Esme by Meghan Kelly is a draping, cabled cardigan, perfect for fall and spring weather. Knit in pieces from the bottom up, Esme features stockinette body and sleeves, fronts with wide reversible ribbed cables, a dramatic collar, and a feminine, slightly cropped shape. Close the cardigan with a wide lapel or crinkled cowl neckline, or leave it open to float around your hips. The cardigan is held closed by two sets of hidden metal snaps sewn in at the end while a decorative button adds interest.
The sleeves on Esme are set-in, and the sides and sleeve caps are seamed using mattress stitch. This structure is universally flattering, provides stability, allows the back and sleeves to keep their shape, and the tailored finish balances the drama of the large collar. The cables, while large and bold, are actually quite simple and the pattern is easy to memorize. Also, since they are worked in a knit/purl ribbing, they are reversible and look amazing with the collar folded over!
Construction Notes: When working the fronts, in order for the stitch pattern on the collar to line up, work each side for the same number of rows. Work the fronts for the same number of rows as for the back to the armholes and armhole shaping.
Make a note of what line of the chart you were on when you put the fronts on holding stitches. You’ll want to work the next row in pattern when knitting the collar and go from there.
Seam sides and sew in sleeves before picking up for the collar.
For a tutorial on cabling without a cable needle and mattress stitch, visit Kelbourne Woolens tips and tricks here.
Heavy Worsted / Aran Weight
Kit includes .pdf & printed pattern, 2 snaps, 1 button, and selected yarn. Pattern comes in 7 individual sizes. Sizes with similar skein counts have been combined for kit purposes only. For yarn winding services, click here.
DESIGNER RECOMMENDED YARN: Lucky Tweed by Kelbourne Woolens (100% Merino wool; 100g/210 yds): 7 (8, 9, 10) Skeins. Shown in colorway Cream.
SIZE: S/M (L/XL, 2XL/3XL, 4XL) Modeled with 2-4" positive ease.
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: Finished Bust, buttoned: 36-40 (44-48, 52-56, 60)”
YARDAGE: 1470 (1680, 1890, 2100) yds
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate - Cables from charts, matress stitch
NEEDLES: Size US 6 / 4mm 24” circular needle & US 8 / 4.5mm 24” circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
OTHER TOOLS: Locking stitch markers, waste yarn, cable needle, tapestry needle, 7/8” metal snaps (2), 1.75” decorative button, 2 yds of finer yarn of same or similar color.
GAUGE: 15 sts x 20 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Stockinette st on larger needles, after blocking. 16 sts (1 cable repeat) = 2.25”.
Images courtesy of Linette Kielinski