Meet Rumo, my latest cardigan pattern. “Rumo” means heading, course, direction in Portuguese, and this cardigan is all about direction! The body is knit sideways with a modular construction: using the same instructions and starting at the sides, four pieces are knit and joined together, making up the main body. The fronts are extended with short rows and the lapels are then knit together, up and down.
The sideways construction, the garter stitch and the short row shaping all work together to bring out the beautiful contrasting streaks in the Retrosaria Beiroa yarn. When I first designed this cardigan, I was planning on holding two yarns together to create a marled look, but then I remembered Beiroa! This yarn is so, so cool. I’d been thinking about trying it for years, and I’m so glad I finally did and it was with this design, I think they really compliment each other. Of course, I think this pattern could really make many variegated yarns shine, especially those with long repeats.