Seadrift – a Pattern for a Relaxed Sweater

Sometimes as a designer you come up with a stitch pattern which works! And you can use it in many ways.

That is what happened with the one I have used for this sweater. I came up with it many years ago, and over the years have knitted many sweaters and tunic and jackets using it. Long and short, in aran and DK yarn. With ribbed edges, with garter stitch, with crew necks, polo necks, split collars, cowl collars…

broken cable

But finally I have written it up so that others can understand it! I have used a ColourMart DK yarn, a wonderful tweedy one. It is a 2/7 DK weight, 50% merino, 30% silk, 10% alpaca, 10% cashmere, and I used the Fuschia mix – about half way down. (And no, I haven’t spelled that wrong – that is what it is called!!) It is a lovely yarn to work with – not cashmere soft, but it feels good and is definitely a next-to-the-skin yarn. It gives the impression of being hard wearing too.

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I decided for the published pattern to use garter stitch edgings, and to write it up as a cropped style (very now!), but you can make it any length.

Seadrift 01

It would be easy to change the edgings to k1, p1 or k2, p2 ribbing, and to change the collar. Similarly you could remove the pocket, or make two – the possibilities are endless!

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It is also a style which suits a huge variety of shapes and sizes. The largest I have knit this in was a 60” bust, and the lady looked gorgeous in it – hers was a deep denim blue….

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The ColourMart yarn I used didn’t change when it was washed, and it was a standard thickness. So it will work with many different DK yarns.

If you are a member of Ravelry you can see more details here, and even if you aren’t, you can buy it there using the button below!   You can also see and buy Seadrift in my Etsy shop here.

2 thoughts on “Seadrift – a Pattern for a Relaxed Sweater

  1. Hi Elizabeth,

    This is a lovely easy pattern with just enough texture to make a difference. I love the cropped shape for the young without tummies, but sometimes for everyone, a sweater that hits just at the right spot is more flattering and younger looking than a long tunic.

    There is a sweet spot where the top drops just to the top of the fullest part of the hip from the side. It usually hits about the same spot on the tummy. It would seem that this would not be so good, but actually it is okay on a lot of figures. It has to drop freely and not bind at all, but not be too big. Just touch gently so you move within it. (Old tailoring trick.)
    I like the nice neck –not too high or low on all sizes, covers the back of the neck area a bit, and in front a perfect flattering curve.

    I’d say perfect proportion for a design, especially in bigger sizes and that’s hard to do.

    The mid weight yarn is more flattering that heavier yarn. Most of us knit faster on thinner needles–we may have to knit longer than with worsted or bulky, but the knitting is enjoyable, and the end product is not some huge puffy sweater that increases girth. I’ve knitted them, but I never wore them.
    I bet you will get a lot of good reviews when this is knitted up.

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