Say hello to the Mabel Cardigan in Linea Botanica by Rico Yarns.
We are so proud to present to you the latest pattern by Fiona Alice in collaboration with Susan Cropper of Loop London. Susan wanted to offer a baby pattern knit in this wonderful new yarn and had been knitting a version of Mairlynd’s Moonraker Shawl – she was completely smitten with the cluster stitches used in that pattern and thought it would make a natural lovely yoke for a cardigan. With a few sketches back and forth between the two, Fiona set her skills to work.
Fiona tells us a little about her thoughts and process behind the design.
Mabel was truly a collaboration between Susan and myself. Susan presented me with the idea to do a baby cardigan – actually my first cardigan of any size. I decided it was time to venture into the world of jumper design. We began by talking about her favourite stitches and textures and after that discussion, I was able to run with ideas.
I knew I would be using Rico’s new Linea Botanica. Immediately I felt that these natural and delicate shades would find a special home in Loop’s colour palette. So I decided to let myself be inspired by the shop. I don’t have any small children in my close circle of family and friends so therefore I haven’t been inspired to design many baby patterns. I wanted a cardigan that would embody Loop’s vintage and playful aesthetic. I also drew inspiration from the many knitters who I’ve helped during my time on the shop floor. Novice learners to master gurus have passed through Loop’s doors and I wanted a design that might peak the interest of both categories of knitters. Hopefully adventurous beginners will be excited to tackle new stitches while enjoying the easy construction of a top-down cardigan. Perhaps experienced knitters will be intrigued by the detailed yoke and then a fast and simple knit for the remainder. Loop and I are quite excited to present Mabel to you, my first cardigan. Mabel, as a name, means loveable and dear, and it is my hope that this new design lives up to its name!
Fiona is a brilliant designer from Nova Scotia, Canada, (and former Loopette!). She is the designer behind the beautiful new pattern ‘Phos’, knit in Chickadee by Quince & Co that is in the new Autumn 16 edition of Amirisu as well as our very own Blossom Bunting – another free pattern on our blog here, knit in The Border Mill for Loop. Fiona is currently back home in Nova Scotia but is hoping to return to London and Loop soon.
Fiona Alice is also the author of Take Heart: A Transatlantic Knitting Journey – the very first book from Pom Pom press and a book we adore at Loop.
We loved this new Rico yarn as soon as we saw it. 100% Organic wool and dyed with all natural dyes – what’s not to love? And it’s perfect for knitting and crochet for babies and children. It’s all natural right down to the labels and comes in six beautifully organic colours.
Here’s a short video tutorial on how to do the Cluster Stitch:
And what could be better than a free pattern this adorable? Well a giveaway of course! We have 3 skeins of the Linea Botanica up for grabs, enough to make either of the first three sizes. Simply comment below and tell us why you’d love to knit this lovely cardigan. This week you can even double your chance of winning by reposting our image on Instagram and make sure you use the hashtag #LoopMabelCardigan to enter the draw. This giveaway has now ended.
To download the pattern, simply click right here or on the image below.
Errata: There’s an error on the sleeve measurements in this pattern. They should be 13 (15, 18, 23) cm / 5 (6, 7, 9)”.
Updated PDF will follow shortly.
This pattern was designed by Fiona Alice for Loop, London. 2016
Photography and Styling by Susan Cropper. Tech edit by Rachel Atkinson.
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You may not sell a garment made from this pattern. You may not reproduce this in print or for a website.
It may not be translated, reproduced or circulated in another language without prior agreement.
Thank you and enjoy your knitting!