Maxfield Cardigan: The Plan

Written by Sarah on July 12th, 2012 Posted in cardigan, knits, yarn

Amy Christoffers has come out with a new pattern, everyone! As if you hadn’t heard! It’s called Maxfield and my jaw hit the ground as soon as I saw it. Seriously. Amy, I am not worthy.

Immediately, I started planning. I had so many ideas. First off, I told myself that I wasn’t allowed to use Madeline Tosh. I’m sorry, MT. It’s not you, it’s me. I just think I need to try other yarns.

I was sneaking peeks at the Ravelry yarn pages for Lorna’s Laces at work. I did some intense Google-ing. I took screen shots of every yarn that was a possibility so I could pair it with different colorways and see which worked best. I distrusted every photograph I saw on Webs and Jimmy Beans and cross-referenced them with stash pictures on Ravelry. And then I distrusted those.

Basically, I was like some crazy yarn psychopath for about 48 hours. I finally settled on two colorways of Lorna’s Laces Honor (which is what Amy’s pattern calls for) and then I couldn’t find them anywhere! I looked for a long time but no one was selling Honor in a colorway I’d set my heart on. But then I started thinking about some other possibilities.

You see, my basic inspiration is a southwestern-style Dude-esque cardigan. (Side note: Is there a name for that style of cardigan that’s brown and white and has, like, Native American patterns on it or moose?) I really wanted a neutral or beige with, like, a desert sunset for the chevrons.

This is what I found:


I worked with Malabrigo Silky Merino a few years ago and I thought it was so luxurious. I think it will work well with the pattern and the color is perfect! I’m using Acorn for the MC and the CC is Viena. I love the purple and orange. I hope it looks just like an old poncho! My only worry is that since it’s 50% silk it might be a little shiny. (Honor is a merino/alpaca blend which sounds fantastically soft.)

I’m so excited to cast on. I just can’t stop looking at the pattern and at Amy’s pictures. Are you casting on a Maxfield cardigan of your own? What are you waiting for?

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Comments (13)

  • July 12, 2012 at 6:03 pm |

    MAN, I love that sweater. I just bought that pattern so I could show a coworker how elegant the Ravelry user interface is, and also because I covet that sweater desperately.

    As to the Dude’s sweater — it’s a Cowichan sweater! They’re gorgeous.

    • July 12, 2012 at 6:44 pm |

      THANK YOU!!! I now know! I can’t wait to see yours!

  • July 12, 2012 at 6:03 pm |

    Oooh- I bet that Malabrigo will work AMAZINGLY! I can’t wait to see how it comes out.

    • July 12, 2012 at 6:45 pm |

      I’m so excited to see how it turns out! Stay tuned!

  • July 13, 2012 at 12:39 pm |

    arlette already told you, but yeah! cowichan sweaters! i’m a little obsessed! did you know there’s a sweater pattern for the dude? someday i will make one. because they are amazing.

    i really like the colors you picked and i can’t wait to see how your maxfield turns out!

    • July 13, 2012 at 12:40 pm |

      err… to be clear, i will make a cowichan… probably not the dude sweater, specifically (epic though it is).

      • July 16, 2012 at 2:29 pm |

        I’ve seen the Dude sweater but I agree, I might be making a more classic cowichan soon! 🙂

  • Aunt Sherry
    July 13, 2012 at 7:47 pm |

    Wow, I love that sweater.If I was a hundred pounds smaller, hmmm. Sooo neat. And of course, the yarns are great.

  • July 16, 2012 at 2:47 pm |

    Holy smokes that cardigan is GORGEOUS. I understand why you want to cast on immediately. Much love. I favorited it on Rav, but it’s going to be quite some time before I get to it. Can’t wait to see yours.

  • July 17, 2012 at 11:41 am |

    Oooh that’s going to be a gorgeous sweater!!

    • July 17, 2012 at 9:30 pm |

      😀 I can’t wait to see it!

  • Alli
    July 20, 2012 at 10:32 pm |

    I had the same reaction as you to the Maxfield Cardigan! I LOVE it! I am hoping to see a few different color combos before I choose mine because that is always a really difficult part of the process for me. I am so impressed with yours and can’t wait to see how it turns out!

    • July 23, 2012 at 2:45 pm |

      I’m seeing some really different projects on Rav. It’s pretty exciting!

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