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She's Electric

Knitty, Spring + Summer 2011
Knitting
May 2011
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
900 - 1800 yards (823 - 1646 m)
32 to 52 inch bust
This pattern is available for free.

She’s electric
She’s in a family full of eccentrics
She’s done things I never expected
And I need more time.
(Oasis)

Get some intense color in the form of a flattering, simple, easy-to-fit, grown-up cardigan. This piece was designed to show off the vibrant, high-contrast variegated colors of Lorna’s Laces. In fact, Lorna’s Laces chose the colors for it after I expressed my wish to “go nuts.”

Making a large garment out of an intensely variegated colorway like Tomfoolery is daunting, I admit it. The yarn itself is filled with movement and play due to the fact that it has extreme warm/cool and light/dark contrasts. However, when paired with a solid, in this case, Berry, a skein or two of really intense yarn can be the focal point of a simply shaped sweater.

This cardigan is worked in one piece from the top down. The slimming waistband is worked in a slipped-stitch pattern that only requires using one color per row, and pulls in the stitches to create shaping.

Whether you choose solid or variegated yarns, high or low contrast, electric or subtle colors, this easy, quick project is perfect to layer or wear on its own all year long. Go nuts!!!