Friday, March 22, 2013

New KAL, new pattern

I'm excited to announce a new KAL for a great new pattern that comes in large sizes, too. Meet Mindy, a worsted-weight cabled cardigan released this week by one of my favorite designers, Julia Farwell-Clay.

You know Julia - from me, if nothing else! She is the creative mind behind the Bartok I'm currently making, as well as my Hiro Cardigan and the much beloved Takoma which I also hope to finish one of these days. Many of your know the innovative Mork Pullover, too. I was going to make this one but decided the ribbing would curl under my belly too much (a personal problem - it works perfectly for everyone else). Here are the sleeves I made for each of these sweaters (love this graphic, btw).

The Mindy is the companion sweater to the Mork. It also features strong, angular cables, but this time in a long, slimming cardigan. The generous sizing accommodates everyone from 35.5 inches to 61 inches (yes, say a hallelujah for Julia, a wonderful designer for larger women). Mindy also features a gentle A-line which gives those of us with more in the caboose a little room to move.

In terms of construction, Julia describes the cardigan thus:

The sweater is knit using traditional construction, worked as pieces and seamed although knitters are free to knit the front and back seamlessly. The set-in sleeves are worked in the round to the underarm bind-off. The collar is knit using short rows to incorporate front placket stitches, and finished with an i-cord edging. Collar can be worn up for a Mandarin effect... or folded over.
Julia knitted the original in the sumptuous Lorna’s Laces Haymarket, a 100% Blue Faced Leicester in a color called The Skyway. Like everything else from Lorna's Laces, I've heard nothing but rave reviews.

Now, about the KAL. We begin Friday, April 19. That gives you time to pay your taxes, finish whatever you are knitting now, and be ready to start a glorious new project, too. To sign up, simply visit the Mindy KAL on  the Julia Farwell-Clay Rav Group. We'll be posting yarn possibilities, swatches, and the like, and can answer your questions, too. Julia will be chiming in along the way, so you can talk to her about your project, too.

I've already swatched for my Mindy (I've been out sick much of the week, but I was able to muster a swatch). I'm using the merino/cashmere Knit Picks Capra I was going to use to make the Mork - my Mork and Mindy truly are companions. I love how sculptural the cables look in merino wool, especially in this glorious Celestial blue. Truly spectacular.

I also scored some fabulous lampwork glass buttons from an artist in Israel. They'll be perfect, I think.

I'm excited about adding Mindy to my wardrobe. But I need to finish the Bartok first - and get better, too. Have a great weekend everybody!


  1. This is a gorgeous sweater. Won't be able to do the KAL because of prior knitting commitments - but this is a sure thing for later . . .

  2. Julie, I hope you are recovering. What a bummer! But could you knit even though you were feeling awful? I hope so!
    Already started on a summer sweater so this beauty will have to wait.

  3. This looks like a fantastic knit. Cables, yum, who could resist them. Get well soon, pneumonia sucks.

  4. I, too, hopped on the MINDY train, have to finish Jurisfiction, first so I'll be a bit behind the rest, but will be nice to follow the leader on this one, I still haven't decided which color to choose from my stash, decisions, decisions...

  5. The Lorna's Lace yarn shown made up in Mindy is a beautiful color blend, but it does seem to significantly obscure the cables. Your solid blue will make them pop.

    Hope you're feeling better soon!

    --Lynda in Oregon