Cushing Isle is now available in two formats!
The original pattern, available here, is a traditional pattern, written in multiple sizes, with a fixed gauge. To make the traditional pattern fit you well, modifications are likely required. (My book, Knit to Flatter, has guidance on selecting a size and performing the modification math, as does my website.)
The CustomFit version of Cushing Isle will give you a sweater that looks exactly like the original sweater, but all of the pattern numbers have been created exclusively to match your gauge, your body measurements, and your length/sleeve preferences. For the fully customizable version of Cushing Isle, go HERE. (Note, CustomFit requires free log in account.)
Technical editing by Sandi Rosner. Photo credit Jonathan Herzog.
Cushing Isle is a comfortable, relaxed sweater with a touch of elegance. It was created specifically for Cormo 1.0, an incredibly comfortable and fantastic sweater yarn. When this yarn arrived at my house, I knew I wanted to make a sweater out of it that begged to be worn. Not one of those sweaters that you finish and admire for its intricacy and detail, but instead one that you wear every day - for its blend of perfect fit, comfort, and style. I used a Cabled Check pattern on the straight fronts of this sweater, to break up the variegation in the yarn a bit and add some interest. Classic, comfortable 2x2 ribbing trims all of the edges.
It is worked in pieces and then seamed, with set-in sleeves. The neckline is worked after seaming.
Cormo 1.0 was designed to be, and is, the perfect sweater yarn. The fabric is luscious, wearable, soft, and strong. The yarn is springy, has beautiful bloom, and is an all around joy to wear. I can’t imagine wanting to knit this sweater out of anything else. However, should you desire to substitute yarn you’ll need approximately 780 (830, 900, 955, 1055, 1110, 1180, 1250, 1330, 1405, 1530, 1670) yds/ 715 (760, 825, 875, 965, 1015, 1080, 1145, 1215, 1285, 1400, 1530) m.
Cushing Isle is incredibly versatile and offers great options for all body types. As written, the neckline and sleeves balance one another out, flattering proportional figures. The textured Cabled Check panel and straight fronts ensure a roomy fit through the tummy. Top-heavy shapes might consider lengthening the sweater; bottom-heavy shapes might consider shortening it or the sleeves slightly.
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.
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