Pattern of the Week: Solstice Cardigan

We are working our way toward the winter solstice, the longest night and shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere! The longer periods of darkness make me want to cuddle up with my crochet, a fire in the fireplace, and some candlelight. If you’re ready to do the same, grab your favorite bulky yarn (affiliate link), a J/10 (6 mm) hook, and the pattern for the Solstice Cardigan from Interweave Crochet Winter 2019!

Credit: Harper Point Photography

The Solstice Cardigan is the perfect project to cuddle up with on the longest night of the year. With its bulky yarn and larger hook, you might even have the garment finished by the time the sun comes up (if you’re willing to work through the long night). The cardigan will also be extra warm and cozy; its textured stitches create extra thickness in the cardigan. The upper part of the body and upper part of the sleeves are worked in a basketweave stitch, a combination of front-post stitches and back-post stitches. The lower part of the body and lower part of the sleeves use a popcorn stitch to create fun, bobbled texture. Be sure to read our technical article in the winter issue to see examples of the differences between puff, popcorn, and bobble stitches. These types of textured stitches are very popular right now, so we know you’ll love making the trendy Solstice Cardigan!

It has pockets! | Credit: Harper Point Photography

And here’s an extra fun fact: Isa Catepillán, the designer of the Solstice Cardigan, calls Australia home. That means that while we make it through the longest night of the year, she’ll be enjoying the longest day of the year. Whether you crochet all day or all night, you’ll love making this fun, playful cardigan.

Happy stitching!

(Featured Image: The Solstice Cardigan from Interweave Crochet Winter 2019 | Credit: Harper Point Photography)

Pattern Details:

DESIGNER: Isa Catepillán

DIFFICULTY: Intermediate

FINISHED SIZE: 20 (21¾, 23¾, 25½, 27¼)” back width. Sample shown measures 20″, modeled with 8″ positive ease.

YARN: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky (distributed by Crafts Group LLC) (100% superwash wool; 137 yd [125 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): hollyberry, 12 (12, 13, 14, 14) balls.

HOOK: Size J/10 (6 mm) hook. Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

NOTIONS: Yarn needle (affiliate link).

GAUGE: 13 sts and 8½ rows = 4″ in post st patt; 12 sts and 5½ rows = 4″ in pc patt.

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