New Pattern: Hortencia


I’ve got a new cardigan pattern out called Hortencia, and I’m so happy to finally have it released! This isn’t the first version of this basic design. The first version was my first cropped cardigan ever and my second sweater knit without a pattern. The fit was a little questionable, and the design had a few quirks. I attempted to sort out the problems on a couple different occasions, and I finally decided to strip down the design and focus on achieving the general look instead of trying to recreate a better fitting version of the same sweater.


And that’s how Hortencia came about four years after the original. I realized that I really just wanted a squishy garter stitch collar, a deep v-neck, and full sleeves, and this sweater is everything I dreamed of. Unlike the first version, this sweater is entirely seamless and features my favorite short row sleeve cap. The collar is also shaped with short rows, and all of the short rows make it surprisingly addictive to knit. I always get hooked by the just-one-more effect of short rows.


Hortencia comes in 7 sizes with bust measurements ranging from 29 to 53 inches. It’s knit using Cascade 220 on 5mm needles. You can buy it now for $6.50, take a look at Hortencia in the shiny, new shop section of Untangling Knots, or check it out on Ravelry!





12 responses to “New Pattern: Hortencia”

  1. Words can’t express how much I love this sweater!!! I always say your newest sweater release is going to be the first one I knit (lol!) …but seriously. This one.

  2. Sarah

    It’s beautiful, Andi! Well worth the 4 year wait!

  3. Gorgeous!! that shawl collar looks awesome, and the short row sleeves look very tidy. Great job on a beautiful pattern!

  4. It’s really lovely! I discovered your blog and your patterns not long ago and I love what you do. I’m just a beginner knitter, but could this design be made by someone who’s not very experienced ? Or, if not, is there among your patterns a sweater or cardigan pattern which you could recommend to a beginner?

    1. Hortencia would be a great sweater for a newer knitter because it’s all stockinette and garter stitch. The most challenging aspect would be the short rows, and Craftsy has a great free tutorial on those. The other area to be careful with is gauge. You have to be sure you match the recommended gauge so make sure to swatch! If you’ve got both of those skills down or are willing to learn them, this might be the perfect pattern for you.

  5. Congrats on the fixed design! It looks really great stripped down.

  6. This is gorgeous! I saw it as a test knit recently on a blog, and have been looking forward to the pattern release. I just have to finish my current WIP first!

  7. Ali

    This is so unrelated to your post, but….I love your hair color. Salon or self? Color? ali

    1. I get it done at Wild Roots Salon in Seattle.

  8. Tina

    Wow! Andi, this is really stunning. Congratulations. I just love it!!!

  9. I’m knitting this up at the moment and just wanted to say it’s a lovely pattern to knit. 🙂

    1. Thank you!

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