Monami Cardigan by Emily Johnson

Monami Cardigan

DK (11 wpi) ?
5 stitches and 10 rows = 1 inch
in garter stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1350 - 2475 yards (1234 - 2263 m)
To fit chest 30(34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58) inches in circumference
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A smooshy, cably cardigan pattern from the Family Trunk Project - now available on Ravelry or over here.

Monami is the result of a thought experiment: an original design inspired by one of my favorite sweaters, Kim Hargreaves’s Breeze. I wanted to celebrate the role of inspiration in clothing design, since it’s an integral and valid part of the process that often gets dismissed as “copying.”

I didn’t consult Hargreaves’s pattern at any point during the design process, and my choices of yarn base, colorway, and cable motifs steered the final sweater in a markedly different direction from its original inspiration. More rustic and textural than its predecessor, Monami nonetheless owes a debt of gratitude to all the things I love about Breeze.

Other people who influenced the way this sweater turned out:

  • knittermonkey Erin at Eat.Sleep.Knit helped me pick out the yarn;
  • FoxInSocks Jodi at Green Ray Productions assisted with picking out the buttons;
  • The famous Barbara Walker (and her contributors) gave me a starting-point for the cable motifs;
  • Blog-reader platypus Natalie suggested the name, and introduced me to the awesome concept of monami waves.

You can read more in-depth about the design process over here.