Esme is a lovely kimono-style cardigan with attached tie closure in a mixture of slipped stitch cables. It has an easy but interesting construction, with the waistband worked first and the upper and lower bodices picked up and knit once the waistband is complete. No shaping is involved, as the ties bring the bodice in. The stitching looks complicated, but is easy to work and quickly memorized.

Esme is published through Twist Collective, and can be purchased on the Twist Collective site for $7.

Photography by Jane Heller.

finished measurements
28 (29 ¾, 33 ¼, 36 ¾, 40 ¼, 42, 45 ½, 49, 50 ¾, 54 ¼)” / 71 (75.5, 84.5, 93.5, 102, 106.5, 115.5, 124.5, 129, 138) cm bust circumference
23 (24, 24 ½, 25, 25, 25, 26 ¾, 26 ¾, 28 ½, 28 ½)” / 58.5 (61, 62, 63.5, 63.5, 63.5, 68, 68, 72.5, 72.5) cm long

required skills
cabling
yarnovers
slipping stitches
picking up stitches

suggested yarn
10 (11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18, 18, 20, 21) skeins Valley Yarns Northfield (124 yd / 113 m per 1 ¾ oz / 50 g skein; 70% Merino Wool, 20% Alpaca, 10% Silk) in #14 Haze

needles
Size 6 US / 4 mm circular needles 32” / 80 cm long
Size 5 US / 3.75 mm needles
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

notions
Removable stitch markers, stitch holders or waste yarn, tapestry needle

gauge
27 ½ sts and 29 ½ rows = 4” / 10 cm over Body Pattern using larger needles
33 sts and 28 rows = 4” / 10 cm over Waistband Pattern using smaller needles
To save time and to ensure accurate sizing, check gauge.

construction
The sleeves are worked flat first, followed by the waistband. Stitches are then picked up on either side of the waistband, and worked upwards for the upper bodice and downwards for the lower bodice.