Spring/Summer cardigans are my favourite pieces and are very simple to customize!
Did you saw Keystone in the latest edition of Twist Collective? I think it's one of the most wearable patterns that I design!
1. The easiest thing to change is the sleeve length. I love to wear 3/4 or elbow sleeves.
An elbow sleeve will make your sweater not only lighter, but also incredibly stylish, with a pinch of retro flavor.
2. A crew neck can become a wide neckline!
Are you allergic to short rows and/or do you like a wider neckline?
Using the middle size needle, cast on the number of stitches that you find after the first increase Row and directly work the Yoke Chart (skipping ribbing and short row section). Then follow the pattern as written! It's done!
3. Steek it!
If you are afraid about a purling overdose, you may work your Keystone in the round and then steek. There are lots of resources for steeking online (you can also search directly on Twist Collective blog)
4. Customize buttons/buttonhole band
For my Keystone cardi I used big square buttons. You can easily adapt your buttonhole band with smaller holes for tiny buttons. If you want, you may add more holes to have a lovely band, full of very little buttons or maybe use magnetic buttons/clasps for an invisible closure.
I'm looking forward to see YOUR Keystone!
- all pictures © Fanny Lafontaine-Jacob -
Navigator is the 4th sweater included in my sweater Club and it's one of my favourite cardigans ever!
The "Fair Isle" is one of my favourite techniques because it's pretty easy to do yet effective to wear. I said pretty easy because you have a stockinette/stocking stitch base and usually two colours to use at the same time.
Fair Isle it's fun to knit both flat and in the round.
Initially, I thought of "Navigator" as a traditional stranded colourwork only across the yoke. But I soon realized that it was too funny to stop working in those colours!
This was as well the first time that I loved to knit the sleeves!
I recently discovered the 9.5"/23cm Kinki Amibari (KA) asymmetric circular needles.
Absolutely, I LOVE them!
Working in the round the small circumferences has always been my problem: dpns or magic loop? Two circular needles together? I was never satisfied.
Now I finally can work the sleeves without problems and without affect the gauge.
If you're not happy with the other methods,I recommend trying these needles!
I almost forgot an important thing!
May is the Madelinetosh's month. You can find all info about KALs/events/sales on Madelinetosh Lovers Group on Ravelry.
I love Tosh yarns, although unfortunately here in Italy it is not easy to find all the bases or the colors that I would like...
To celebrate Madelinetosh May (MadMay) I offer a 25% discount of all my self published patterns during the entire month of April using "madmay" coupon code.
Psst... the coupon is valid also for the eBooks, including The Ultimate Modish Sweater Club.
What to say? Happy knitting!
Hello, I'm Ela.
I live with my family in northern Italy, in a small village near Pavia.
I'm a mom of one wonderful teen daughter and two terrific dogs, a happy wife, an independent knitwear designer, a yarn maniac and an amateur chef.