Posted on July 26, 2014 at 8:06 pm
The longest percolating idea included in the Knitscene collection is the Dauphine Cardigan. It’s been at the top of my design queue since I discovered the stitch pattern while swatching with some Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky I had picked up on sale about a year before.
I have something of a leitmotif when it comes to sweater construction: be it a raglan, a seamless yoke, or a traditional set-in sleeve, any interest immediately goes in the upper third of the body. Most of my work starts there, and the rest of the sweater fills in after. So it was with this one. Stitch pattern? Next to the face.
The Northampton turned out to have more hand in the fabric than the sketch would suggest, so the sweater became more fitted on the needles. I had originally thought of it as a buttonless cardigan, more A-line in silhouette, but the yarn turned it into the fitted version, which honestly suits more body types than my original idea would have.
The vertical ribs surprised me in the knitting, as I hadn’t expected them to be so dramatic. Julie Matthews calls them “corset boning” in the article, which I quite agree with. I’m looking forward to seeing this worked up in darker colors, like the Merlot or the Dark Green Heather.
The hat version of the Dauphine stitch pattern practically knit itself, as the ribbing lent itself organically to the crown decreases. Since this was “a collection”, I thought it would be important to carry one design idea between two garments, and this stitch pattern was a lucky strike. Worked up in Kelbourne Woolen’s magical yarn, Savannah, it can be easily sized up or down thanks to the flexibility of that particular yarn which looks perfect from 25 to 28 stitches to the 4″ measurement.
Which means that I would knit it for myself on a US size 6 (I made the 22″ magazine sample on a US 5) to fit my 23″ noggin. And I would also work an additional repeat of the diamonds since I like a longer fit over my ears.
I am so grateful to the Knitscene team for their beautiful work on the photography and the styling. As I think I’ve said before (many times), the lighting and makeup really captured the theme perfectly. Julie did a great job with the article, which I have to admit is a marvel since I feel like I was a terrible interview. But she knows me better than just our session together, thankfully. There will be a thread in the Ravelry Group for knitters who are looking for support or company for all of the Knitscene designs. Come say hi if you’re casting on for fall!