STYLE FILE #5: A Cardi by Christmas

I love a good cardigan these days. I love their versatility, especially when it comes to layering. I’ve been excited about this one, “Uniform” from Carrie Bostick Hoge, ever since I featured in on my own blog a couple of weeks ago.

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This sweater has so many elements that make me happy: garter stitch edging, soft saggy pockets, a little halo and a slouchy shape that feels cozy but looks stylish. Think of the possibilities!

Apart from styling as pictured here, with worn-in, oversized denims and a simple, scoop-neck blouse, think of Uniform paired with a delicate, over-laundered 40’s style print tunic like this one.

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Even the simplest black leggings make this pared down cardigan sing.

As a wardrobe staple, the merits of this cardigan are obvious. For the knitter, Uniform offers a realm of possible interpretations. Worked in a worsted weight yarn, a pretty new cardigan could make its appearance in time for Christmas. Go for the squishy softness of an easy care yarn like Estelle Worsted, available in a range of on-trend colors. Make a more rugged, durable statement by choosing Cascade 220 in a heathered shade or get creative and combine two finer strands to get worsted gauge.

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Having chosen your yarn, the fun has just begun. Uniform is completely customizable, offering a myriad of shaping options. First, choose your length. Are you shooting for a neat, cropped alternative or a longer, more modest version for wearing with tights? Sleeves can be bell shaped or straight depending on your chosen silhouette. A knitter can shape the waist or opt for a more figure skimming style. Choices are also offered for patch or inserted pockets and straight or raglan neck bands.

Brilliant, isn’t it? I could start today, ignore the vacuuming, pop a holiday classic into the DVD machine and Voila! I’ll have a cardi by Christmas.

Happy holiday knitting everyone!

Cheryl Toy of Little Church Knits

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