Teazel Cardigan

Introducing Teazel, the latest fabulous addition to our ever growing collection of Loop patterns. Pretty pops of lace curve round the swingy silhouette of this gorgeous cardigan designed for us by the talented Bristol Ivy.
 Teazel Cardigan by Bristol Ivy for Loop, London
Bristol’s patterns draw on her interest in tailoring, focusing on structured lines and flattering shapes and Teazel is no exception. With the eyelet details swooping down to a soft flared shape, the cardigan shows the subtly hand dyed variation of Shalimar Breathless Cush (shown here in the colour Foggy Bottom).
Shalimar Breathless Cush in Foggy Bottom and (top-bottom) Whales Tails, Driftwood, Parma Violets. Loop, London
Shalimar Breathless Cush in Foggy Bottom and (top-bottom) Whales Tails, Driftwood, Parma Violets.
Want to know more? Well, who better to tell us about the design than Bristol herself!

Hi Bristol! For those who don’t know you and your work, what’s an average day for you?
One of the cool (and sometimes exasperating!) things about running my own business is that there’s no real average day! I have a studio office in downtown Portland, Maine, about half a mile from my house, so typically during the week I try to walk there around 9:30 or 10.  From there, it’s a big shuffle of email, pattern math, class development, social media, pattern proofing, more email, swatching, and pretty much bottomless cups of tea.  I daily feel lucky that I am getting to do what I love!
Shalimar Breathless Cush (L-R) Juniper Berry, Shrimp Kiss, Damson.
Shalimar Breathless Cush (L-R) Juniper Berry, Shrimp Kiss, Damson.
 Tell us the story of how the design for Teazel started? A little birdie told us it was all the way back in the summer of 2015 at trade fair TNNA?
Yes! I ran into Susan within about an hour of arriving in Columbus for TNNA.  We had met the previous year when I came to the UK for Unwind Brighton, and had been corresponding as part of my previous job with Brooklyn Tweed.  I’ve long been an admirer of Loop and its aesthetic, and especially how beautifully they style and present their patterns and goods.  When Susan asked if I’d like to collaborate, I jumped at the chance! She had her eye on Shalimar’s new yarn, Breathless Cush, and once I squeezed it (it’s so squishy!) I knew it’d be perfect for a cozy but still stylish sweater.  We talked then and there about a drapey, slightly cropped cardigan, and I went home and started playing around with how to put that shape together with my aesthetic. Teazel is the result!
Teazel by Bristol Ivy for Loop in Shalimar Breathless Cush. Loop, London
Teazel shown with Flower Cluster Pin
Teazel has several unique details such as a touch of lace and its swingy shape – what are your favourite aspects of the design?  And we always love to know why knitters chose the names they do for patterns, so why the name Teazel?
I’m particularly fond of the yoke on Teazel, as well as the pops of eyelet lace at all the edgings.  The yoke was a lot of fun to figure out! I love that there are just certain ratios that work with garments; on paper, Teazel is constructed pretty much like a typical, basic raglan sweater, just with the yarnovers in slightly different places. 
Teazel by Bristol Ivy for Loop, London
It leads to a sweeping, feminine yoke that follows through throughout the body shaping.  I’m definitely going to keep playing with that shaping in further garments! And the eyelet lace edgings just feel so fun and fresh—there’s something about it that just makes me think of polka dots and springtime.   I think it would be easy for the sweater to feel heavy, since it’s a thicker yarn and an oversized shape, but the lace edgings keep it light and feminine.
Teasel in Bloom
Teasel in Bloom
The name was inspired by that eyelet lace, actually; I came across a photo of the teazel plant a while ago and was struck by the geometry and precision of the burrs on the bloom after flowering.  The swooping, slightly curving lines of the sepals under the bloom also echoed the yoke and body shaping, so it felt like a match made in heaven!
Shalimar Breathless Cush (L-R) Wisteria, Citrine, Slag. Loop, London
Shalimar Breathless Cush (L-R) Wisteria, Citrine, Slag.
Teazel uses the Shalimar Breathless Cush, which gives this cardie such a beautifully subtle drape and soft texture. What did you love about using Breathless Cush for this project?
Shalimar Breathless Cush (L-R) Love Potion, Petal, Shortcake. Loop, London
Shalimar Breathless Cush (L-R) Love Potion, Petal, Shortcake.
This yarn was so much fun to work with! I love the depth of colour—it always looked slightly different depending on the light, with so many facets and different hues.  It also did whatever I asked of it beautifully: lace, ribbing, beautiful clean stockinette.  I am looking forward to getting the chance to play with it again!
Shalimar Breathless Cush (L-R) Sedge, Mole, Bees Knees. Loop, London
Shalimar Breathless Cush (L-R) Sedge, Mole, Bees Knees
Well, soon you’ll be able to see the full range of colours that Loop stocks very soon as you are visiting us in London this weekend! You’re teaching three classes, Knitting Outside the Box, Brioche, Shawl Shapes (and at the moment there is one place left one each one – click on any class to head to the online shop to book!)
I’m so excited to come visit Loop! I’m a huge fan of locally produced yarns, so I’ll have my eye out for anything beautifully British to come home with me.  As for my classes, I have such a great time teaching. 
Shalimar Breathless Cush (L-R) Scarab, Mandarin, Bird Cage. Loop, London
Shalimar Breathless Cush (L-R) Scarab, Mandarin, Bird Cage

