Interweave Knits Summer 2018: Salida Cardigan

Last fall, my husband and I went on a mini road trip through Colorado and northern New Mexico. One of our favorite stops was the small mountain town of Salida, Colorado. Surrounded by stunning peaks and bordered on one side by the Arkansas River, the town is an outdoorsy person’s paradise (we were both in heaven). We visited in early October, and although the weather was beautiful for the time of year, the nights and mornings were pretty chilly. I found myself wishing for a warmer sweater than the one I’d brought with me—something like the Salida Cardigan from Interweave Knits Summer 2018!

This 100% wool sweater, designed by Lars Rains, is exactly what I needed in Salida: it’s warm, it’s cute, and the striking geometric colorwork on the yoke hints at the area’s Southwestern culture without being too in-your-face about it. And it’s a perfect layering piece—I could have thrown it on while I was sipping my morning coffee and wondering around town in the early morning hours, then removed it when the mountain sun warmed things up. We photographed it on a man for the magazine, but it’s really a unisex design; personally, I’d wear it over skinny jeans, a flowy top, and boots (but no bolo tie—I’m not that cool).

If you’re looking for the perfect cardigan to keep you warm on chilly nights and evenings in the mountains (or wherever your summer travels take you), you need the Salida Cardigan! Get Knits Summer 2018 today so you can finish your cardi in time for your summer adventures.

Salida Cardigan

Pattern Details


DIFFICULTY Intermediate

FINISHED SIZE 35¼ (39, 42¾, 47½, 51¼, 56¾)” chest circumference, buttoned. Cardigan shown measures 42¾”; modeled with 4¾” of positive ease.

YARN Harrisville Designs Highland (100% virgin wool; 200 yd [183 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): #33 midnight blue (MC), 5 (5, 6, 7, 8, 8) skeins; #46 oatmeal (CC1) and #04 gold (CC2), 1 skein each.

NEEDLES Sizes 6 (4 mm) and 8 (5 mm): 32″ circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle; six 1″ buttons.

GAUGE 17 sts and 24 rows = 4″ in St st on larger needle; 19 sts and 20 rows = 4″ in charted patt on larger needle.

Oh the places you’ll go – with Interweave Knits Summer 2018!

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