Technical editing by Alison Green. Photo credit Jonathan Herzog.
Bright, cheerful stripes are the perfect antidote to chillier days. Tucci combines an easy-to-modify silhouette with sassy stripes and simple (optional) embroidery for a stunner of a cardigan that’s perfect for all kinds of weather. It’s great for using up small amounts of that knockout yarn, and giving your sweater some interest without going overboard.
It’s constructed in pieces from the bottom up, then seamed. The collar is picked up and knit after seaming. Button bands are worked inline with the front pieces, making for easier finishing. Optional blanket stitch is used to give the seed stitch edges some colorful interest, and the stripes are placed on the collar and sleeves for visual balance and easy modification options.
Spirit Trail Fiberworks Brigantia is an incredible blend of Polwarth wool and silk. It’s got a lightweight feel, lovely fluidity, great drape, and a gorgeous sheen. When this utterly awesome fabric is combined with the intense, subtly-shaded colors that come out of Jen’s dye-pot, the result is intense and fabulous. I highly recommend it.
Tucci offers great options for all body types. As written, the very wide collar, combined with the stripe sequence on the sleeves and contrasting-color blanket stitch embroidery make a proportional figure shine. Top-heavy shapes might consider moving the stripe sequence to the hem of the sweater and contrast-embroidering the collar; bottom-heavy shapes might consider de-emphasizing the embroidery on the bottom of the sweater and/or shortening the sleeves to ¾-length.
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.