I love showing people that they are in charge of their knitting and that they don’t have to be afraid to experiment and try new things.  Even if it doesn’t succeed the first time, at the end of the day you are still left with two sticks and some string and you can try again tomorrow! It’s the ultimate no risk artform and you can take that in so many amazing directions.  Really looking forward to it!

Teazel Cardigan by Bristol Ivy for Loop, London in Shalimar Breathless Cush. Loop, London
Thank you Bristol! Our heartfelt thanks to Bristol for her gorgeous design. Also thank you to Kristin Perers for her beautiful photography and Susan Cropper for the shoot styling. Copyright of all pictures belongs to Loop Knitting Ltd.
Printed versions of Teazel are available to purchase now from our online shop and PDFs can be bought via Ravelry.
Or why not enter our giveaway to win a copy of Teazel for yourself? Leave a comment on this post letting us know what yummy shade of Shalimar Breathless Cush you would chose. This competition will close on Wednesday 16th March at midnight and we will announce the winner on next week’s blog. Good Luck! This competition is now closed
Happy Knitting and Crocheting!

183 Comments on “Teazel Cardigan

  1. What a gorgeous design! I love the colour chosen, it really is a beautiful, versatile garment. If I won the pattern I would make it in the same colour exactly. Perfect!

  2. Fantastic pattern! After careful consideration, I think it would have to be Bluecrop for me – such an interesting and unusual shade.

  3. Oh yes, that Foggy Bottom is the color of green I ALWAYS choose. But if I were to leave my safe colors I would choose Mole or Scarab. Love the pattern and the yarns. Thanks for the enlightening interview and the great giveaway!

  4. The yarn looks gorgeously soft. I would love to squish it for myself. :) The colours are amazing – bright, rich jewel-like shades. I have fallen in love with a few straight away – Bing, Foggy Bottom, Primula.. If I won the pattern I would make my Teazel cardigan in Whale Tales – I can already imagine this colour combined with many garments in my wardrobe.

  5. Teazel? Has to be a combination of bee’s knees for the cardigan, with parma violet for the lace collar and sleeve edgings..
    This is a fine coincidence – spent yesterday planting teasel seedlings I’ve grown out into the garden: the finches love them!

  6. Wow, four of my favorite things, Loop, Bristol Ivy designs, plants and yarn, wow! I love the citron and love potion color ways but it was really hard to choose, they are all lovely!!

  7. I love this pattern and would also love to try this yarn! Such a hard choice, but I’m drawn to Whale’s Tail right now. Thanks for the generous giveaway!

  8. Has to be whales tails for me…..I NEED a blue cardigan BADLY
    (Would settle for bird cage or petal if I came second….)

  9. Love, love, love the pattern! I think I would choose Bees knees or Mole but I am honestly not sure too many choices!

  10. Lovely pattern which has jumped to the top of my queue! I would go for the Bees Knees colourway although almost impossible to choose!

  11. Wow! So many lush shades to choose from, but I think I’d go for Scarab if pushed (or maybe Juniper Berry??!) :)

  12. I would love to make the cardigan in citris and then think off your shop and yarn every time I put it on.

  13. Wow, I just love this. I would choose ‘scarab’ – and if I can get through my long knitting queue, I might just have to get going on this project. It looks lovely and squishy!

  14. Bravo to Ivy on a brilliant design with just enough details to make the knitting interesting. I would choose Scarab for this card, because it seems just a little bit mysterious.

    Wish I could be in London for the classes!


  15. Ohhhh! really really “primaveroso” (springy? springish??)! I’d love to knit it in Whales Tails, should I win the pattern!

  16. A gorgeous design, love the flow of the yarn. The colourway I would choose would be Candelabra…or Vintage Brass.

  17. I wear a lot of darker olive greens, and love lighter golden greens, but have been timid to try them. So I am drawn to Foggy Bottom, especially because I lived in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood in Washington, DC, where I attended university. (Hopefully this posts – my last try with my whole name, Mary Ann, didn’t post, so please disregard if this is a duplicate.)

  18. I think I’d need a trip to London to be absolutely sure – but I’ m hankering after Mandarin on first look.

  19. It would be a hard choice between Scarab and Mandarin but I think in the end it just might be Mandarin. Beautiful & unique pattern.

  20. What a lovely pattern and yummy yarn! It’s hard to choose a colour with so many beautiful shades, but I’d go with Whales Tales.

  21. Bees Knees – lovely colour and lovely pattern, or Bird Cage, or Whales Tails, or even one of each colour as they are all rather gorgeous.

