We're almost there! And: the fourth #SustainablistDesignVote voting is now open!
Last week's #SustainablistDesignVote was centred around body and sleeve construction, and with a whopping 47.5% you decided on a top-down raglan cardigan. Over the last couple of days, we had a few additional polls on Instagram where you voted for a V-neck button-down option. So that's what my design ideas, inspired by the story you chose in our second voting, are based on! This is a step of the process that usually only very few people – our team and the yarn companies we team up with – see, so I'm super happy to be able to share about it with you today!
You can see sketches of both ideas I'd like to propose above – both designs will be symmetrical, so what you see on the left half (when worn) is what the entire cardigan will look like, and what you see on the other half is meant to give you a better idea of the fit and construction. Now let's get into the details, shall we?
Design 1, on the left above, is meant to be the epitome of comfort. Allover brioche or fisherman's rib makes for the squishiest fabric, adorned with a diagonal detail that travels from the raglan line towards the sides of the fronts. Subtle balloon sleeves add to the cardigan's modern feel and cosy factor. As for construction, you begin with the back neckband, then pick up stitches for the body and continue to work body, sleeves and neckband in one piece until you divide body and sleeves at the underam. Once you completed the body, you'll only have to work the sleeves in the round to the cuffs - no seaming, no attached neckband! If you haven't tried brioche just yet, this would be an excellent first project. Knit up during the colder months, infused with dear memories, this design will be perfect to cuddle up in at home and for everyday outfits just as it'll work beautifully with for a night out and special occasions.
Design 2, on the right above, is rather understated at first glance. Details such as the modified raglan constructions where increases on body and sleeves are worked asymmetrically and a combination of vertical and horizontal lines on hem and cuffs add interest, while still keeping this cardigan a beginner-friendly project. As for construction, you cast on stitches for body and sleeves and work them in one piece until you divide body and sleeves. The neckband ist picked up and worked last. Lots of stockinette stitch make this design an excellent choice to showcase a beautiful yarn as well as for knitters who enjoy "mindless" projects. Just like Design 1, this design, too, stems from the idea of creating a minimalist, versatile piece that'll stand out while still being wearable enough to last you for a long time.
Vote for your choice below (select only one, please!), and then make sure to come back early next week when our next voting will be all about choosing a yarn for our cardigan!
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