Technical editing by Alison Green. Photo credit Jonathan Herzog.
Please note: This is the full version of Acorn Trail, with complete instructions in 12 sizes. It includes a “recipe” for making Acorn Trail with CustomFit for completeness, but a CustomFit purchase is not necessary.
For a CustomFit-only version of Acorn Trail, see the ‘Acorn Trail - CustomFit Recipe’ pattern. To learn more about CustomFit, visit customfit.makewearlove.com
Acorn Trail is my first installment in the “Back Roads & Brownstones” series, a collaboration with Kirsten Kapur of “Through the Loops”. I always enjoy working with Kirsten; not only is she a wonderful person, but her design sensibilities are utterly fantastic and it’s awe-inspiring to trade ideas with her.
Back Roads & Brownstones is a fun play on where we both live; she’s in NYC, and I’m just outside of Boston.
But despite my current urban zip code, I grew up in rural Maine and have been a die-hard outdoorsy type my whole life. It seemed natural to start this series off with a cardigan I can imagine slipping on for a favorite hike through some beautiful foliage. Cables, a gorgeous tweedy wool, a little bit of openwork to keep things from being too heavy. Acorn Trail is a great layering piece, and a knockout on its own.
Acorn Trail is worked in pieces, from the bottom up, in Harrisville’s incredibly beautiful New England Highland. This is a sturdy, wool-lover’s wool, and the cardigan makes the most of its texture in intricate cable and lace panels. Despite the detailed look, the sweater is easy
to modify since the stitch patterning rests on a simple Stockinette base.
I can’t recommend this luscious tweedy yarn highly enough, but if you’d like to substitute you’ll need approximately 703 (783, 851, 905, 975, 1041, 1125, 1215, 1353, 1463) yds / 643 (717, 778, 828, 892, 952, 1029, 1112, 1238, 1339) m.
Acorn Trail offers great options for all body shapes. As written, the long vertical panels, narrow neckline, and unobtrusive hem make the cardigan a fantastic choice for proportional shapes. Top-heavy shapes might consider lengthening the sweater and/or sleeves slightly, and bottom-heavy shapes might consider shortening one or both.
Vertical darts enable easy customization to fit your needs. Should you desire less waist shaping than specified, either omit the shaping rows entirely, or omit/reduce only the shaping on the front of the sweater. Bustier women can work more increases on the front of the sweater, and not in the back. Extra stitches should be decreased into the neckline.
As with all patterns, compare the schematic against your own measurements and make alterations as necessary.