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Light and drapey with an interesting construction, Adina is the perfect autumnal cardigan. Well suited for weekend getaways or early autumn evenings. Worked on larger needles in fingering weight yarn, the fabric is open without being sheer. Neat rolled edges are kept in place with spots of ribbing and the placket and neck trim is worked at the same time as the body. Finally, an eyelet pattern finishes the cardigan at the yoke. When I sketched out the idea for Adina, I wanted a cardigan that was loose and flowy on the body. I achieved this look with a box like shape that, when hanging, it forms a handkerchief like hem. Madelinetosh tosh merino light was an obvious choice for the fabric of the cardigan. Although the yarn is on the thinner side, knitting it up on a larger needle makes the fabric light and drapy. Using a larger needle also helps speed up the knitting process! Originally, Adina did not have any stitch interest at the yoke. I had intended this design to be all about the shape of the cardigan and I was going to work it entirely in stockinette stitch. But as I was knitting, I felt it needed a little something to keep my attention. I chose a simple reverse stockinette eyelet stitch that adds a bit of texture (and knitting interest), but still allows the silhouette to speak for itself. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knit purl increase decrease GAUGE 24 sts and 33 rows = 4″/10 cm in St st with US size 6 (4 mm) needles SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 30 (34, 36, 38, 42, 46, 50)" bust/chest circumference, buttoned.

Recommended with this pattern

  • Madelintosh tosh merino light (100% Merino Wool, 3.5 oz, 420 yds), 4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 7) skeins Baltic
  • Size 6 (4 mm): 24″ circular (cir)
  • Tapestry needle

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My Grandmother taught me how to knit when I was seven years old. However, I quickly lost interest making Barbie tube dresses and put down the needles for several years. My passion was renewed when I moved to New York City to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where I majored in Fashion Design and specialized in knitwear. I've worked in the industry as a knitwear designer for over 10 years. I've gained lots of experience in construction, fit, and materials which I apply to my hand knit designs as well. I design handknit patterns for neoknits, a number of small yarn companies, and have been featured in Interweave Knits, Knitscene, and Twist Collective. I have also written a book of knitting patterns, Metropolitan Knits, which is due out June 2013 from Interweave Press.