I am SO excited to announce the release of a brand new sweater design – one that has been in the works for over a year now! Introducing Morgan, a seamless, open-style cardigan knit from the bottom-up with oh-so-many options. Let me walk you through them now!
2 Different Yarn Weights & 2 Different Sleeve Styles to Choose From
The pattern includes instructions for either worsted-weight yarn OR sport/dk-weight yarn. I used Berroco’s Ultra Alpaca for the worsted-weight version and Ultra Alpaca Light for the sport/dk-weight version. You can also choose between long sleeves and short sleeves!
Lots of Great Yarn Options
With 2 different weights to choose from, you have so many yarn options to pick from. I loved working with Ultra Alpaca and Ultra Alpaca Light, but there are so many other great yarn options you can consider too. Below are some swatches I did with other Berroco yarns and the needle size I used to get gauge:
Pop of Contrasting Color
For both versions, I added in a pop of contrasting color in the bottom hem. This contrasting color is also featured in the arm trim on the short sleeved version, and for the both sleeves in the long sleeve version (although you can choose to use the main color if you prefer). It’s a fun way to play around with different color combos – you can either go subtle or go wild – it’s totally up to you!
Split Hi/Lo Split Hem for a Modern Flair
I love a split hem – it’s a subtle way to jazz up a garment and I just love the way it fits. In addition to a split hem, I also made the back hem of Morgan longer than the front hems – this is totally optional though if you prefer to keep them both the same length.
Slip Stitch Icord Edging
A slip stitch icord edging appears at each of the split hem edges as well as on both of the front edgings – it creates such a nice edge! And it eliminates the need to have to “finish” your front edges in any way. If you have never done a slip stitch icord edge, no worries – I demonstrate exactly how to do it in a video lesson (read the next section to learn more!)
LOTS of Tutorials
Every technique used in this pattern has a tutorial associated with it. So although I would rate this pattern as intermediate, it’s also a great opportunity for newer sweater knitters to dive in and learn some new things! On my Morgan Tips Page (link provided in pattern), I walk you through topics such as: picking a size, yarn options, how to swatch and then measure your swatch, a video lesson on how to work the slip stitch pattern (and most importantly, how to ‘read your knitting’), how to work the split hem, tips on the underarm section and tips on working shoulder short rows, and SO much more. If you would like a preview, you can check out my video lesson here that walks you through the stitch pattern:
Check out my Morgan Preview Knitters
Over the last few months I’ve had my Morgan cardigan tested out with some preview knitters – and their finished photos are truly inspiring! Click here to view the entire preview knitter page where you can learn more about each version such as which version it is, what yarn was used, and how much ease it’s being worn with.
Ready to Make Your Own Morgan?
Have I totally inspired you now to make your own Morgan? If so, click here (or the button below) for the pattern information page where you can purchase the PDF. You may notice that it’s slightly more expensive than my typical sweater patterns, but this is because it’s definitely not a typical sweater pattern – with all of the specialized options, plus 12 sizes to pick from, plus all of the tutorials, it’s been quite the labor of love. I hope you love knitting up your own Morgan – and feel free to reach out if you have any questions!