Classic Elite Yarns



Issue 342 – Sprout Cardigan

Minimal finishing makes this Sprout cardigan quick to knit. The cardiganís garter stitch fronts and collar are worked sideways, then the back and sleeves are picked up from the collar and the cardigan is finished in one piece. Wear it open at the front, belted or fastened with a pin.

Susan Mills   

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The Yarn


100% organic cotton

Sprout is a soft, cushy organic yarn with a slightly nubby texture. One of its best features is that it stays lofty, unlike many worsted-plus weight cotton yarns that tend to be heavy and dense once knit. Sprout is spun from Tanguis cotton. This stout hardy cotton plant was developed in the early 1900’s. The plant’s ubiquitous presence and dependability have earned it the title “white gold” from the farmers who plant and harvest it.

Sprout is available in a bright-and-lively palette and it’s machine washable. Add to this the wonderful soft texture, strength, and the light yet quick-to-knit gauge and it is easy to see why Sprout makes a great choice. For those looking for the same great yarn in a lighter weight, check out Seedling.

Silhouettes – our newest book of designs

Let them take a day off, run up the beach, roll down the dunes and play to their hearts content. This month we are celebrating our easy-care yarns in our newest book, A Day at the Beach. We've filled the book with activity-friendly pieces for kids and adults that are made with machine washable yarns.

The Lindsay Dress and Top (top row) are both knit in Seedling, showing off both a solid and a handpainted shade. Waves of texture accent the piece, which has a keyhole at the neck that can be worn at the front or in the back. Finish the top with an I-cord tie knotted at the keyhole or on one shoulder.

Knit in Sprout, McKenzie is a simple yet-sophisticated pullover (for adults) or cardigan (for children) that has an A-line shape. Pick two coordinating colors, two colors with a high contrast or knit in the piece in a single shade. It is a perfect layering piece that'll be a favorite for the cool days of summer.

Visit our A Day at the Beach page for more information about each of these and other designs featured in the book.

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