“Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa…you’re so like the lady with a mystic smile.”

I think it is a good possibility that the robe that Mona Lisa was wearing in the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci had a hood. There is something so enigmatic about a hood. You have the opportunity to be extra mysterious, scandalous or maybe a little introverted. Maybe that is what she is trying to hide with her smile?

Personally, I love a good hoodie. And the hoodie on the Mona Lisa cardigan is just one of the many reasons I love this pattern from our newest book, Portraits.


The cardigan is knit in Wynter, a bulky alpaca and wool blend. The stitch definition on this yarn really makes the diagonal pattern that Tonia Barry used in this design pop. I really love the way that she changed direction of the stitch at the center back to make a V-shape, which is echoed at the side seams and on the hood.


In addition to the cardigan, there is a pullover version of this sweater knit in Blackthorn (did you know that Blackthorn and Wynter are interchangeable? Blackthorn is part of our MountainTop Collection of natural yarns and is the same base as Wynter.) The pullover features a flattering neckline and is also a great layering piece.


Whether you choose to knit the pullover or the cardigan version of this sweater, you are sure to love it. The stitch pattern gives this simple silhouette a little extra flair, without making it too difficult. Knit at a bulky gauge, it will go fast and keep you (or the lucky recipient of the FO) toasty this winter. 

Check your LYS for a copy of Portraits, there are lots of great designs in this book that are in bulky yarns…so you’ll be sure to whip them up in no time!

Knit on!

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