Agutter is the cardigan I have always been searching for, combining both a contemporary and vintage aesthetic and a casual yet elegant silhouette. I have been waiting for a chance for a long time to design it and finally with the arrival of Excelana DK I got the opportunity.
Agutter is knitted in 4 separate pieces from the bottom up, the seams integral to providing structure to the cardigan and ensuring a long life. The pattern is written for 11 sizes from 30-50 inch (76 – 81 cm) and can be worn closely fitted by knitting the recommended size for you or more sloppy and slouchy by choosing a slightly larger size as demonstrated by our model. It is knitted using Excelana DK 100% British wool and is shown in Powdered Egg. The yarn has great stitch definition so is perfect for the large lace motif running down the cardigan. It is also wonderfully soft, just what you need for your favourite cardigan.
It is knitted to a 23 st tension on 4mm needles so knits up pretty quickly – especially when you spend your time on much smaller needles. The lace pattern is a delight to knit and is very quick to learn.
The lace pattern is shown as both written and charted instructions.
Charlie is modelling Agutter in the photos wearing a size 38 inch as she particularly wanted the cardigan to have a bit of a ‘sloppy Joe’ feel, whilst still looking smart. The large arrow head lace pattern is worked down the centre back and a single repeat is also worked on each side of the front. Rather than a ribbed welt and band a slip stitch mock rib is worked integral to the main pieces. The cardigan is fastened with clear plastic poppers which have beautiful vintage buttons sewn in place over them.
I shot the photographs once again at our local botanical gardens, using the exquisite wrought iron entrance gates as a backdrop for the cardigan. I am so lucky to have two stunning victorian parks within walking distance of my house. It certainly makes finding a good location for a photoshoot easier!
The printed pattern will be available ONLY to Woolfest customers this weekend, before being released generally on Monday 1st July. Woolfest takes place this Friday and Saturday – 28th & 29th June, in Cockermouth, Cumbria and you can find me on both these days on stand no D80-81 so please do come and say hello. In addition to Agutter there will be other extra special goodies for the show which I will tell you all about tomorrow.
Agutter pattern details
Sizes: 76, 81, 86, 92, 97, 102, 107, 112, 117, 122, 127 cm (30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50 in)
Yarn: Excelana Luxury DK 100% British wool,
7 (7, 7, 9, 9, 10, 11, 11, 12, 13, 14) balls shade Powdered Egg
Needles:1 pair 4mm needles (plus 1 spare needle for three needle cast off)
Tension: 23 sts and 29 rows = 10cm (4in) using 4mm needles over stocking stitch
Other Materials: 4 large clear plastic press studs; 4 buttons
Print pattern £5
Download pattern £4
With special thanks to the all equally wonderful:
Model: Charlie Moon
Graphic Designer: Gavin Crawford
Tech Editor: Kate Atherley
Agutter is now available to download from my ravelry shop
for only £4
You can purchase the pattern here.
so for now,
All images copyright Susan Crawford 2013