I had this design in my mind for several years: I wanted to create a cardigan knitted in the round, starting from the outside to end at the center / middle of the back ... A bit like a vortex that is characterized by a decreasing swirl around a rotating axis. - Louise
2019-01-17 NEW RELEASES - This pattern contains the original version with 3 appendices and the end of document: The first appendix gives you the instructions to work a BRIOCHE border instead of the garter stitch from the original one. The second appendix is offering you an alternative end with a cable band. The third appendix gives you instructions about introducing stranded colorwork in your Vortex.
Sizes – XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL)
Schematic with final measurements and instructions to adjust length are available in the pattern.
Gauge - 18 sts & 22 rows = 10 cm in Stockinette stitch.
NOTES– This cardigan is knit in the round beginning with the border that runs around the cardigan to finish in the middle/center of the back. As it is knit all around the body, you can have fun using multiple colors in random order to create unique stripes.
In the first part of the knitting, all odd row/rounds have 8 increases and 8 decreases identified by the different color markers (so the number of the stitches remains the same.)
YARN COLOR –You can use several colors to knit this cardigan since rows/rounds runs all around the edge and encircles the entire cardigan's lap, it will create a nice pattern!
I didn’t add any information about colors changes in this pattern because the rows/rounds are too large to tell accurately how many rounds you may knit with one skein for each size (and I didn’t want to complicate the pattern by adding extra instructions about color changes)…
But, if you want to know about the original (garter stitch border) version shown here, I used the following colors (1 skein of each):
I worked color changes on 12 rounds (1 round NEW SKEIN, 3 rounds LAST SKEIN, 2 rounds NEW SKEIN, 2 rounds LAST SKEIN, 3 rounds NEW SKEIN, 1 round LAST SKEIN).
I worked size large and I was able to knit about 20 rounds with one skein on the beginning of the project. I used the same color sequence on the sleeves…
Now, about the brioche border version with stranded colorwork and cable band in the back, I used the colors in random order, according to my inspiration:
I am looking forward to knit this cardigan. It is a very flattering way to use stripes and colour changes in a cardigan. The only thing i do not like is starting from the outer edge. Keeping the stitches straight is very challenging. This time I am motivated to de that. Has anybody done this from the inside out, starting with a provisional cast on at the back?
As soon as I saw this pattern, I knew I wanted to make it. The pictures made me know that I wanted to use Biscotte Yarns so that the cardigan would turn out just as beautifully. Now I am just waiting for a confirmation that my yarn is on its way to me.
Knitting pattern - Vortex Cardigan