Worked from the shoulders-down, the set-in sleeves of the Prescott cardigan are created simultaneously with the upper bodice in a technique originally described by Barbara Walker. A photo tutorial is included with the pattern to illustrate the technique.
The button plackets are worked along with the bodice, and allow you to place as many or as few buttons wherever you like without having to plan ahead. Shaping to the waist is accomplished along princess "seams" to allow for maximum customization. There is very little hip shaping, however, since the floral lace hem stretches to fit. See "Some Thoughts About Fit" section of the pattern for advice on how to adapt the shaping to your own fit preferences.
Prescott is the first installment of Lyrical Knits' Quabbin Series that takes inspiration from the four central Massachusetts towns that were disincorporated in the 1930s to make way for the Quabbin Reservoir. The town of Prescott was a small farming community on a ridge above the western edge of the Swift River Valley. Apples were a main crop, and one can still see the occasional remains of an orchard in the Prescott region of the Quabbin's watershed. The floral rib pattern of this cardigan reminded me of the apple blossoms that still grace this landscape.
24 sts and 32 rows/4"
750 yards of Fingering weight
A love of fashion inspired Mary to learn to knit over 20 years ago. Who knew that she would find the process of designing and creating knit garments as thrilling as wearing them? A professional singer and science instructor, she finds pattern writing to be wonderfully appealing to both the creative and technical sides of her nature.