Pattern of the Week: Eagle Island Cardigan

“A Knits design toes the line between traditional and contemporary; it makes sense in the real world but harkens back to other times, other styles, other cultures.”—Meghan Babin, from the submission call for Interweave Knits Winter 2018.

This issue traces the journey of traditional motifs and silhouettes into the present. It pays homage to knits of the world, especially the pivotal point where humans decided a sweater could do more than simply supplying warmth. It could become a work of art. This collection of designs for northern climes will inspire both your knitting and your thirst for adventure.

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When I had to choose just 1 pattern that encapsulated this issue’s spirit, Meghan Babin’s Eagle Island Cardigan won out. Let her zip-front unisex cardigan, in a modern palette of gray, beige, and barn door red with brown thunderbirds, take you on a knitting adventure. You’ll knit the body from the bottom up in one piece, working the motifs in stranded colorwork and intarsiaeagle island cardigan

This cardigan keeps you cozy and stylish whether you’re lounging, hiking, or running errands. The yarn knits up into a surprisingly light fabric thanks to its soft-spun construction. Harrisville Designs WATERshed borrows heathered colors from the watershed in Harrisville, New Hampshire. Water is critical to the life of Harrisville Designs; it brings power to the mill and beauty to the area.

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Pattern Details

Designer: Meghan Babin

Difficulty: Intermediate

Finished Size 38.75 (43.25, 47, 51, 54.75, 59.25)” chest circumference, zipped. Cardigan shown measures 43.25″; modeled with 2.75″ of positive ease.

Yarn Harrisville Designs WATERshed (100% wool; 110 yd (100 m)/1.75 oz (50 g)): granite (gray; MC), 8 (9, 10, 11, 12, 13) balls; barn door (red; A), 2 (2, 3, 3, 4, 4) balls; driftwood (beige; B), 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4) balls; and gatehouse (brown; C), 1 ball.

Needle Sizes 6 (4 mm) and 8 (5 mm): 32″ circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Markers (m); cable needle (cn); stitch holders; size H/8 (5 mm) crochet hook; waste yarn; 4 intarsia bobbins; 26 (26, 28, 28, 28, 28)” separating zipper; sewing machine or sewing needle and thread to match.

Gauge 17 sts and 20 rows = 4″ in chart patt on larger needle; 17 sts and 22 rows = 4″ in St st with MC on larger needle.

Check out the other incredible projects from Interweave Knits Winter 2018. And when you knit one, send us a photo on Instagram @InterweaveCraft!

Happy knitting,


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