2 May 2016

NEW PATTERN – Eleanor on Holiday

 Eleanor on Holiday pattern on Ravelry

About a couple years back, Fyberspates Vivacious caught my eye at a wool show and without a plan of any kind I bought two skeins of this delicious azure blue. It sat in the box for a very long time and eventually decided to become a cardigan. The limited amount of yarn, however, meant that the design had to be approached with a lot of forethought and planning. And the result is something I am very proud of – whilst most of my top down raglans boast 'little finishing', this one literally has only the weaving in of tail ends to do once the knitting's finished. There's no attaching of the front band, no sewing of underarms closed, there's nothing aside from hiding of the yarn ends.

 Eleanor on Holiday pattern on Ravlery
Eleanor on Holiday begins with a provisional cast on. The provisional cast on forms the base for the faux seam of the back neck and is the reason for it looking virtually fluid at the back. Full instructions with photographs on provisional cast-on are included in the pattern, but if you need a more comprehensive guide there is a couple of tutorials coving the technique on this site as well.
 Eleanor on Holiday pattern on Ravelry
The back of the neck is knitted first here and is the only marginally fiddly part of the cardigan. Once the back of the neck rectangle is finished, the yoke is knitted down towards the armholes – shaped with simple increases to create a raglan. Those lace panels, adorning the front, are worked simultaneously with the body.
  Eleanor on Holiday pattern on Ravelry
The top sizes also feature some waist shaping for a better fit.
 Eleanor on Holiday pattern on Ravelry
The cardigan is knitted using 4ply Fyberspates Vivacious, a gorgeous hand-dyed yarn with gentle variegation. It can be knitted in a solid colour as well and the very top size only uses 3 skeins (just under 1000 yards) of 4ply.

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