I am so excited to be starting the new year with a big pattern release, my Slipstream Cardigan! If you follow @thechillydog on Instagram, you know that I have been working on this sweater design since October.
Despite my best efforts, I hit a couple snags along the way which meant a complete redesign after frogging the entire sweater. (I'll tell you more about that in an upcoming post.) It was well worth the time and effort though because this sweater is a dream!
Slipstream Cardigan Pattern
First of all, I'd like to thank my friends at Skacel for providing the yarn and buttons for this design. These products are available locally at many yarn shops and online at Maker's Mercantile.
The yarn is HiKoo Sueño Worsted and is a blend of 80% Superwash Merino / 20% Viscose from Bamboo. I made my sweater in color 1564 Manatee Tonal, but there are lots of other gorgeous colors to choose from.
The buttons are 34 mm round Skacel wood buttons and were a great compliment to the yarn.
What is a Slipstream?
Some of you may know that I have a background in aerospace and mechanical engineering and sometimes I reach back to my
nerdy early days for knitting inspirations.
Slipstream: a current of air or water that is driven back by a rotating propeller or jet engine.To me, the cables in this sweater loosely resemble the slipstream concept.
This sweater has a pretty basic cardigan design, but there are a couple features that you might enjoy.
- Cables - There are two different types of cables in the design, a Propeller Cable and a Six Strand Cable. Both are worked across the same number of rows to create a more balanced look and to make it easier to knit. You never have to cross stitches in both cables on the same row.
- Body - Most knitters do not enjoy joining pieces together so the body of the sweater is worked as a single piece instead of a back piece and two front pieces.
- Sleeve Shaping - I tried to keep things simple with semi-raglan sleeve cap shaping. This means that the sleeve has a more angular shape. This makes figuring out the decreases easier as well as matching up the sleeve to the body for joining.
Get it Now
Are you ready to start knitting? The Slipstream Cardigan pattern is now available in my pattern shop.