design process


For the first eight days of November we’ve been releasing a new pattern every day. Today is the last day.

Aquitaine was a big hit at Knit City. It seems to have captured people’s imagination as it has mine. For me it began as Lady Emmeline, a child’s sweater featured in Petite Purls online magazine. I was asked several times if I planned on releasing it in adult sizes. What a great idea because I wanted to wear it too! The adult pattern comes in eight sizes ranging from XS to 4X (30″ bust to 58″).

In the 1100s, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine and her family were influential patrons of aristocratic music and were known for supporting the Medieval Troubadours. Like Lady Emmeline, I found the stitch pattern, garment shape and beautiful SweetGeorgia colourways seemed to evoke a time of court life and aristocracy  from centuries past. We shot the photos on a beautiful foggy morning in the forest. Isn’t there always a forest just beyond the castle in folklore and legends?

As comfortable with a glass of wine on the patio as on a tryst in the forest, this aristocratic sweater may be essential for your armoire. Two different slip stitch patterns and two strong coloured yarns give it a timeless beauty. And you can decide which length to knit, too. The short version is smart and dressy, while the long version is elegant and sophisticated. Go ahead; make both.

The sweater is designed with just 1/4″ ease at the bust line. If you’re between sizes, I would consider going into negative ease before making it too roomy. It begins with a provisional cast on at the high empire waist, which is also the narrowest part of the sweater. Like many women, that’s also the narrowest part of my torso. The lower portion of the sweater has subtle A-line shaping that pulls away from the body in a most flattering way. Instead of increases, the shaping is achieved by using progressively larger needles as it’s worked from the empire waist down to the hem. Both the long and the short version are designed so that they do not emphasis the widest part of our bodies–the hips.

I used two different colourways of SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash DK for the two different versions of the sweater. The long cardigan with similar dimensions to the original Lady Emmeline, is in Black Plum with Autumn Flame. The short sweater is in Magpie with Deep Cove. I love wearing both of them.

Aquitaine designed by Holli Yeoh
Sizes: XS, S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X
Finished bust measurement: 30 ¼ (34 ¼, 38 ¼, 42 ¼, 46 ¼, 50 ¼, 54 ¼, 58 ¼)” [77 (87, 97, 107.5, 117.5, 127.5, 138, 148) cm]
Intended to be worn with ¼” (0.5 cm) positive ease.
Yarn: SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash DK; 256 yd (234 m) per 4 oz (115 g) skein; 100% superwash merino wool
Long—4 (4, 5, 6, 6, 7, 8, 8 ) skeins Black Plum (MC); 2 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4) skeins Autumn Flame (CC)
Short—3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7) skeins Magpie (MC); 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3) skeins Deep Cove (CC)
Needles: 3.5, 3.75, 4 and 4.5 mm (US 4, 5, 6 and 7)
Gauge: 22 sts and 30 rows to 4” (10 cm) in stocking stitch using 3.75 (US 5) needle.

New pattern releases for the first eight days of November:
Nov 1   Woven Knuckles
Nov 2   Avery Big Kid
Nov 3   Grenadine
Nov 4   Tip Toe Up
Nov 5   Rain City Kid
Nov 6   Rain City Baby
Nov 7   Gumdrops

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