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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Apogee Cardigan is finally here

For those of you who have been following The Great Design Project, you know that I finally decided to tackle my fears and design a sweater for the first time.  You know it was a long and complicated road filled with major screw ups and small victories.  You know that I ran into some trouble with grading this pattern and went through a few editors before I was able to get it all worked out.  By the time everything was finished, it was almost May and I decided to wait to release this pattern because the weather would be getting warmer and no one would be thinking about cardigans.

And then I realized that I've been in a sweater almost every day so far this summer.  That's when it hit me.  And I decided to just go for it and release the Apogee Cardigan pattern.  After all, if you live in New England (or on the other side of the world), it's cold where you are.  And if you don't, you're probably running into air conditioned buildings where you're freezing and you could use a sweater.  And I happen to have a nice pattern for a sweater, so I think it works out nicely :)

The Apogee cardigan is the first in a series of sweater designs written for tall knitters (5' 10" - 6' 6").  It includes standard sizing as well.  It's a top-down, v-neck, raglan sweater with cable details along the raglan, sides, and under the sleeves.  The cables provide waist shaping without any effort on the knitter's part.  They flow seamlessly into the ribbing (cause who likes cables that get cut off at the knees by the ribbing?).  It's closed with toggles and i-cord loops, so you don't even have to worry about working buttonholes :)

Charts are provided for the cables and are placed on the last page so that you can decide whether you want to print them or not.  Tall sizes are broken down by height and bust size.  Find your bust size along the top, find hour height along the side, and when your fingers meet in the middle you've found your numbers (just like old school multiplication tables).  And no worries if you'd prefer a pullover...because I've got a separate pattern for that and I'll release that when the weather cools off a little bit more :)

I hope you enjoy this pattern!  I definitely enjoyed the challenge of creating it.

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