Blending cables and lace may not be an obvious design choice for a man’s garment, but it works to great effect here, in Amanda Crawford’s design for The Knitter. It’s all about the texture: those unusual, crossed stitches running up the garment are divided by an almost twig-like dropped stitch pattern, and together they are reminiscent of tree bark or leaves.
The cardigan is knitted in Debbie Bliss Amalfi. It’s a loosely spun DK-weight summer tweed yarn that blends cotton with viscose, linen and silk, and it suits the design perfectly. Amanda has used a handsome chocolate colour; other good choices would be the denim blue or sage green. The sleeves on this garment are long, and designed to be pushed up to give a casual look. If you prefer a more tailored, classic look then measure a cardigan or jumper with a sleeve length you like, and work to that length instead. Amanda has finished the cardigan with some chunky wooden buttons, which add to the masculine, rustic feel of the garment, which we’ve paired here with jeans and a button-down shirt.