(All images copyright splityarn 2010.)
ERRATA (12/21): The instructions for the back in the original version of this pattern set up the ribbing improperly, causing the cloverleaf panels to be framed by an extra purl stitch instead of a knit stitch. This has been corrected--please download the latest pattern before casting on!
Seamair is the perfect fall cardigan with a gentle V-neckline and cloverleaf lace panels, and is knit in pieces from the bottom up and then seamed together. The hems are edged with deep 1×1 twisted ribbing, and the plackets are trimmed with applied i-cord in a way that allows for last-minute button placement. The cloverleaf cable panels continue on the back of the sweater, with the waist shaping occurring between the panels to enhance the hourglass look. Finally, the diagonal cloverleaf motif on the sleeves draws attention up to the hips/waist area without sacrificing warmth. Feel free to extend the cloverleaf or ribbing sections to draw attention up even further if desired.
With minor alterations, Seamair can flatter a wide variety of body types. As written, the combination of the V neckline and twisted rib on the hem make Seamair a balanced sweater good for proportional and top-heavy shapes. Minimizing the twisted rib on the bottom of the sweater (or changing it to a faced hem), in addition to shortening the body, will make Seamair a great choice for bottom-heavy shapes. The buttons are not added until after the whole sweater is seamed together, so that you can tweak their placement to your heart’s content depending on which style of button placement makes you happy.
I can’t say enough good things about Quince and Co.’s Osprey yarn. It is a wonderful and springy aran-weight wool with an absolutely beautiful twist. It comes in gorgeous shades and shows off the twisted rib and cloverleaf decorative details beautifully. If you want to substitute, any aran weight yarn will work. To keep the original feel of the design choose a 100% wool that has good memory and loft. Other fibers will add their own characteristics to the design. Do choose a yarn that will block, however, or your cable panels and twisted rib will pull in.
Many thanks go out to Elizabeth Sullivan for tech editing (rav username sweetpaprika), and Caro Benna Sheridan (rav username splityarn) for the photos.