knitscene Fall 2018: Greta Cardigan
The Greta Cardigan from knitscene Fall 2018 has stolen my heart. The cable excites, the stockinette soothes, and the pocket brings a smile to my face. Joan Forgione has gifted us a quintessential fall cardigan that uses a familiar silhouette but has a new and inspired design.
My favorite element of this cardigan is the cable that emerges from the left front pocket and flows over the shoulder and down the back. But I also love the ribbing along the collar, the sleeves, and the hem—it makes the sweater flattering, adds visual interest throughout, and provides balance to the cable.
The yarn, Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, is a beautiful and reliable tweed that you will want to work with again and again. It comes in 40 colorways, each a gorgeous tweed that’s wonderfully blended and strong. I never have to worry about it breaking, which I honestly can’t say about all tweed yarns.
And because you know I have to slightly alter just about everything I knit, there are a few things I’d tweak in this pattern to make it perfect for me:
– Add more buttons to make the cardigan close higher up on my body
– Knit another pocket on the right side of the cardigan
– Use Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in a neutral, blue, or green (these hues suit my wardrobe and give me maximum wearability)
Do you have a quintessential fall cardigan yet? Does the Greta Cardigan fit the bill? Check out the issue for more great fall projects.
DESIGNER Joan Forgione
FINISHED SIZE 36¼ (40, 43½, 48¼, 52¼, 56)” bust circumference. Cardigan shown measures 40″; modeled with 5″ of positive ease.
YARN Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% wool; 140 yd [128 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): hayloft, 8 (9, 10, 10, 11, 12) skeins.
NEEDLES Sizes 6 (4 mm) and 8 (5 mm): straight. Size 6 (4 mm): 40″ circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge
NOTIONS Markers (m); removable m; stitch holder; cable needle (cn); tapestry needle; three 1″ buttons.
GAUGE 17 sts and 29 rows = 4″ in St st on larger needles; 31 sts of Cable chart = 4½” wide.