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It feels like it’s been forever since I last released a cropped cardigan with seamless set-in sleeves, so I’m really happy to be able to share my new pattern with you. It’s called Salal, and it’s in the Mild Weather 2016 issue of Stranded Magazine that came out yesterday. The construction is my favorite style. It’s knit from the top down, starting with the upper back. The fronts are picked up from the CO edge of the back, and then the body is joined in once piece at the underarms. Sleeves are picked up from the body and shaped using short rows.

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I originally came up with this stitch pattern for a panel on a mini sweater to teach a class on working with sweater patterns, and I fell in love with it. I was looking for any excuse to use it, and I realized it would fit well around the neckline and shoulders of a cardigan. My initial swatch was in red, but after switching it out for green, I had a nice, leafy, evergreen look to fit the issue’s Pacific Northwest theme. I was lucky enough to get to use yarn from a PNW dyer, Cedar House Yarns, based out of Bellingham, WA. The colorway is called Moss, and I think it perfectly suits the texture of the lace pattern.

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In addition to my pattern, the issue has patterns from Tin Can Knits, Lee Meredith, Cory Ellen Boberg, Ruth Garcia-Alcantud, and Erin Birnel. It also has some great articles and tutorials. I interviewed Spincycle Yarns; Caitlin Ffrench wrote about finding dyestuffs locally; Lee Meredith created tutorials for three-needle techniques; Jeanne Sauvage wrote a blackberry cake recipe that can be made with or without gluten; and Bonnijo Chervenock designed a cross stitch pattern based on an Elizabeth Zimmermann quote. The issue is available for $16, and you can find it on Ravelry or Stranded’s website. Each issue is only available for one year, so get yours while you can.

11 Comments

  • Wow, love that pattern! Just got a heapful of Lett lopi yarn, which I believe is a heavy worsted yarn….do you think it could work for that cardigan, possibly going down a needle size or so?

  • hello andi,
    just been checking out this new pattern salal, could you please tell me how many rows from the co to where you leave on needle awaiting sides and how many rows for the fronts to same point. i feel that
    there is a difference in number of rows. the fronts have more rows. also does the shoulders fall further to the back to compensate the extra rows in the fronts. please advise before i start knitting.

    • The fronts are longer than the back to extend the lace farther over the shoulder and also cause the back neckline to dip down a bit without additional shaping. You can see it in the second photo in this blog post. The top of the sleeve cap is centered with the top of the model’s shoulder, not the faux seam line.

  • Andi, thanks for your explanation, however i do think that when a person designs patterns they must be more than helpful in their pattern making. For someone to deduce your explanation from a photos is unacceptable. sometimes people do not always have a photo to go by. further information is much needed in some of your patterns. Also when a person asks a questions it would be most helpful if the questions can be answered to assist in their confusion of this pattern. i.e. how may rows etc in which i asked you in my question. I did check the photos before asking you my question, but needed clarification as would a lot of other knitters who might do this pattern. I hope that I have not offended you by my response.
    Also your schematics should try and emulate what your intentions should be in your pattern.

    kind regards

    • The number of rows varies by size, and I can’t tell you how many you should have without more information about your project.

      If you require additional assistance with your knitting, please send a message through the contact form on Stranded’s website.

  • hello andi,

    re pattern salal
    could you please have a look at your NOTES regarding the pattern A & B and Key they are all telling a different story. which are the correct ones.
    ie: patt A sk2p is showing to be k3tog in key
    ie: patt A k2tog is showing to be ask in key
    etc
    please check and clarify

    regards

  • Hello Andi
    re Salal pattern
    i have now reach the joining of the body and fronts
    i agree with your pattern where i should have 206 sts (large size)
    however when checking the maths for placing markers i feel that there might be an error
    ie: p52 pm p103 pm p55 when added up i get 210 sts
    should it read p52 pm p102 pm p52when added up i will get 206
    plse clarify if error or not

    with this pattern i don’t seem to be KNIT ON WITH CONFIDENCE as per your plaque in the cover page of this magazine.

    • That row is correct in the pattern. For the size L, the pattern has you k52, pm, k103, pm, k51. The k55 is the fourth set of numbers within the parenthesis, not the third, and therefore belongs to the size 1X.

      Once again, I encourage you to use the contact form on Stranded’s website if you require help. The comments section of my blogpost is not the appropriate place for your questions because the magazine’s customer support can’t help you here.

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