Spring is finally popping off here in London; The daffodils, crocuses, and hyacinths are up and there are buds on the trees. We have the perfect transitional weather cardigan for you and a pattern give-away!
Ella is a designer with a modern, mid-century vibe to her designs, which are quirky and fun.
Susan posted a picture of her Confier Cardi on our Instagram feed, a while back, and got loud pleas to release an adult version.
Susan spoke to Ella, and she loved the idea of releasing an adult pattern, in collaboration with Loop.
BC Garn Semilla Grosso
We selected BC Garn’s Semilla Grosso organic wool for the design.
BC Garn is based in Denmark and produces this wonderful, surprisingly soft, GOTS Certified 100% Organic wool. We carry it in a lace, DK and this heavy Aran weight in 33 colours.
Here’s what Ella had to say about the Semilla Grosso,
“I loved working with the Semilla Grosso!It’s wonderful working with a bulky yarn that feels natural and woolly, as well as soft and light.The colour range is fantastic, perfect for lots of colourwork possibilities! I enjoyed the virtuous feeling of knitting with a yarn that has an organic certification! Plus, on a practical level, I always appreciate the instant gratification of bulky knits.”
We agree; There is nothing like getting a cardigan finished in a week or two, especially one as pretty and fancy as this.
Although the Fair Isle is worked back and forth, (you’ll have to work those purl stitches with two colours) it isn’t an all-over pattern, so the slower, colour-work part is over quickly. At least this means no steeking for you Fraidy Cats, scared of cutting into your knits.
Ella’s “Spruce” motif is inspired by Scandinavian designs, with their graphic, symmetrical images of natural subjects.
Susan and Ella selected a neutral grey (101), paired with bright pink (123) for the colour scheme.
But we also love the idea of duck egg blue (120) and brick red (116) too.
Or pair the same red (120) with the neutral grey (101) for a classic look.
When I asked Ella what her favourite neutral colour was, she said,
“I don’t know if I have a favourite – I think I like them all! I do lean towards warmer shades, so a biscuity colour is great but I also love warmer greys.”
Ever since she said that, biscuit has become my favourite word for describing a warm neutral; forget “Oatmeal”.
How about pairing our biscuit (known as acorn 103) with the lovely Duck Egg blue (120).
Since all the Semilla yarns are dyed over the natural sheep-colour base, there are greyish tones peaking through. None of the colours are bright or artificial looking. They look cosy and soft as well as feel it.
We think this is the perfect transitional season cardigan. When it’s time to abandon your winter coat and enjoy a lighter look, this cardigan will keep you cosy, whatever the weather.
Ella, who works from home, in Devon, admits that,
“In warmer weather I like cropped trousers, a vest top and a cardigan with flip flops. Cardigans are my staple year-round favourite item of clothing!”
She says the the Spruce Cardigan is her ideal Spring jacket; the perfect combination of smart and comfortable.
Ella, we agree. Roll on Spring!
We will give away 3 PDF copies of the pattern on Monday, March 27th. To win a copy, leave a comment on the blog or on Instagram with the hashtag #LoopLovesSpruce. Good luck!