Yesterday, Lisa Limber, a Schaefer Yarns rep, came into the shop wearing this terrific-looking Interweave sweater made up in Susan, a variegated pima cotton from Schaefer. Lisa is a prolific knitter and is always introducing me to the latest designs. This cover pattern, Diminishing Rib Cardigan, has been an instant hit on Ravelry and is currently being knit by over 200 Ravelers even though it just came out this Spring. That was surprising to me because I did not give it a second look, dismissing it as being sort of country looking (and not in a good way)! Shows you what I know!
As I view the photos on Ravelry, I'm thinking that part of it's appeal is that it looks as good on full figured women as petite women. While not designed to close in the front, several knitters have chosen to put a closure at the neck or at the waistband for a little more pizazz. The yarn choices for this pattern are endless. The first thoughts that come to my mind are Cotton Fleece (Brown Sheep), Skinny Dyed Cotton or Sportweight Alpaca (Blue Sky Alpaca), Merletto or Hand-Dyed Grace (Louisa Harding). If you are going to knit one summer sweater this year, take a close look at this one!