New pattern release : Augustin
What a pleasure to write to you today to announce the release of my last knitting pattern: the Augustin cardigan!
This time I wanted to focus on a project for … little boys (or girls too! Because it’s not because it features a shawl collar that a girl couldn’t wear it)! Having a little girl, I have to confess that I’m mostly getting my inspiration from her, and that’s the reason why I like to design little girls knitting patterns. But I also know how hard it is sometimes to find cute patterns for boys. You can find some of course! But the choice is still smaller than for girls. And as a few of my friends are expecting boys I thought… come on Anna, you can do this!
For this pattern, I wanted to design a cardigan. Not a jacket, not a big sweater, but a little thin and vintage cardigan that your little ones could wear in winter with warm yarn, but also in the summer in cotton, cotton merino or even cotton bambou for example. A pattern that you could use as a good basic all year round. This pattern is available in the following sizes : 3 (6, 12, 18) months (2, 4, 6, 8) years in French and English.
Augustin cardigan features stockinette sleeves, and an american moss stitch on the body. The raglans are knitted with a slip stitch, and it has a shawl collar. The finishes of the body, sleeves and collar are ribbing 1/1.
This pattern is knitted from bottom to top : the sleeves are knitted in the round, and the body back and forth. The different parts are then joined together, and raglan decreases are made to shape the neckline. Finally, the stitches of the front are picked-up to knit the shawl collar and button plackets at the same time. The underarms are then closed by a grafting.The recommended gauge for this pattern is 26 stitches x 36 stitches in american moss stitch, as well as stockinette stitch in the round. For an optimal result of the american moss stitch, the yarn weight recommended is Sport (gauge usually 24 stitches for 10cm in 4mm needles), knitted in 3.5mm needles (or another size that will match the gauge). The outcome on a fingering weight yarn (26-28 stitches per 10 cm) may be a little too loose for the american moss stitch.
The little boy on the pictures is wearing a size 3 months, and the cardigan is knitted in baby Alpaca from ‘La Bobineuse de Laine’.My prototype version was knitted in Phil caresse yarn, from Phildar. My tester Alexandra knitted this pattern in size 4 years, in the yarn Calinou, from Bergère de France (yellow), while Emilie knitted it in size 2 years for her son with the yarn Merino 150 from Lang. As mentioned above, this pattern is available in French but also in English. It is intended for people of intermediate level in knitting in knitting. Indeed, it has some challenges that would probably be too difficult for beginners (short rows, raglans and neckline decreases…).
I hope you like this pattern! You can now find it on Ravelry.
Last thing, would you be interested in a Knit Along for this pattern? Leave me your opinion in comment!