Almost a year ago, Carrie Bostick Hoge of Madder asked me to join an exciting project that she has been thinking of along with some of the other wonderful designers called ELEMENTS. When I joined in, FIRE was among remaining elements and although I do wear and love an obscene amount of grey in my wardrobe, orange is my favorite color. I am just very particular about the shade of it, I like it on the red side more than yellow as that is the orange that looks best to me. And at that time I had just discovered that Quince & Co came out with a stunning new shade called Poppy and this cardigan was destined to be in that color and I have picked Quince & Co Lark, I lovely worsted weight 100% American wool. Which joined in harmoniously with the other ELEMENT yarns already lined up with the other designers.
I have worked previously with Carrie as you might have recognize her signature and style of photography from my “Circles+ Dots“collection that I have created a while back. True to her vision, she has created a wonderful story and a dreamy visual to show off the knitwear at it’s best, including my Fire Cardigan.
The stitch pattern for Fire cardigan took some time to develop as I wanted a stitch pattern that would translate not just through color but possibly texture. And in the end the textured meandering pattern of this oversized cardigan was created to correlate with the element of fire. It reminds me of the tongues of flame, licking at the air on that last summer campfire as cooler weather sets in. Being a cousin to the stitch from my Moko-Moko Cowl design it has the unusual modular process of building the knit fabric which creates the intricate surface design, juxtaposing positive and negative spaces of knits. Culminating when the stitches are dropped at the very end, revealing the true texture of the cardigan. The uninterrupted mold of stitches continues to form neckline shaping while keeping ribbed edges intact.
Drop sleeve construction and positive ease allow this boxy cardigan to drape loosely over the body, allowing for layering as well as fitting in a way that creates slightly raised front hems without requiring extra shaping.
ELEMENTS is currently available for purchase in a variety of options:
Limited Print Edition + eBook Package
All of the patterns are available as single pattern pdfs as well.
Today I am also excited to be giving away a copy of the limited print book edition of ELEMENTS.
The rules are simple, for the next 5 days just remember to leave me a comment on this blog post. The entries will close by the end of the day on Friday, December 12.
Good luck and Happy Knitting!
What a great color! Makes me want to find the right shade of orange for me…plus I love the cardigan with dropped shoulders. Thanks for the opportunity to win this marvelous book!
Congratulations on a lovely cardi design, olga
I must admit to a certain amount of fear about wearing orange. Cool colors appeal to me more.
Wouldn’t this be a fun Christmas surprise to win! Love how the design turned out.
i love it! And I want to knit each one in this collection!
So lovely! What a great collection – thanks for a chance to win it!
I moved to a colder clime and can finally start using more wool in my knits. I love the pattern! Even if I don’t win, I will start buying Quince and start on on this sweater.
I love this collection so much! Normally I would just go for the digital copy, but I think this is a publication I would want a hard copy of. The sweaters and the photography are beautiful. Congratulations!
This pattern is so fun!
Lovely cardigan, a pattern with lots turns.
I too love orange, though don’t mind the yellow/orange for me.
I love the concept behind this book! Very cool. I like what you did with the concept of fire and that cardigan. The orange works really well, and the visual motion in the vertical rows reminds me of flames flickering.
I do love books with a theme. And I can’t wait to see what the others have contributed.
Congratulations Olga on another lovely design and being a part of this book.
I’ve already bought the book, but I wanted to say how much I like this design.
Orange makes me feel sallow-complected.
I love the “fire” stitch pattern! Congratulations!!
I might try a deeper orange with a hint of grey.
Love the lines of this pattern!
I like the contrast of the wavy pattern and the boxy shape.
I love orange as well, it’s such a vibrant color. 🙂
Your Fire Cardigan is simply divine. Congrats on being part of such a lovely collection.
In love with the openness and texture!
You have quickly become one of my favorite designers for reasons like this cardigan. I love the way you play with texture and color! I would be honored to win this pattern book.
Beautiful and intriguing texture!
I hope I am not too late to enter for the giveaway! Such a lovely cardigan, and the whole collection too.
Hope not too late
Congratulations on your beautiful pattern and the whole collection to you and your colleagues! I was truly moved by the idea and the result of your work. The patterns are very powerful – Elements indeed. Fire is really ablaze, hot, vigorous. Amazing how you translated it into yarn.
The color of the orange is beautiful.
absolutely STUNNING! Your patterns are always gorgeous and the yarn just enhances the beauty of your work!
I love this design and the color. They are a perfect marriage.
Beautiful colors and wonderful designers! Thank you for the opportunity to win this book!
What a fascinating stitch pattern! The cardigan has an adorable, modern shape, too.
Thank you so much for your compliments, Kathy! <3
Aren’t Carrie’s designs the bees knees! I totally love them & can’t wait to see what else she has up her sleeve! (yep, bad pun intended!)
Sorry… have a baby balancing on my knee & boob. …
I meant to say you & Carrie’s designs ….didn’t just mean Carrie. Ugh, does that make sense? …I’m so tired… sorry!