pattern price: $6.50

When I picture springtime, one of the first things that comes to mind is tulips: growing in our garden, while a watery sun tries to warm the still-chilly air, for sale on the market, in a vase on the kitchen table, growing in the grass by the side of the road... it’s no wonder tulips are one of the national symbols of my home country The Netherlands. Now that I live in the United States I sometimes miss that abundance of flowers, and tulips in particular. For that reason I decided to design a cardigan inspired by my favorite flower.
Tulpen - you guessed it, Dutch for tulips - is a top-down short-sleeved cardigan with tulip lace and a tulip-shaped knit and purl motif on the round yoke and a large tulip lace motif worked as a border around the bottom of the cardigan. Knit in a soft organic cotton, Tulpen is great for spring weather or a cool summer evening. The sample was knit in scrumptious Mirasol Samp’a, which fittingly is produced in Holland in support of the Mirasol Project.

SIZE: XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X) (shown in size S).

MEASUREMENTS: Chest: 31 (35, 39, 43, 47, 51, 55) inches or 79 (89, 99, 109, 119, 129, 140) cm.
Length: 23.25 (24, 25, 26.5, 28.5, 30, 31.5) inches or 59 (61, 63.5, 67.5, 72.5, 76, 80) cm.

20 sts/30 rows = 4 x 4 inches (10 x 10cm) in stockinette stitch.

MATERIALS: DK weight yarn, amounts per size similar to amounts listed above for the cardigan pictured. Approximate yardage: 610 (710, 830, 970, 1140, 1300, 1500) yds, 1 set US #5/3.75mm double-point needles, 29-inch (or larger) US #5/3.75mm circular needle, 5 (5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 7) buttons with a diameter of approximately 0.4 inches / 10mm, 2 stitch holders, darning needle.

YARN USED TO MAKE JACKET PICTURED: Mirasol Samp’a [100% organic cotton; 120yd/110m per 50g skein]; color: 70T; 6 (6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13) skeins.

© Linda Wilgus, 2008-2010