New pattern day! Meet Anouk, a new raglan cardigan pattern. Knit from the top-down seamlessly, this pattern features some of the best things about raglans. It’s both speedy and easy to knit, but the fun little details keep things interesting.
The recommended yarn is Local Color Fiber Studio Imperial Worsted, AKA their Columbia 3-ply Worsted, an aran weight yarn that makes this cardigan speedy to knit and nice and cozy. Local Color Fiber Studio is quite literally local to me. They’re based on Bainbridge Island and they dye their yarns using natural dyes grown there. This beautiful yellow was dyed using onion skeins. I had been tempted by this particular yarn at Local Color’s booth at Knit Fit and again at the Bainbridge Farmer’s market, so when they asked me if I’d like some of their yarn to design with, I couldn’t say no!
It’s always fun to design around a yarn instead of hunting down a yarn to match an existing sweater idea because the yarn really gets to speak its mind. Anouk was designed to show off the lovely, round, bouncy qualities of Imperial Worsted. The yarn has great stitch definition, which inspired the small textured diamond motifs at the neck and waist, and it really comes alive in garter stitch.
The raglan shaping uses varying rates for a better fit than a traditional raglan, and waist shaping makes for a nice, figure-hugging look. The cardigan is shown with about 3 inches of negative ease through the bust and a pinch of positive ease at the waist.