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Point Pinos Cardigan by Amy Herzog
I created Point Pinos as part of the 2017 make. wear. love. west sweater retreat collection, out of the exquisite Shibui Yarns carried by our vendor Monarch Knitting. It's a sophisticated take on the kinds of cardigans I personally love the most - open styles that can be closed with my favorite Jul Closure of the day. With long sleeves, simple rolled and 1x1 ribbed edges, and subtle waist shaping on the back of the garment only, it's as flattering as it is comfortable. Amy is shown wearing an hourglass average fit.
One note on the materials used to make this design: I used Shibui Twig and Cima held together; the utter lack of memory in these fibers, combined with their weight, make rolled edges practical. If you're knitting Point Pinos in a springy wool, please consider substituting a small ribbed or garter edge.
The back neckline is ruched in two places to make for a more comfortable sweater; a quick photo tutorial can be found here.
Point Pinos Cardigan is an hourglass design, so your final pattern will have waist and bust shaping. You can only use complete measurement sets to create this pattern.
The sample shown is made from Shibui's Twig and Cima held together, which makes for a softer, slightly fuzzier linen-based fabric. One of the joys of CustomFit is that you can use whichever mix of Shibui yarns you like to make the pattern, depending on the blend of fibers, drape, and luster you'd like. If you're substituting outside the Shibui range, and/or working with non-drapey fibers, please swatch before deciding to use a rolled edge.
Amy used the color "Tar" for this garment, and liked the Twig/Cima mix at a gauge of approximately 5.75 stitches and 8 rows to 1'' (2.5 cm). Using this mix and gauge, for a standard size 30 (32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60)’’ garment you'll need approximately 4 (5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8) hanks of Cima and 7 (8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10, 11, 12, 12, 13, 14) hanks of Twig. If you're using a different mix or gauge, I strongly recommend Hannah Fettig's excellent app Stashbo for yardage estimates.
Point Pinos Cardigan uses the following design choices:
- Style: cardigan
- Silhouette: Hourglass silhouette
- Length: Low-hip length
- Sleeves: Full-length tapered sleeve
- Neck style: Average-width vee neck
- Neck depth: 2"/5 cm below armhole-shaping start
- Hem edging and height: 1x1 Ribbing, ¾"/2 cm
- Sleeve edging and height: Stockinette, 1"/2.5 cm
- Button band edging and height: Stockinette, 6"/15 cm