Chris de Longpre

for Knitting at KNoon   2008


"Texture and openwork in a feminine, easy-to-wear cardigan, with narrow ribbing repeating the lace motif and a pretty tie closure at neck," reports de Longpre. In fact, this beauty does the almost impossible. It makes a simple straightforward silhouette-- set-in sleeves, straight back neck-- with basic knitting techniques into something delicate and magical. No buttonholes to fuss with, only the wee ties. (Remember Audrey Hepburn's cocktail dress in Sabrina, with the ties that 'discreetly asked to be undone'? Same thing here.) Rich in easy detail, but fundamentally an easy knit too.

Pattern Detail

  • no charts
  • schematics included
  • sewing required
  • fall/winter
  • straight (flat)
  • finished 32", 36", 40", 44", 48"; see data page
  • digital PDF has 4 pages (letter size)
  • intermediate
    • 4 x 4 in
    • 5.0 mm
    • US 8
    • 22.0 over pattern
Click below for more images and yarn requirements
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Wednesday, April 20 2011, 11:02

I am a new knitter and this is/was my first sweater! It knits up in one piece, until just under the arms then continues up both sides of the front, and the back, separately. The sleeves are done seperately also.

After about a month-in-a-half of knitting, I have it all done except for the last three-to-four inches of the LAST sleeve and ran out of yarn!!! I bought what they called for and ran out. I am sooooooo disappointed! I need yarn to finish the last sleeve and for the trim around the neckline and the tie, so there's not getting out of it. There is no more of this dye lot at my local store, so now I need to hunt it down.

Other than that little fiasco, it is absolutely GORGEOUS! The sleeves were a might monotonous but the body was a dream to knit and it looks so pretty. I'm a little nervous about putting it all together but I think it will be ok. Besides, it is for my 87 year-old-Grandmother, so that is a great motivator.

The directions were really clear and easy to follow. Just make sure to keep count really well on the increases and decreases of the sleeves.


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