The Sintra Cardigan

The Sintra Cardigan

Sintra is the latest collaboration between Fiona Alice (designer of our free Mabel baby cardigan) and Loop. We’re delighted to add Sintra to our exclusive Loop patterns range. We love an easy to wear cardigan!

Sintra Cardigan at Loop London
Sintra Cardigan in Light Grey/08 Genmou
Fiona traveled in Portugal last year, when she began designing Sintra. As she traveled, the stitches on her needles mimicked the surfaces of stone walls and cobblestone streets that stretch across Portugal.Sintra Cardigan at Loop London
Named after the scenic town, Sintra is a highly textured, yet light weight cardigan, made in Genmou DK.
Genmou at Loop London
Genmou neutrals

Genmou means raw wool in Japanese. Daruma’s Genmou is a soft, lightly spun wool with a second merino thread spun around the main merino fibres, creating a yarn with loft and texture.Sintra Cardigan at Loop London

Combine the texture of the wool with Fiona’s contrasting textured stitches and you get a cardigan with lots of interest! The collar and body/sleeves have unique textured stitches, giving just enough variety to attract attention, without being too busy.

Sintra Cardigan at Loop London

Sintra is worked back and forth in rows, starting with the neckband, before picking up stitches and working downwards for the back yoke and sleeves, increasing along the raglan lines. Stitches are then put on hold for the sleeves, and picked up for the fronts. This allows flattering shaping to occur at the shoulders.

Sintra Cardigan at Loop London

The body then continues downwards incorporating short rows as you go, before casting off at the hem. The sleeves are finally picked up and worked downwards in the round. The contrasting stitch patterns create an asymmetrical shape to give a slightly longer back hemline.

Genmou at Loop London
Genmou colours 5, 6 & 7

This pattern takes between 7-13 balls of yarn, depending on size. We stock 20 colours of Genmou; choose a neutral or a favourite to wear-with everything!

You can find the printed pattern here or the PDF download here.


Sintra KAL at Loop London

We’re hosting a knit-along for Sintra, starting September 23. You can find the Ravelry forum of that here. We hope you’ll join us, we love seeing everyone’s progress on a new pattern. If you have any questions about the sizing, yarn or gauge, you can post on the forum anytime.


5 Comments on “The Sintra Cardigan

  1. Why on earth knit from the top down, can’t get my head around it and I have been knitting for more than 40years!!! Is it difficult?

    • People like to knit from the top down because the construction of the garment is all in one, meaning there are no seams to sew at the end of knitting. It usually produces a better fit too.

  2. I started out knitting in pieces but I love top down. Especially when using indie yarns which are more likely to ‘grow’ after washing. So much better to have the option to easily lengthen or shorten after the first wash and to try on as you go.

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