Angel's Envy by Thea Colman

Angel's Envy

February 2022
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette. Cable gauge given in pattern.
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1550 - 2250 yards (1417 - 2057 m)
39.5(44.25,49.25,54)(60.25,65,71.25)” 100.5(112.5,125,137.25)(153,165,181)cm. Sizes reflect measurement around bust, worn closed and are based on final blocked fabric.
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Angel’s Envy is one of those bourbons that makes any drink you use it in a little smoother and deeper than it would be without it. Same recipe, no other tweaks -- and the cocktail is just better.

That’s how I feel about this sweater. It’s not super complicated to knit and it’s worked in a classic worsted wool, but when you add it to an outfit, the texture and color and details just work together and they subtly elevate the whole look.

I’d been dreaming of a boldly textured navy blue cardigan for a while. I wanted something Grandpa-esque but still modern, and when I saw this swatch, I knew I’d nailed the exact vibe I’d been going for. The cable and staggered line texture is incredibly simple, but it delivers some gorgeous impact, and it’s still a basic navy cardi that goes with everything.

Hudson + West has created my dream yarn with Forge, and this will not be my last design with it! A subtle heather, a lofty spin, and a perfect mix of fiber that crisply shows off detail. This blue is an amazing navy as well. It’s called Midnight and it’s both deep and vibrant at the same time.

Angel’s Envy is worked from hem to armholes in one piece and then split into fronts and back, which are worked separately to shoulders. Sleeves are picked up around the seamed armholes and worked in the round to cuff, and the collar is worked flat and shaped with short rows. Pockets are sewn on last.

As always, I designed this while thinking about how and where you may want to modify things and made sure the design allows for personalizing the fit. Notes are included for altering the body for length and for using the side panels to alter things for width. I’ve written out instructions for both modifying the shawl collar and for leaving the shawl off and for creating a plain button band instead. And sleeves can altered as you work down to cuff if desired.

Cable instructions are both charted and written out.


100.5 (112.5,125,137.25)(153,165,181)cm

Sizes reflect measurement around bust, worn closed and are based on final blocked fabric. Sample is shown worn with about 5”/12.75cm of positive ease at bust, and Gabriella is a little taller than me, so my sweater ends at her lower hip. Choose the size that allows for the amount of ease you prefer. I suggest between 4-6”/10-15.25cm of ease for a similar fit.

Worsted weight yarn needed. I recommend using a wool fiber similar to the Forge, which is a woolen-spun belnd of Merino and Corriedale that does not add much drape or weight to the sweater when worn.

Note that substitute yarns or alterations to pattern may affect quantity needed.