Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Pattern Release: Briscoe Cardigan

Introducing Briscoe, a swingy open-front cardigan that pairs the simplicity of stockinette and garter stitch with a touch of graceful lace.

Pattern: Briscoe, by Bonnie Sennott
Yarn: Quince and Co. Chickadee, in the Gingerbread colorway
Needles: US5/3.75mm and US4/3.50mm


Briscoe is a three-season piece knit in sportweight wool, perfect for layering over sleeveless tops and dresses this spring and summer, and even into fall. It's now available in my Ravelry, Etsy, and Craftsy pattern stores.


Briscoe features a seamless construction—it's worked in one piece from the top and the raglan sleeves are worked top-down in the round. So when you're done, you're done—no seaming, no grafting. (Of course, you do have to weave in ends, and a light blocking is necessary to open up and relax the lace front bands.)


Briscoe offers a variety of styling options: you can wear it open, with the collar up (I think of this as "Katherine Hepburn style"); let the lace roll over to form a delicate collar; or wear it closed, fastened with a shawl pin. Other options are sewing on a few buttons and using the lace yarn overs as buttonholes, or finding the perfect, one-of-a-kind clasp. Your choice!


Stitch patterns are provided in both written form and a chart. Details on sizes, yarn requirements, gauge, and more are available on the Ravelry pattern page


Many thanks to my friend Amber for being such a mellow and fun model (and for choosing such perfectly coordinated jewelry). Amber is one of the founders of Knack: The Art of Clever Reuse (the other is her friend Macey). Since last summer, I've enjoyed watching Knack grow, and last December I did lots of Christmas shopping at the Knack pop-up shop at Signature Sounds in Northampton. Now, it won't be long before Knack will be an actual place where people will be able to find low-cost and green art supplies, take workshops, and shop for clever and creative housewares and art made from upcycled materials. Amber and Macey will be announcing Knack's new permanent home in western Massachusetts soon!

Thanks also to my ever vigilant technical editor, Katherine. Her thoughtful corrections and suggestions help ensure that Briscoe and all of my patterns go out into the world as accurate as they can be.

Briscoe, by the way, is named after Lily Briscoe, the painter in Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse.

Thank you very much for reading.

1 comment:

Shelda said...

Oh, Bonnie, it's just as gorgeous as the hints suggested it would be. Glad to see it come to fruition (and available for purchase)!

I love To the Lighthouse

Well done!