The first is called Rabbitbrush. It’s a pretty classic, cropped cardigan with dropped shoulders. The construction is mostly seamless, with the exception of attaching the little patch pocket and stitching the sleeve cuffs in place. The sample was knit using Knit Picks CotLin, and I just adored working with the yarn. Cotton yarns tend to be unpleasant to knit with, but blended with the right fiber, it’s a different story! I even liked working with this better than a cotton/wool yarn. The linen just makes everything so smooth and nice. I’m really need my own version of Rabbitbrush to wear in the office in the summer.
My other pattern is really different from the usual kind of thing I do. It’s called Median, and it’s a seamed, loose tank knit in Sincere Sheep Agleam, a wool and tencel blend. This one is knit in four pieces so the center back panel can be a contrasting color without having to fuss with intarsia. After the pieces are knit and seamed, the neckband and cuffs are picked up and knit from the whole piece. This project is a good opportunity to play with color, and it’s super portable.
If you want to learn more about the patterns, you can find a PDF lookbook on Stranded’s website. The issue is $16, comes with all of the patterns as well as articles and tutorials, and it available for only a year. We’ve been hearing great things so far from people who bought it, and I hope you love it just as much.