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Vogue Knitting Spring Issue


Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2013, photo by Rose Callahan

I’ve finally graced the pages of Vogue Knitting. It was a personal goal of mine and mission accomplished! Not only that, I’ve been watching the stats in Ravelry and the design has been well received. That’s always gratifying.

This Classic Lace Cardigan is has an all-over lace pattern with a slight variation of some garter ridges on the cuffs and hem.

The three-quarter sleeves and drapey quality of the milk yarn (yes, it’s an 80% milk / 20% cotton blend) make for a very feminine look.

I love how the English tailored shoulders turned out. They are actually easier to work than conventional shoulders because the front shoulder is straight with no shaping. The shaping only occurs on the back so you only have to fiddle with shaping in lace on one piece.

The Vogue Knitting team even put together a descriptive video of the sweater while being modeled. It’s so nice to see the design on a person and to see it from all angles before embarking on the project.


Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2013
Classic Lace Cardigan (#04) p. 53
Finished Measurements:
Bust (closed) 33 (37, 41, 45)”/84 (94, 104, 114) cm
Length 20¼ (20¾, 21¼, 21¾)”/51.5 (52.5, 54, 55) cm
Upper arm 10½ (11½, 13½, 14½)”/26.5 (29, 34, 37) cm
Yarn: 5 (6, 6, 7) hands of Kolláge Yarns Creamy Flamé (milk/cotton) in aqua marine (#7112)
Needles: 2.75 and 3.25 mm (US 2 and 3)


12 thoughts on “Vogue Knitting Spring Issue”

  1. We’re proud of you, Holli, for your beautiful work. It is by far the most gorgeous garment in the magazine. It is too bad you were not able to keep the sweater because it is truly gorgeous and a tribute to your amazing “knitterly” talents.

  2. Holli, forgive my tardiness in congratulating you on your wonderful new pattern – and the fact that it appears in Vogue Knitting – I am so proud of you – I wondered if you had VK in your sights. It is indeed a beautiful garment and the fact that they did a video is so exciting – it feels like it’s on the catwalk. (The tardiness is because we were in Bucerias and the computer we had decided to stop working. It started again the minute we got back to PV – go figure.)

    I’ll be sending your blog link to my knitlist – they are mostly women and I never let one of your pattern appearances go by without telling them about it.

    Congratulations, again. You are such a talented woman. We are so proud of your accomplishments.

  3. Holli, I’m one of the folks on the knitlist that Nigel is on, and I wanted to compliment you on this design. The tailored shoulders are absolutely perfect, and the shaping rows on the back panel flow so smoothly – I’ve often been nervous to try an all-over pattern for a garment because of the shaping issues, and you’ve made it a perfect design feature. I’m going to send a copy of the magazine to my dear friend who loves to have light, feminine cardigans to wear in spring & fall – I think she’ll cast on the minute she sees it.

    Cheers, and keep creating beauty & sharing it with us 🙂

  4. Holli, Nigel touts your designs all the time. I love the cardigan, particularly the shoulders. Will have to seriously consider knitting it. Congratulations. You are very talented.

  5. What a lovely sweater! The magazine spread did not show the coolest part- the back shoulder shaping, so I am so glad you posted that here. It is really beautiful and well done. Congratulations!
    Jeri Riggs

  6. Hi Holli! I have your beautiful pattern from the Vogue Knitting issue. I would love to make this but as I’m practically a beginner at knitting, I was wondering if I could email you with some questions I have about certain parts of the pattern. I’m a little confused on how to go about it so I am hoping you could help? Thanks so much!

  7. Gosh, my fav design of yours! This is such a beautiful cardigan, and I’m so glad blogs and Ravelry exist so I can see the shots that show the perfect finishing details like the one above of “English shoulders” that the magazine doesn’t show…..I have spent much time staring at these pics and just loving everything about this design. And as soon as Webs gets the yarn in (currently on backorder for the gorgeous teal color) I’ll be casting on for one of my very own! Can’t wait to see what’s next from you!

  8. can anyone give me the pattern for this lovely cardigan please? or let me know where I can get it?


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