The National Needle Arts Association (TNNA) trade show was held last weekend in beautiful San Diego, California. Although the San Diego weather was lovely, convention centers can be a bit chilly due to the air conditioning. Knowing that I’d be inside most of the day, I was inspired to design a short-sleeve cardigan suitable for a cool indoors. As I mentioned in a previous web-letter, I am currently obsessed with Classic Elite's Ariosa. I just can’t knit with it enough!
To keep things simple, I used an easy lace stitch pattern and shaped the waist with a ribbed band. It knitted up quickly and I had it ready in plenty of time. The sweater can be worn open or belted. I opted to wear it unbelted this weekend and it proved to be the perfect garment for the convention center during the day and, later, around the town, at night.
Now that I'm back in chilly Lowell, I can layer it over something long sleeved to keep my core warm.
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Ariosa 90% extrafine merino, 10% cashmere
Although Ariosa is composed of wonderfully warm fibers, it’s not a heavy yarn. The gentle twist allows lots of air between the fibers, to keep it lofty and light. Ariosa knits up between 3½ and 4 sts per inch. Even though it is not tightly twisted, stitches knit in Ariosa are smooth enough to show off stitch patterns nicely.
In this pattern, Cecily used short rows to add some extra height to the back of the collar. This is a great first time short row project; the light twist of Ariosa and the placement of the short rows in the back of the collar help to hide any mishaps.
View our tutorial on working short rows.
Here is the free downloadable Ariosa Wrap Cardi pattern.
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