Meet the Rockling Cardigan from Graphic Knits
Like my Minnow Top, this is another example of a stitch pattern inspiring a garment. I actually knitted a cardigan similar to this many years ago before I began recording my patterns. I loved that sweater so much and practically wore it out. When I ran across this beautiful slipped-stitch textured pattern in one of Barbara Walker's Treasuries I knew it would be perfect for this wonderful cozy cardigan. Here's the sketch that I included in my book proposal:
I was really excited to get started on this one. I remember casting on while sitting outside in the Brooklyn Bridge Park almost exactly 2 years ago. The giant yarn cake of the freshly wound Eco+ Wool seemed like a ridiculous thing to lug around on my bike, but I love knitting outdoors!
I finished the cardigan in just a few weeks and proudly wore the sample to work the next day. My husband snapped a few pictures of me before I walked out the door in my new sweater.
I look pretty proud of myself, don't I?! I was definitely feeling good that day. Putting my second book design to bed gave me a little more confidence, for that day, at least!
I like the finished version even more than my original design sketch. I love to look back at my old sketches and compare them to the finished garments. I get a little sentimental because every change occurred for a reason, and I'm reminded of a particular challenge or insight I had along the way.
I loved this design so much, that I just couldn't wait for the sample to come back from Interweave. After I turned in my manuscript I scooped up some yarn from L & B Yarn Co and knitted another one to keep in my cubicle at work. I rarely reknit my own designs, so it was a little weird for me to experience the pattern as a reader would. Actually, it was much more relaxing without all the second-guessing of myself that usually occurs in my design process!
For more information about the design, check out the pattern page here.
This blog post is part of a series:
- Meet the Engle Cardigan From Graphic Knits
- Meet The Bowerbird Wrap from Graphic Knits
- Meet the Finch Cardigan From Graphic Knits
- Meet The Danio Hat From Graphic Knits
- Meet the Rook Pullover From Graphic Knits
- Meet the Rockling Cardigan from Graphic Knits
- Meet the Minnow Top from Graphic Knits
- Meet The Woodstar Hat and Mitts from Graphic Knits
- Meet The Barbet Turtleneck from Graphic Knits
- Meet the Tanager Shrug from Graphic Knits
- Meet Graphic Knits
- Meet the Orly Cardigan From Graphic Knits
- Meet the Liwi Top from Graphic Knits
- Meet the Danae Mittens from Graphic Knits