07/2013 10:25pm

Alice, yes. You'll want to add some waist shaping in your back section. About 1 1/2" at each side should work nicely.

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Suzanne
04/15/2013 3:53pm

I LOVE This pattern. I have it pinned on Pinterest, but it never linked to anything. Thank you so much for creating this pattern.

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Joan
04/16/2013 5:10pm

Where is the KAL for this sweater? I love the pattern, but would need some "hand-holding" with the shaping.

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Libby
04/16/2013 5:21pm

Joan, the KAL is here: http://www.knittingparadise.com/t-158381-1.html

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