No matter where you live, a handknit cardigan is indispensable especially when it comes to navigating through the transitional days of early spring. Wafting in like fresh air through an open window, this season the styles are far more relaxed, with an emphasis on open fronts or simple one-button closures. Current silhouettes vary from long and lean, to short and cropped, with sleeves that barely sweep the wrist or fall just below the elbow in a demure Grace Kelly kind of way. Edgings shift away from tradition to show off pretty curves, decorative scallops, and soft draping. This week we have put together a selection of inspiring designs to knit in our most pleasing array of cotton, linen, silk and easy care blends.
Top Ten Cardigans For Spring 2014-
Whether it is walking the dog or commuting to the office, this comfy cardigan will get a real wardrobe workout. Casual yet polished with a wide garter stitch border and roll back collar, plus just enough lacework added to keep it light and airy, this design is knit in San Remo by Katia, a worsted weight yarn gushing with metallic sheen. Blue Grey (shown above).
This perfectly proportioned cardigan is ready to ring in spring, knit in a warm poppy shade, featuring rounded edges, a turnback collar punctuated with chic button detail and elbow length sleeves. Knit in Sirdar’s Simply Recycled Aran, a cotton blend particularly appealing to anyone on the lookout for speedy projects.
Sometimes it is the simplest of pattern stitches that can create the most impact as it is with this fabulous openwork cardigan, capturing the feeling of spring with a flowy edging. Knit in Brisa, one of our favorite crisp and cool yarns from Katia’s impressive range, a mercerized cotton and viscose boasting a palette of more than thirty shades to choose from.
Surf’s up with this flattering longer length cardigan featuring a deep v and tie front detail. Knit in Raffaela from Sirdar, a nubby cotton blend highlighted with a pearly sheen. Amalfi and Lido (shown above).
Refreshing last year’s outfits is a breeze with this colour-banded cardigan from Noro Favourites by European designer, Claudia Wersing. Knit in Taiyo Sock, a fingering weight blend of cotton, wool, silk and nylon available this season in thirty-three colourways.
For the winter weary, this boost of colour may just be what the doctor ordered, knit in Sirdar’s newest arrival, Cotton DK, a contemporary cardigan composed of lattice and lace with optional three quarter or cap sleeves. Look for the popular range of eighteen colours. Sailor Blue (shown above).
Flower buds underscore the lower half of this v neck cardigan styled with three-quarter or alternate full length raglan sleeves, a smart well-fitting design in Sirdar’s classic Calico DK, washer and dryer friendly in a combo of cotton and acrylic fibres. Bay Blue (shown above).
For a look that is both timeless and elegant go for natural shades of linen, cream and white. This wispy cardigan has a modern vibe and adds the coolest, lightest layer possible. Knit in the slinky new Iris by Katia, an innovative blend of linen and metallic polyester in seven shimmery sun-kissed hues. Stardust (shown above).
Conveying a sense of ease, this ‘take anywhere’ cardigan is gentle on the eyes in spring’s must-have lilac shade. Knit in Raffaela by Sirdar, a textured cotton blend with a subtle twist. Capri (shown above).