The Mountain View Cardigan

Posted on | August 31, 2009 | 23 Comments

The Mountain View Cardigan is a long cardigan that skims past the hips and can be worked in a light weight fiber (green sample is knit in Euroflax sportweight linen) for a crisp, drapey cover-all for those warm summer nights. Alternatively, a wooly sock weight yarn (smoke grey sample worked in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock) worked in a looser gauge than called for on the ball band can make the perfect fall or winter layering garment. Generous lace cuffs grace the long sleeves. The lace in the sleeves is echoed in the wide lace panel in the back which flows into ribbing that cinches in the waist. If you’re new to lace, this is the perfect beginning project. No shaping in lace is required. All the shaping is done in the stockinette portions of the design. Gentle princess line shaping, doubled hems, and delicate shell buttons complete the tailored look. Mountain View, CA is the birthplace of my younger brother, Brian, who also does the graphic layouts of my independent designs. I thought the name particularly apt since this is just the type of cardigan one might wear in the relatively mild climate of the Bay Area. The days are warm, but the lack of humidity tends to generate cool nights; making this cardigan a perfect transition piece that takes you from day to night. The model is my friend, Jess, and photographs are by her husband, Vitaly Fomin.

Finished Size: 31¾ (34¼, 37½, 41¼, 45¼, 48½, 52¼)”/ 80½ (87, 95, 105, 115, 123, 132½)cm bust circumference. Sample measures 34¼”/87cm. Suggested ease: 0”/0 cm to 3”/7½cm positive ease.
Yarn: Euroflax Sportweight Linen (100% linen) 100 grams/270 yards in Willow – 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8) skeins; or Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock 50 grams/215 yards in Echo – 6 (6, 7, 7, 8, 9, 10) skeins
Needles: Body – Size 4 circular needles. Neck Band and Hems – Size 3 circular needles. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Tapestry needle; stitch holders; stitch markers.
Gauge: 25 sts and 32 rows = 4”/10cm in St st using larger needles.

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To see more pictures, check out the cardigan’s Flickr album.

Edited: Corrected the yarn amounts. Also, check out Ysolda’s post about my knitting the linen version when she was visiting NYC :)


23 Responses to “The Mountain View Cardigan”

  1. persjanka
    August 31st, 2009 @ 3:01 am


  2. fort nest
    August 31st, 2009 @ 7:15 am

    super lovely. perfect for fall!

  3. subliminalrabbit
    August 31st, 2009 @ 9:40 am

    somehow you've outdone yourself! simply beautiful!

  4. Team Knit !
    August 31st, 2009 @ 10:10 am

    Love it, it's gorgeous!!! Great job.

    - julie

  5. exercisebeforeknitting
    August 31st, 2009 @ 10:51 am

    I love this! It's absolutely beautiful!

  6. Ms. Knitpicky
    August 31st, 2009 @ 10:53 am

    LOVE! It's payday, I'm getting a pattern. :)

  7. knitbot
    August 31st, 2009 @ 11:32 am

    I love the length – well done!

  8. Allegra
    August 31st, 2009 @ 11:55 am

    gorgeous! bravo!

  9. Cara
    August 31st, 2009 @ 12:07 pm

    Oh, it's gorgeous! I love it!

  10. Gudrun Johnston
    August 31st, 2009 @ 12:19 pm

    Very pretty and elegant Connie!

  11. Melissa
    August 31st, 2009 @ 12:19 pm

    yay! i really love this one Connie! Maybe one in the shepard sock is in my future :)

  12. Isabelle
    August 31st, 2009 @ 12:40 pm

    Really nice!

  13. cablegal
    August 31st, 2009 @ 2:27 pm

    You need to stop making so beautiful patterns. My queue is getting too long.

    Just joking, great work as usual.

  14. monica
    August 31st, 2009 @ 3:36 pm

    what a beautiful design!!

  15. Maryse
    August 31st, 2009 @ 9:21 pm

    First time I come across your blog, but I'm so glad because I really like all of your designs. I have yet to knit one, but I truly admire them. I'm such a slow knitter ;-( Congratulations for all of your nice work!!! The Montain View Cardigan will be a success!

  16. Angela
    September 1st, 2009 @ 10:33 am

    Oh my, isn't that beautiful! You've chosen two lovely yarns for the different versions. This looks super-wearable!

  17. Kate
    September 3rd, 2009 @ 12:12 pm

    I love this design! I have some linen yarn hanging around that's been waiting for a project…into the queue it goes.

  18. j.kaori
    September 5th, 2009 @ 9:59 am

    Beautiful design. Congratulations!

  19. kat
    September 5th, 2009 @ 11:06 am

    Connie, this is so pretty. I love the clean lines, and the length.

  20. Nnacy
    September 12th, 2009 @ 2:02 pm

    I love this design but what about for winter? Any ideas for a warm and cozy yarn?

  21. Audrey Knight
    September 15th, 2009 @ 11:43 am

    What a gorgeous sweater! I can’t wait to make it.

  22. Lorraine Stark
    October 2nd, 2009 @ 12:15 pm

    Wow, that is absolutely gorgeous! Beautiful pattern.

  23. Bethany
    October 6th, 2009 @ 10:16 am

    I am very impressed! This sweater is simple yet so elegant! Wonderful job! I bought the pattern this morning :)

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