Continuing with our #DVFCraft series, we take a look at the complex construction behind our Long-Sleeve Paneled Cardigan.
It’s often the most effortless looking, easy-to-wear pieces that are the most technically challenging to create.
Our fine-gauge, summer-weight, colorful cardigan is an intarsia knit—meaning it looks as good on the reverse as from the front. To create this complex style, first the sweater design is sketched and then transferred into a computer file for color experimentation. A full-scale draft layout is digitally created.
An 18-gauge knitting machine is then used to knit the panels of cotton-mix yarn using seven different colors in total. Sewn horizontally from bottom to top with each of the 18 needles threaded by hand, the machine is fed a single ply thread to create the sheer panels, and double ply thread to create the opaque panels.
To create stretch in the cuffs and hem, a stretchy Lycra fabric is added to the machine, so the trimmings are joined seamlessly to the body of the cardigan.
For the finishing touch, the buttons are sewn on by hand. The result is a lightweight, colorful, and sensational summer cardigan.