This pattern is a long time coming. It was one of those projects that I had planned to release almost a year ago, then several deadline projects got in the way and other self published items also got mixed in. When I did finally come back to it, it was like a whole new design to me and I was excited to finish it. I am excited to show it to you now!
While I did the sample, the lovely yarn made me think of water and how much I wanted to be at the beach. In fact, most of this sample was knit while sitting on the beach. So, I chose the name Hydrophile. Hydrophiles are molecules that are attracted to or dissolved by water. I thought it a very fitting name for it.
The cardigan is top down, knit flat. It is almost a shrug, but not quite. The body has some slight shaping and a ruffled bottom edge pays more homage to water echoing the waves hitting the shore. The open front is edged with a garter collar to give textural interest. It hangs beautifully when worn open. The collar is wide enough that you can use a shawl pin to wear it closed.
sizes: 30 [33, 35, 37, 39, 41, 43, 45, 48]
actual chest: (without 5” garter collar): 25.75 28.5, 30.5, 32.5, 34.5, 34.25, 36, 38, 39.75, 43
length: 22 [22.25, 22.5, 22.75, 23.25, 23.75, 24] inches
Gauge (washed and blocked)
22sts and 28 rows=4 inches in Stockinette
Malabrigo Arroyo [100% Merino; 335 yards in 100grams(3.53 oz)] Colorway: Reflecting Pool; 3 [3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5] skeins
1-32 inch US4/3.5mm circular for all sizes.
Or preferred size for working sweater in the round.
1 set of US4/3.5mm double pointed needles
or needle size to obtain gauge