Weekend Wraps North Star Cardigan

We’re so happy to include knitwear designers Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre in Berroco Portfolio Vol 2! These two are no strangers to working together—they’ve previously published New England Knits and Weekend Hats, both with Interweave/F+W Media. Their third book, Weekend Wraps, is scheduled to hit shelves on August 2. Weekend Wraps is a collection of 18 knitting patterns for cowls, scarves, shawls, shrugs, and even a super cute poncho in Berroco Peruvia Quick. This collection features work by 15 designers, including the North Star Cardigan, designed by yours truly.

Knit in the incredibly cozy Berroco North Star, the body of this cardigan is a rectangle worked from right front to left front without shaping. The lower body is then picked up and worked down. The sleeves are worked down in the round, so there are no seams to sew. This versatile piece can be worn multiple ways. I prefer it as a sort of a wrap with sleeves—like a shawl that won’t fall off or a very slouchy shrug. The deep upper part of the body makes it wrap around the front in a comfortable open-cardigan fashion.

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In the book, this cardigan was photographed upside down, with the short ribbing acting as the opening of the cardigan. The pattern in the book was reworked to match the photography, but to avoid confusion, please note that this piece is shown in the book with the bottom edge facing up. The first section of the pattern should be labeled FRONTS/YOKE. The second section of pattern should be labeled LOWER BODY. The schematic is also reversed.

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North Star is an alpaca yarn with a chainette construction. This bulky yarn  knits up quickly, yet weighs next to nothing. North Star is available in 12 shades—7 neutrals that make up the original collection and 5 new for Fall ’16 shades. Check out the Berroco pattern library to see more projects knit using North Star.

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Weekend Wraps will be available in print at your local bookseller or ask at your LYS. It is available in print or in ebook format at any book seller as well.

-Amy C

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