A pretty, open-front cardigan, with a beautiful stitch pattern along the back and front edges.
This gorgeous design is the Savoy Cardi by Pam Allen for Quince and Co. You guys! I'm almost at a loss for words. This was such a fun pattern to knit! First, let's talk about the overall construction. It is knit from the bottom up in one piece to the yoke, then divided to work to the shoulders. Short rows are used to shape the shoulders, then the shoulders are joined using a three-needle bind off. The front band is worked to extend past the shoulders, and then seamed together at the back neck to make the collar. I love the dolman shaped sleeves. I'm always drawn to them, and this was my first time knitting a design that featured them! I'm in love, and they aren't hard to do! Extra cast-on stitches, using the cable cast-on method at the underarm, and viola! Dolman-shaped sleeves. After the shoulders are joined, you pick up stitches using double pointed needles around the armhole, and knit from the top down. I love how loose fitting they are.
Now let's talk about what first caught my eye when I found this pattern...the stitch pattern along the back and front edges! I love the triangles and garter stitch panels. These are made by simple knit and purl stitches. Easy peasy. But look at those tiny, delicate cables! Swoon! I love them so much! They are three stitch cables. If you haven't ever ventured into doing cables, this would be a great introduction. They are simple, and so satisfying! The stitch patterns aren't too complicated that it can't be memorized after a couple times through, which was really nice. And if I did loose track of where I was, it was really easy to find where I left off by counting the stitches of the current triangle I was on. This wasn't a piece that I could easily do while watching tv, but I listened to podcasts and music without a problem while working on it.
I love this design, and the pattern was very easy to follow. It gives great notes on the cable stitches, short row shaping, and picking up the wraps of the short rows. It also provides helpful links, which I loved. The other thing I loved about the pattern itself, is that it gave row by row instructions AND a chart for the panels. I'm still a newbie when it comes to reading charts, so I love that they also give the row by row instructions. So helpful! For those wanting to give this project a shot, I would probably rate this an advanced beginner/low intermediate level pattern. Pattern gets 5/5 stars!
The yarn I used for this project is Quince and Co.'s Tern. Tern is a fingering weight yarn that is 75% American wool, and 25% silk. It comes in 25 stunning colors. I chose the color Aventurine. It is a beautiful blue-green. I just love it. It reminds me of spring. Tern is very, very soft. It's one of those yarns that just feels so nice to wear. So silky smooth. It has a beautiful drape, (my favorite quality of this yarn), and I love the stitch definition it has. It's perfect for the tiny cables of this sweater. This yarn also has a faded sheen to it, which is so lovely. I absolutely loved knitting with this yarn. It glides so easily on knitting needles. You may not be able to to tell from the photos, but there are bits of silk throughout that are barely tinted. That is just the way silk is. It absorbs the dye a lot differently than wool, so with this combo of wool and silk, it's easily noticeable. There were a few bits here and there that bothered me, but overall it gives depth and interest to the finished fabric. I will definitely knit with this yarn again. 5/5 stars!
I didn't change or modify anything in the pattern, although I do wish I had made the size just below the one I did.
I think this is the perfect cardi for spring, and I've already thought of so many ways to style it. I'm going to get a lot of use out of this one for sure, and it may even be one I knit again in another color. Maybe a fall color? Definitely give this pattern and yarn a go!
Pattern: Savoy Cardi by: Pam Allen
Yarn: Tern by: Quince and Co. in color Aventurine
Size made: 38
Skeins used: 5 1/2