POW: Sebastian’s Cardigan

There’s been a lot of debate around the Interweave office lately about summer knitting. Some people love the lightweight yarns and lace and can’t stand to have heavy wool in their lap when it’s 100 degrees out; others want to keep knitting their Aran-weight pullovers and chunky cowls, temperatures be damned. Personally, I like both: I love the light fabrics and lace of summer, but I also love the heavy wools and cables of fall/winter knitting. So Interweave Knits Summer 2017 is perfect for me (and you, regardless of your feelings on summer knitting) because it has both!

Men's Knit Cardigan - Sebastian’s Cardigan by Irina AnikeevaAs I proofed this issue, I spent a lot of time looking over the all the gorgeous photos and trying to decide which project was my favorite. I really do love them all, but when it finally came down to it, Irina Anikeeva’s Sebastian’s Cardigan was the winner.

I love this men’s knit sweater! The classic lines, the shawl collar, the double-breasted front, the subtle basketweave patterning—this cardigan, like gum, is perfection. It doesn’t hurt that it happens to be modeled by a tall, handsome, brown-haired man (what can I say—that’s my type!).

This truly fabulous cardigan is worked back and forth in one piece from the bottom up and then divided at the armholes; the sleeves are worked in the round, and the sleeve cap is seamed to the armhole. It’s listed as an intermediate pattern, so I’m thinking that once I (finally) finish my first sweater project, I should be ready to tackle this one. This cardigan would look pretty great on my tall, handsome, brown-haired husband, but I might make it in the smallest size for myself instead . . .

If, like me, you’ve fallen for this men’s knit cardigan, here are the specs to whet your knitting appetite:

Finished Size 40 (44 1/2, 47, 51 1/2, 58 1/2)” chest circumference, buttoned. Cardigan shown measures 44 1/2″, modeled with 6 1/2″ of positive ease.

Yarn Plymouth Yarn Homestead Tweed (90% wool, 10% Donegal; 194 yd [177 m]/3 1/2 oz [100 g]): #0531 navy, 7 (8, 9, 10, 11) skeins.

Needles Sizes 7 (4.5 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; tapestry needle; eight 11/8″ buttons.

Gauge 18 sts and 24 rows = 4″ in charted patt or k2, p2 rib on larger needle.

What’s your favorite project from Interweave Knits Summer 2017? Are you a lightweight yarn–only kind of summer knitter or do you embrace wool in all seasons? Let me know in the comments!

Rachel


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