Technical editing by Alison Green. Photo credit Jonathan Herzog.
Please note: This is the full version of Morning Coffee, with complete instructions in 12 sizes. It also includes a “recipe” for making Morning Coffee with CustomFit for completeness, but a CustomFit purchase is not necessary.
For a CustomFit-only version of Morning Coffee, see the ‘Morning Coffee - CustomFit Recipe’ pattern in my Ravelry shop. To learn more about CustomFit, visit customfit.makewearlove.com
Morning Coffee is a satisfying alternative to complicated sweater knitting. Instead of spending a lot of time figuring out charts, or unusual constructions, or multiple gauges, just… …knit. And come up with a wardrobe-staple of a sweater that you wear as faithfully as you drink that morning cuppa. It’s simple, it’s uncomplicated, and it’s the kind of sweater everyone needs.
Unpretentious moss stitch trims the edges of this ¾-sleeve, single-button cardigan. A cute and unexpected touch of moss stitch also adorns the back waist. Morning Coffee is knit in pieces from the bottom up and then seamed; the cardigan edges are worked inline with the front of the sweater. The neck trim stitches are continued past the shoulder bind-offs on the front, and then sewn to the back neckline.
A Verb for Keeping Warm’s Pioneer is the perfect choice for Morning Coffee-its tweedy texture provides a lovely depth to the fabric, its construction keeps the cardigan lightweight yet warm, and the soft merino is comfortable when worn against the skin. The fact that it’s 100% California Wool and supports local farmers and US mills means that your own Morning Coffee will be a garment that is truly worthy of you. If you choose to substitute yarn, you will need approximately 790 (850, 930, 980, 1080, 1135, 1225, 1300, 1400, 1505, 1570, 1735) yds/718 (775, 845, 895, 985, 1035, 1115, 1185, 1280, 1375, 1430, 1580) m.
Morning Coffee offers great options for all body types. As written, the wide neckline, combined with the ¾-sleeves ending in line with the hem of the sweater make a proportional figure shine. The hourglass created by the cardigan’s single button creates or enhances your curves. Top-heavy shapes might consider narrowing the neckline so that it sits closer to the sides of the neck; bottom-heavy shapes might consider shortening the sleeves slightly (or lengthening them, to break up the lines at the hips a bit).
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.