  22. Gorgeous pattern and fab choice of colours but for me I think it would be whales tales, love the variations in colour.

  23. All of the colours are so beautiful but I’d choose Foggy Bottom to make these gorgeous knit!
    X Nadine

  24. Gorgeous cardi and really beautiful colours. It is hard to pick, but I think I would go for Foggy Bottom – I have been looking for just this sludgey/edgey green. It works with so many other colours (corals / browns / blues)

  25. I love them all, the pattern is so beautifull and than the colors of the yarn, it makes a yarn heaven to me. I cannot choose between parma violet and whale tales. Of course all the colors are irresistible

  26. I would make it in whales tales.I adore those shades of blue and the hand dye gives it such a gorgeous depth of colour.

  27. Gorgeous pattern! I think Juniper Berry would be my choice as it’s a stunning colour and I think would look beautiful knitted up as Teasel.

  28. The pattern has a coziness about it and I can think back many years and see myself sitting on Northumbrian beaches as a child wearing a cardigan my mum knit in a colour very similar to Whales Tails.

  29. Divine balance of sway and structure my Teazel cardigan deserves a bright beautiful colour – Love Potion (No.9).
    Please be mine.

  30. Damson or Birdcage would be my choice. All are such beautiful colours that it is hard to choose. Love the pattern which would look perfect in either colour.

  31. Oh, how I love this sweater! I would knit this using “bees knees”. This will be my first sweater that I’ll knit for myself. Promise.

  32. I’m torn between Emerald Isle and Petunia – easy peasy solution, I’ll just have to make both!

  33. What a awesome cardigan! Definitely in Bees Knees. This would be like honey dripping from your needles!

  34. What a lovely pattern. Love the yarn – with so many lovely colours to choose from it is hard to decide but I love Waters Edge and Scarab

  35. Well try as might to shake my purple fascination, Damson is simply calling out to me! Thank you for the great interview–a pleasure to read about how designs develop.

  36. The spring season is here and for the sunny start I would have to knit in Citrine. It maybe Autumn by the time I finish but it would be a lovely colour to carry through to winter!!

  37. *frustrated moan* I think I’d go with Corkboard. But then I really also love Bee’s Knees. But maybe that’s too yellow for me? Maybe I’d use Bees for a beenie (incorrect spelling totally intended) instead. Yes. Corkboard would be completely yummy ♡

  38. I think there’s something incredibly regal looking about Teazel. The sheen of the Shalimar yarn suits it beautifully. I would knit it in Bird Cage I think, a perfecr cardi for chillier summer evenings

  39. What a gorgeous cardi! And so many beautiful rich colours to decide amongst. But I think Damson is the one for me. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  40. What a beautifully designed sweater! I would love to see it knit up in “petal.” Thanks again for another lovely giveaway.

  41. This pattern I so beautiful!
    I’ve had a hard time choosing one colourway over the others but decided on Scarab.

  42. I would choose Mandarin – something zingy and citrus to bring some brightness into what can be a dull-ish working wardrobe. It’d perfectly fuel my dreams of pairing orange with every blue item of clothing I posess!

  43. It’s beautiful! Love the yoke shaping, so clever. That yarn looks so delicious, the variations in colour are stunning. I’m drawn to mustardy yellows and grey- so for me it’s between Bee’s Knees and Slag. Though Scarab is also catching my eye!

  44. This jumper fills about three holes in my wardrobe. I’d make it in bees knees or driftwood and wear it every day!

  45. I’d love to win a copy of Teazel! I would chose “Corkboard” for my shade of Shalimar Breathless Cush. Thank for the chance.

  46. The texture of the lacy neckline looks lovely. All the details are so precise, I cannot even imagine the math involved to get the sleeve’s eyelets to line up with those on the side of the body. I would go for a very light grey hue such as Driftwood, but Candelabra drew my attention as well, I’d love to see how that gradient shade turns out in the fabric!

  47. Gorgeous yarn! Very cute design. The only negative I see is the bulge that is created by the sleeves and clearly visible in the photo of the back of the cardigan.

  48. Beautiful design!So many lovely colours to choose from,-think I would like Tamarillo. Christine.

    • The pattern is amazing! and Shalimar… looks so pretty and so many colors… that difficult to choose… I would not know from which my mind… Ore, Parma Violet, Emerald Isle, Birdcage…

  49. Great little sweater! Foggy Bottom shown in the sample is one of my favorite Shalimar colors, but this would also be lovely in Byzantium for something perfectly purple.

  50. I love this sweater from the lace to the swing!! Every detail is perfect. I would choose to knit this in Waters Edge. The color is beautiful and I can’t wait to squish it!!

  51. I am tempted to say Slag just because of the name but in reality it has to be Whales Tails. I’ll be knitting that cardigan pattern regardless!

    Thank you for the opportunity to enter

  52. Teasel is perfect for my new daughter-in-law to be -Sedge would match her colouring and her style. Itching to make it for her!

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