Cranberry Cardigan

by Craig on January 3, 2011

Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted was one of the first yarns I ordered for the shop. Six years later, it’s still a yarn I love to knit. Shepherd Worsted is a hand-dyed superwash 100% wool. It comes in 4 ounce hanks with approximately 225 yards each and knits at a gauge of 4.5 stitches per inch on a size 7 needle.

Shepherd Worsted yarn

Lorna’s Laces hand-dyes all of their yarns in a beautiful array nearly-solid and variegated colorways. Of them all, Cranberry is one of my absolute favorites. Last month, it called to me every time I passed it in the shop. So much so that I put away another project, sat the yarn on my desk and searched for a pattern until I came upon Ysolda Teague’s Liesl.

Liesl in Shepherd Worsted

Ysolda is a young Scottish knitwear designer whose beautiful designs are consistently, and rightfully, some of the most popular in the knitting world. Visit her website for more of her work and read this article from a English paper for more about her.

With Liesl, Ysolda uses the feather-and-fan stitch pattern to create pretty cardigan. The pattern contains several variations – high or low neckline, short or long sleeves, cropped or waist length – which are easy to make because Liesl is knit in one piece from the neck down. I knit the high neckline with short sleeves and waist length. Surprisingly, I only needed 2 hanks of Shepherd Worsted yarn and had enough leftover to have made the sleeves a little longer.

Ysolda Teague's Liesl

Amber tried it on for me – I should’ve snapped a picture – and it looked great over the long sleeve t-shirt she was wearing that day. You can see photos of several variations of Liesl on Ysolda’s site and on Ravelry. You can purchase the pattern at either site, too.

I love Liesl in Shepherd Worsted in Cranberry. It’s just the right amount of color and interest without being overwhelming. I think Liesl would be beautiful in one of Lorna’s Laces’ gorgeous colorways like Gold Hill or Vera, too. Liesl was a fun project to knit because the pattern is easy, it goes quickly, and it looks fantastic. Maybe I should knit another!

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