NEW PATTERN - THE KAPSEL CARDIGAN!!!

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K A P S E L

With an all-over textured pattern and modern silhouette, Kapsel is a versatile cardigan that is perfect for the office, outings with friends, or cozy nights in. It features a flattering modified drop shoulder, big front pockets, and a comfortable fit that’s as stylish as it is snuggly. Whether paired with favourite jeans or pj’s, you’ll find yourself reaching for Kapsel over and over again.

KAPSEL is a cardigan that has been a true testament of my love of modern, yet comfortable silhouettes. I set out over a year ago to design an everyday essential cardigan with a textured, clean aesthetic and a flattering fit that works on a variety of figures and with a wide range of silhouettes. I wanted it to be worn to work, at home - heck even to bed. Dressed up or down, paired with ready to wear & your fave handmades - I hope it works with your capsule wardrobe. I truly want you to enjoy your best life in it.

To celebrate the release of KAPSEL use code “kapsel15” to save 15% OFF your purchase on Ravelry (only). Coupon valid until 02/18/2019, midnight, PST.

BONUS Your purchase of KAPSEL also includes a link to our Kapsel Help Webpage filled with helpful important information in regards to gauge, pattern stitches and more! You’ll find tips for choosing your size, modifying Kapsel, and technical videos showing you how to work the main pattern stitch as well as the German Short Rows used in this sweater. We hope this ensures you enjoy knitting KAPSEL as much as we do!


Kapsel Cardigan by Shannon Cook

SIZING

Sized from 30”-58” with 9-10” of positive ease and knit with worsted weight yarn I hope you feel good about being “you” when wearing this cardigan. It skims the body, conceals common problem areas and removes the excess fabric in the underarm commonly found in store bought drop shoulder cardigans. Plus - huge pockets my friends!!! I sized them to fit the largest of cell phones and yarn skeins….lol…cause pockets! I gotta have them!

WOOL

When knitting up the KAPSEL samples we used both YOTH Yarns Father and Quince & Co. Lark (& Lark Heathers). This cardigan works great with a variety of yarns ranging from workhorse to luxury! It’s knit up on a 4mm needle and you want to look for a fibre that will hold it’s shape, and not grow in too much length with wear (watch for too high an alpaca or cotton content for example). Choose something you love and a color that you feel good in.

CONSTRUCTION

This cardigan is knit bottom up, then front and back are separated at underarm before working neck and shoulder shaping. Shoulders and neck are finished with Three-Needle Bind- Off. Stitches are picked up at the armhole and the sleeves are worked flat. (The main pattern stitch is unable to be worked in the round.) After blocking, the sleeves, back of neck, and pockets are seamed. Our Kapsel Help Webpage (link included in pattern purchase) will walk you through all these techniques with tips and helpful videos!


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THANK YOU’S

Getting this pattern just right involved a lot of hours from both myself, my tech editor (so many late nights…lol), sample knitters, and testers. They are all invaluable and I want to say a giant thank you to them all. Getting those German Short Rows right in this textured stitch was no easy feat my friends! I’ve got a head of grey hairs (and tears) to prove it…lol. A special thank you to my dear & lovely friend Betsy Farmer, who is now knitting her 4th Kapsel…lol, and who literally talked to me about this project almost every day for the last 4-5 months. Her patience in ripping back (& endless swatching), her perfectionism in her gorgeous knitting, and her endless support throughout this whole pattern process has literally been keeping me sane…lol. Thank you so much hun, from the bottom of my heart. A thank you as well to Veronika from YOTH Yarns for her generous yarn support.

THE PHOTOSHOOT

I decided in the early fall of last year that for Kapsel’s photoshoot I wanted to show this cardigan on a minimum of two body sizes to allow for a more diverse body range shown in my pattern photoshoots. After being unable to find a curvier professional model I did some deep soul searching and decided to jump in front of the camera myself. This was a scary yet exciting process for me and one that I’m proud of. You can read all about my thoughts on this topic as well as the experience on my Instagram post HERE and also more on why I decided to show more sizes HERE. I hope you’ll read them :)

I couldn’t have done this shoot without the help of my fabulous photographer Koyahni and the model at the shoot - Aisling Goodman (Coultish Models). Both of theses women created a comfortable, fun, and friendly/warm environment and honestly - for the first time I didn’t even feel uneasy in front of the camera. I just let go and had fun with it. It was going to be what it was regardless so I thought just own it Shannon. I’m so happy with how the shots turned out and I now have pics of myself with a Vogue model….lmao! That’s one for the memory books my friends….lol!


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WHERE TO BUY

You can read more about the technical details about Kapsel, see more photos, our lovely testers version, and purchase your copy over on Ravelry today!

The pattern will also be up on Etsy, in my online shop, Love Knitting and Kollabora later today.

Wholesale? Shops looking for gorgeous printed booklets Deep South Fibers will also hopefully have the pattern up today/tomorrow for ordering. Questions? Please email askveryshannon@gmail.com

Thank you all so much for your continued support. I truly appreciate every single purchase and it means the world to myself and my family.

I hope you enjoy knitting and wearing Kapsel as much as I do. Happy knitting my friends!

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All images © Koyahni Photography. Model Aisling Goodman (and Shannon Cook).