New Design: Jackson Creek Cardigan

Dear knitters, it’s been about a month since I introduced you to the first Urban Collection, Volume 2 patterns, which means it’s about time to add more to the mix! I’ve got a new cardigan pattern to show off to you today (never fear, it will shortly be followed by some accessory-sized companions as well). Presenting the Jackson Creek cardigan! (Ravelry link – pattern is currently available on Ravelry only while the collection builds to completion, then all patterns and collection will be available on Patternfish as well, in May.)

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The collection patterns are getting gradually lighter as we move towards spring, and nothing is quite as satisfying as a new spring cardi. 3/4 sleeves! Scoop neck! DK-weight yarn instead of worsted or chunky! All signs point to spring comfort. And I am told that spring will indeed arrive eventually around these parts, despite the grey clouds and lingering patches of snow that seem to persist around here.
No matter, for we have yarn and can knit our way into a new season!

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This cardigan takes its name from a public trail in Peterborough, one of my favourite knitterly towns in Ontario. It’s the place to be when the weather gets warmer, and can take you from a park in the downtown right on out towards the marshes and rural routes. All in all a nice spring image to knit by, no?

I’m keeping the cabled love going and showing off some nice fluid, vertical, flattering vertical cable panels on the cardigan front, and keeping the rest simple with stockinette sleeves and back. It’s worked in pieces (always an ideal option when making sweaters with superwash wool) from the bottom up and then seamed together before working the button-band. Although I’ve used 3/4 sleeves here for a spring/transitional season style, this could easily be modified for full sleeves for an even warmer look.

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The Jackson Creek cardigan is written for eight sizes, between 32 and 53 ins at bust circumference (when worn closed), and I recommend this for zero ease or slight negative ease, or to preferred comfort. It’s a comfortable but flattering option for your wardrobe, perhaps for workdays or cafe visits, or whenever you feel like a cardigan-and-jeans kind of day. (I have already road-tested mine as a cafe cardigan. It works.)

Thank you once again to Tanis for the beautiful yarn (shown here in Yellow Label DK in sand), to Austen for modelling (in unfortunately less-than-spring-like temperatures, even), and Maureen Hannon for technical editing.

Enjoy, dear knitters! And have a great weekend. You’ll be hearing from me again soon. ;) Happy knitting!

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21 responses to “New Design: Jackson Creek Cardigan

  1. It’s lovely and so perfect for spring.

  2. Beautiful design. I love the cables!

  3. Stunning design Glenna, especially when there’s cables involved :)

  4. Annette

    It’s beautiful! I love all of you cable designs. :)

  5. Ann

    What a lovely design!

  6. It’s beautiful! I can’t wait to make one of my own.

  7. Gorgeous! And I might even have the right yarn for it. That NEVER happens…

  8. what a lovely and flattering cardigan! I love all the 0 ease pieces! great job, just put it into my faves at Ravelry!

  9. Sue

    I was just on your Ravelry page and it occurs to me, looking at all the beautiful knits you have designed and knitted ….You have one incredible wardrobe of kick ass hand knits! Here here woman, GREAT JOB! I defy anyone to look on your projects page and not drool–and not leave jonesing knitting a new anythingyoucangetyourhandson!! You are truly an inspiration! Have a great holiday!

  10. That is just my kind of sweater. Most of your designs are just my kind of thing, actually ;)
    Lovely!

  11. Beautiful! Those cables look really fun!

  12. Oh this is lovely! I was looking and looking for an interesting cabled cardi to knit and this is exactly what I wanted! I am so happy that I did not cast on for anything yet, it’s like I was waiting for this pattern.

  13. Gorgeous! I love that it’s got those beautiful cables to keep things interesting, but they’re not visually distracting.

  14. Very beautiful! I wonder, why do you say super wash wool is better suited for knitting sweaters in pieces? Just curious and unschooled on this.

  15. A fine question!

    Superwash wool gets its machine-washable qualities from having had its wooly fuzzy scales removed from the fiber, which allows it to not felt when washed. However, this also takes away some of the loft and airy-ness from the spun fiber, which means it will hang/drape more heavily when knitted up. This means that a seamless sweater knit in superwash wool (particularly slightly thicker yarns like DK, worsted, and so on) is more likely to be come saggy or misshapen than a seamed sweater. Seams produce a helpful amount of structure. Similarly, alpaca or alpaca blends, and silk or silk blends, would benefit from seamed garments rather than seamless. ;)

    G

  16. I love your patterns! How often do you use stitch markers for your patterns. I would love to know what you think of my designs! http://www.charmedknitting.co.uk – Sophie

  17. It looks fab. May have to give it a go :-)

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  20. Your designs are lovely!