Buttercup 4ply v-neck Cardigan
Wow. I’ve just realised I haven’t made a blog post in 8 months! This has gone by so quickly, I’ve wanted to write something and share photos, but I had to keep super quiet about what I was spending all my free time making. There will be a lot more about this in the next post!
This post for me to celebrate the fact I finally designed a garment! It’s a very simple 4ply v-neck cardigan, which was exactly what I was looking for at the time and I decided to take the plunge. It wasn’t a particularly big plunge, as I spend all day Monday to Friday checking numbers for other designers’ garments, it just took me a while to get around to working everything out from scratch. And knitting it. And deciding what to do with the neckband.
I digress. I designed this pattern using Knitpicks Palette which is 4ply weight, 100% wool and comes in every colour under the sun. I didn’t even set out to design anything, it was just what I was after at the time, and I found there was a surprisingly small amount of patterns for similar v-neck cardigans in 4ply on Ravelry, so I ended up crunching a few numbers. I’m planning to make at least 3 more, it’s a real staple cardigan and I love the neckline. The yarn is lovely, it knits up really neatly, though I have noticed it start to pill a little so I will keep an eye on that. The best thing is, it’s cheap at £3.75 for 211m/50g balls, and I only needed about 4.5 balls to knit the size 8.
The cardigan is worked flat in stocking stitch with a garter stitch neck band and is sized from a UK 8-26 (bust 81-127cm or 32-50in). The pattern is available in Issue 133 (May 2015) of Simply Knitting magazine, which is out now (in all good newsagents!) or you can buy a digital issue here: