I haven’t posted anything for months – but now I’m back, and I’m going to show you two most challenging patterns I have ever written: adult versions of Flower Cardigan and Flower Sweater. My brain still hurts.
The first of the two patterns is Flower Cardigan. At first, I thought I’d just use the children’s version with worsted weight yarn and work out adult sizes, but being a person who likes making her life more difficult than it needs to be, I decided to rework the flower motif, and add some more eyelets… A few months later, with the help of a pretty long spreadsheet, some wonderful test knitters (whose projects you can see on Ravelry) and Rachel Brown (porpoise on Ravelry) who tech edited it, the pattern was ready.
Flower Cardigan has an unusual construction – it starts from a hexagon-shaped upper back and is worked from the centre of the flower motif outwards. The cardigan is seamless: back and fronts are worked in one piece, then raglan sleeves are knitted onto the body. Fronts are shaped with short rows. Sleeves can be long or short.
The pattern has been available on Ravelry and Craftsy since June. Here are a few photos (clicking on any of the images will take you to Ravelry where you can see more pics):
At the same time as the cardigan, I was knitting Flower Sweater, which has the same flower motif, and like the cardigan, is completely seamless. Front and back start as hexagons worked from the centre of the flower motif outwards. When the hexagons are wide enough, sts for the neck and sleeves are placed on scrap yarn and the two pieces are joined and worked in the round, top down, with decreases shaping lower body at the sides. Raglan sleeves are knitted onto the body.
Writing the pattern took me much longer than expected, due to pretty bad morning sickness… Again, huge thank you to all wonderful and very patient test knitters and Rachel for their help. Here are some pics (more on Ravelry – just click on an image):
The patterns are available from today as an e-book, Flower Knits 1. If you have purchased Flower Cardigan on it’s own, before the e-book was available, you can buy Flower Knits 1 with a £3.75 discount on Ravelry.