Inspiration comes from many places for me. This time I had a swatch of stitch patterns I use as a sample in one of the classes I teach. I just loved how both of these slip-stitch patterns looked together.
One of the stitch patterns resembles small fleurs-de-lis when worked bottom up; the other makes a lovely scalloped lattice pattern when worked top down. To maintain the integrity of these two stitch patterns I realized that I needed to use a provisional cast on so the bodice could be worked upwards and the body could be knit top down. Working through the construction details often plays an important role in my final designs.
Colorwork using slip-stitch patterns feels a little bit like cheating, but I love the effect it achieved here. Felicia of SweetGeorgia Yarns helped choose the colorway and I absolutely adore it. The surprise is that the gold and amethyst colors paired with the detailed-yet-simple stitch patterns evoke the bygone era of rich brocade fabrics worn by upper nobility in medieval times.
Do you like this pattern but which you could make it in your size? You’re in luck! Aquitaine is available in eight women’s sizes ranging from XS to 4X.
Lady Emmeline Finished Measurements
Chest Measurement: 19½20¼, 22½, 24¼, 26½ inches
Length: 10½12, 13½, 15, 16¾ inches
Sleeve Length: 6½7½, 8, 8½, 10½ inches
SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Love Sock
Goldmine (MC); 11, 1, 1, 2 skeins
Amethyst (CC); 1 skein for all sizes
½ inch buttons - 34, 4, 5, 5
26 sts and 36 rows = 4 inches in St st using US 3 (3.25 mm) needle
28 sts and 64 rows = 4 inches in Three-and-One pattern using US 3 (3.25 mm) needle
28 sts and 64 rows = 4 inches in Two-Tone Lattice pattern using US 3 (3.25 mm) needle
This design is started at the lower edge of the bodice with a provisional cast on. After the bodice is worked, the live sts are retrieved and the body of the cardigan is worked top down. Shaping is achieved by gradually changing needle size when working the body.