Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Deb's Cardigan knitalong starts September 10

From the Pattern Buzz section of today's Patternfish newsletter:

Deb Gemmel of Cabin Fever has just introduced a pattern that’s creating lots of on-line buzz, the A-Line Plus Cardigan. This is the third in the series of top-down, no sewing, a-line cardigans from Cabin Fever that began with Morgan’s Cardigan for teens and tweens available only in the ebook of the same name. Moms clamoured for the same design sized for them so Deb created one, now called the A-Line Cardigan and then larger sized women wanted their own, and it’s here now, the A-Line Plus Cardigan.

Julie, the moderator of the Knitting at Large Group at Ravelry, who blogs about ample size knitting says “Deb kindly redesigned her pattern specifically for larger figures; in fact, I gave her my measurements before she started and several others did, too. She’s come up with an innovative short row technique that provides a better fit through the neckline and shoulders. I’m going to start Deb’s Plus Size Cardi Knitalong on Ravelry to begin after Labor Day."

For the uninitiated, and to reiterate, here's everything you need to know about Deb's Cardigan:
  • Officially titled A-Line, Plus Size, Top-Down Cardigan, but for simplicity and clarity, we're calling it Deb's Cardigan
  • Knitted top down in one piece
  • Requires NO seaming (yes, Teresa, there is a Santa Claus!)
  • Uses worsted weight yarn at 5 spi
  • Comes in sizes 46 to 64.5 inches, as well as in teen and tween and misses sizes
The knitalong begins September 10, but you can sign up with the Rav group now and start sharing yarn ideas and swatches. I stash dove and found some beautiful Araucania Nature Wool Solids, a kettle-dyed, semi-solid wool in a beautiful emerald green.

I also lucked out by getting some perfect buttons from BeckySueCreations, the same Etsy seller who made the polymer clay buttons for my Under Toad (as I discussed in my last post). These buttons turned out just as well as the others! Or at least Moosie thinks so.

So... get your pattern, sign up for the Deb's Plus-Size Cardi KAL Rav group , and knit that swatch! We start September 10.


  1. Julie, this cardi will be perfect for the dark blue Ultra Alpaca I purchased from you this spring. Can't wait for the KAL to start. I'm working on another Deb Gemmel pattern right now--The Braids Cardigan. Well written and a pleasure to knit, also in Ultra Alpaca, a light purple heather. I LOVE that her patterns include instructions for tall lengths too.

  2. I am looking forward to the KAL.
    Deb' method of no seaming and no picking up a gazillion sts for a neck/button band has me hooked. Presently I am working on a long sleeved cardigan from her book Button Up Your Top Down.
    I can;t wait for her plus/ample book to be published.
    And....if Moose is in for the KAL..I am in too(and I am not a dog lover, but Moose is on my fave list) t_a

  3. Is Araucania ..ALPACA? curious
    They have some nice colors.