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Monday, January 10, 2011

Sedum... at long last.

The very first sweater I ever designed was a cardigan which I named Sedum because to me it looked like my planters full of succulents. I must have done some very rough math but for the most part I was winging it. When I posted my finished project on Ravelry the response was really overwhelming and I quickly set out to type up some notes on how the sweater was made. The notes were less than perfect and only one size was offered, it quickly became my goal to write up a proper pattern so that others wouldn't have to wing it as well.

It's been a long time coming, and I mean a really long time coming, the original pattern notes were added to Ravelry's database back in December of 2008. The original was made of pure alpaca which made the garment quite heavy, I found it grew lengthwise as I wore it, and so the mission for an alternate yarn began. You may remember the Shetland Chunky version that was on my needles back in this post, the completed project made it's way into the photos of my Autumn pattern. But the acrylic content of the yarn sort of bugged me and although the pattern was done I wasn't ready to release it. When I stumbled upon Patons Classic Wool Roving, a new addition to the Beehive Wool shop, I fell in love with it and chose it for many small projects I had in mind. I decided to buy a ball in Moss and swatch it to see if it might be a match for the Sedum cardigan. I was able to get gauge and I knit up a sample right away. I am so pleased with the results and although it has been a long time coming I am so glad to share the completed pattern with you.

The new pattern offers 12 different sizes and is broken into two separate size ranges (28-38 & 40-50) for better clarity when following the pattern. Also included is a short tutorial on the Sewn Bind Off.

  • 7(8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 12) x 100g balls of Patons Classic Wool Roving, (shown in Moss). 763(872, 872, 872, 872, 872, 1090, 1090, 1090, 1199, 1199, 1308) meters.
  • 6.5 mm circular needle (choose a length that is equal or larger than the bust size you intend to knit)
  • 6.5 mm dpns
  • 6 large buttons (7 for Optional Buttonhole)
  • 4 Stitch Markers
  • Yarn Needle
12 sts and 24 rows = 4 in over Seed Stitch

28(30, 32, 34, 36, 38) in & 40(42, 44, 46, 48, 50) in

Also included in the pattern is an optional buttonhole so that the wide collar may be closed to keep the chill off your neck.

{The optional buttonhole creates an entirely different look}


  1. LOVE! I'm so glad you offer this in more sizes now! I've been waiting patiently for this moment...this sweater looks like 'the' sweater I would wear every waking moment during the chilly months! Beautiful job, as usual. :)

  2. i just wrote about this on facebook to you...I hadn't looked at this blog yet. I'm glad I waited to download it then since now It's more versatile :) thanks!

  3. Oh it is beautiful. Definately need to knit this!

  4. yea!! I love this pattern SO much!! so glad you got to knit ANOTHER one! I love the colour :)

  5. What a perfect everyday cardi. Simply love it!

  6. it looks awesome. i just finished your oatmeal pullover using paton's classic wool doubled up and love it. look forward to making this one too sometime in the future.

  7. I bet that was a lot of work! what a great size range for the pattern, it looks amazing.

  8. yet another beautiful pattern! And with one of my favorite yarns as well! Thank you! :)

  9. great photoshoot!

  10. Your sweater looks beautiful and cozy; really nice. Congratulations on finalizing your pattern. I'll have to keep my eye out for Patons Classic Wool Roving on my next shopping excursion. If you like it; it must be good!

  11. i just finished making it and like it very much - the pattern is clear, the shape is classic and the moss stitch (which i genreally consider underappreciated) looks great.

  12. Hi, Jane,
    I just got your updated gorgeous Sedum pattern for larger sizes.But I'm a little confused by differences in the "Sizes" and "Finished Measurements".

    I have a 43" bust and like my sweaters LOOSE, so I want to knit it to about 48-50" (actual size), but the Finished Measurements says 41-42".

    Which is the ACTUAL size of the finished garment??

    (I bet this is all due to my being a U.S. and not Canadian reader!)

    Thanks, Jane!


    1. Sedum is meant to be quite fitted, the size 50 has a finished measurement of 42.5 inches. If you would like a looser cardigan you could always do a few more raglan increase rows to add extra inches to your finished cardi.

  13. Hi Jane,
    I'm french and I would like to do your lovely sedum cardigan but I'm afraid not to be able to succeed it in english... So, my question is, by chance, have you got the patterns in french ?
    Thank you for your answer.

    1. Hi Sandrine! I'm so happy you like the Sedum Cardigan. I'm so sorry but unfortunately the pattern is only available in English at this time. I wish I could be more help!