Scholar Cardigan // Grown

Photo Cred: Erica B. Studio + Design

If this is the first time you are hearing about Grown, check out this post from earlier in the week for all the details about the book and how you can order your copy! The blog tour kicked off yesterday in a big and fabulous way. You’ll want to run on over to the YOTH blog for your chance to win a yarny prize.

Scholar Cardigan! The giveaway prize is 10 skeins of YOTH Yarns Father so that you can knit your own Scholar Cardigan.  Of course I am also including the pre-order package in case you haven’t already gotten your book.

Scholar was based on the Library Cardigan from Knits for Boys!

The adult design includes instructions for both a women’s and a men’s version. The men’s version (modeled by my handsome brother-in-law, by the way) was knit up first by my sister for her guy. It includes all the finishing touches from Library, the elbow patches and front pockets.

The rib pattern is classic and stretchy; this cardigan is so versatile.

When I was finalizing the pattern for this design, I realized that I had a truly different look in mind on how I would wear this sweater myself.  I decided a week before my last book photoshoot that I was just going to have to knit up this version too.  It was definitely a hectic week getting it done. I almost had to pull an all nighter at the finish line, but I managed to squeeze in about 3 hours of sleep the night prior to our shoot. It was totally worth it and I am so glad I was able to feature images of both versions.

There really are not a lot of actual differences in the knitting.  The sleeves and body length are shorter.  I went with more of a blazer style and left off the patches and pockets. And, my friend Micah wore the sweater more fitted. Perfection.  This version features Quince & Co. Lark.

This sweater is worked from the bottom-up with raglan style seamless sleeves.  The ribbing pattern is much easier to set up from the bottom and I love how the raglan decreases look on the yoke.

This is one of the patterns in the book that is great for a first sweater project.  There are a few of these (Plaza, Sidewalk or even Brecken minus the colorwork).  If you are able to read your knitting (meaning, identifying knits and purls as you come to them), you can totally handle this sweater.  There are some short rows in the collar but instructions for those are included and following them one step at a time will do the trick.

Here’s a little tip to make your patch pocket sewing super easy. Stitch an outline of your pockets using your tapestry needle and contrasting yarn.  It will be much easier to follow this outline while you are sewing than it is following your lines of stitches/rows. Pull out your contrasting yarn when you are all done. And, don’t forget to leave the top of the pocket open. #askmehowiknow

I just love looking at this little family of sweaters! I feel certain that you can think of someone to knit this sweater for since it is now available in pretty much any size.  Next up you’ll be hearing about Grown from a couple of podcasts so make sure to keep your eyes and ears tuned in to the tour!




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