Designer Feature

knit.wear Wool Studio / Falmouth Cardigan

I am proud to be a part of the inaugural Wool Studio collection, put out by Interweave as a sub-section of the now-classic knit.wear magazine. Wool Studio is a little bit different in that it is presented as a digital lookbook, with 9 designs in curated yarns and one cohesive theme.

In her introductory letter, Meghan Babin, editor, says:

Many months ago, when the team was brainstorming Wool Studio, the aesthetic quickly became clear: less is more. We wanted simple silhouettes and intuitive designs that would let the fibers shine on a stripped-down canvas. In this first Wool Studio capsule collection, every design element has a purpose: to enhance and showcase the yarn.

For my contribution to the issue, the Falmouth Cardigan, I wanted to create an oversized vest that acted as both casual layering piece and sophisticated garment in one. Designed using The Fibre Co. Arranmore, the end result is light, warm, and versatile. The vest is knit in pieces and seamed, with dramatic short rows at the shoulder to create the cocoon shape. Once the fronts and back are complete, stitches are picked up to work a wide collar. Following the theme of the issue, I kept the stitch patterns really simple in order to let the tweedy texture of the yarn stand out. There are a multitude of ways to style a vest like this, and you can really dress it up or down depending on how you want to wear it!

 The Fibre Co. Arranmore: Glenveagh Castle, 5 (5, 6, 6, 6, 7) skeins.
Gauge: 14 sts and 20 rows = 4″ in St st on larger needle.
Needles: Size 8 (5 mm): 60″ circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Size 9 (5.5 mm): 40″ cir.
Size: 40 (44.5. 49. 51.5, 56, 60.5)” hip measurement. Cardigan shown measures 44.5″,  modeled with 8.5″of positive ease.

You can view the lookbook for the collection here, and it is available to purchase as a whole via Interweave here, or by clicking the “Purchase Now” links on the individual pages. Enjoy!

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