I think I have mentioned my love of cardigans before on this blog. You can wear them with jeans and sneakers for a casual feel or with a skirt and heels for the office. In fact…I am wearing cardigan right now.
The Sea Anemone Jacket by Courtney Spainhower in the Summer 2014 Interweave Knits is no exception to my love of cardigans. In fact, I love it so much I am thinking of casting on and ignoring all my other WIPs.
Knit in Soft Linen, this cardigan will be a year round staple in your wardrobe. I love the fact that it is an oversized cardigan, but doesn’t look frumpy or sloppy. And it has…wait for it…POCKETS! There is nothing I love more than a cardigan with pockets. I don’t know why. It’s not like I am the type of person who puts my hands in my pockets and I am cautious about putting anything heavy in my knitwear that has pockets (as to not stretch them down)…which means they normally are empty. But man…I love me a good pocket.
I am really intrigued by the construction of this piece as well. You start at the lower back and knit up to the shoulder. You then work the each of the fronts separately, while leaving the stitches for the other front on a holder. After both fronts are worked you pick up and knit the ‘collar,’ which grows and becomes the pockets using short rows.
I know that might sound a little complicated, but I think it is one of those things that once you start doing it and have your ‘ah-ha’ moment…it all falls into place. So don’t be intimidated if you don’t understand it right away.
Because it is knit in one piece, there is very little sewing on this piece (something else I believe I have mentioned on this blog is how I love things that require little finishing).
I must dash…off the warehouse to pick out my color of SoftLinen to make this cardigan!
Photos courtesy of Interweave Knits. Joe Hancock, photographer.