Wednesday, January 8, 2014

UNIFORM IS HERE - Build your own cardigan

dear friends, exciting news! not too long ago a friend, Carrie Bostick Hoge, shared this on her {swatch diaries} Madder blog...

'I do it my own self," says Imogen (several times a day for the past 8 months or so).  I'm so proud of her independence!

Well, now I am doing it my own self, too.  I've been feeling quiet about the decision, but I'm ready to share that I have left my full-time position at Quince as Art Director to stay home and have more time with Imogen. Saying it was not an easy decision is an understatement. But I know that it was the right one. My little goose is only little once.

I'll still be working with Quince freelance; we remain best friends forever! But, I'll now have a little time (a little while Immie is at pre-school) to work on Madder and other various projects. So stay tuned!

i'm tickled pink to share with you her new blog and pattern, UNIFORM. i'm really in love with this cardigan, and all the options that are available in the making of it. 

AND i have learned first hand how lovely (and desirable) it is, because you see, the blonde model shown below wearing UNIFORM is my girl!! hannah and carrie met for photos in brooklyn (where my daughter lives) over new years eve. 


This pattern gives you knitters a lot of freedom! Pattern includes instructions so you can mix and match the elements: long and short body lengths, three different body shapes (fitted, a-line, or straight), fitted or bell-shaped sleeves, simple or shaped neckbands, and patch or inset pockets.
Finished Measurements
32 (35¼, 38½, 41½, 44¾, 48, 51¼, 54½, 57½)"
Longer Version with A-line Waist Shaping, Bell Sleeves, Patch Pockets, Simple Neckband, and Waistband Tie (Shown in Owl by Quince & Co., Tawny):
1330 (1425, 1535, 1680, 1805, 1930, 2070,
2185, 2315) yds
Subtract 30 yds for no waist shaping
Subtract 60 (60, 70, 85, 90, 100, 115, 120, 125) yds for Fitted Sleeves
Subtract 85 yds if omitting Waistband Tie
Shorter version with Fitted Waist, Fitted Sleeves, and Inset Pockets, and Shaped Neckband (Shown in Shelter by Brooklyn Tweed, Cast Iron):
1005 (1085, 1170, 1285, 1390, 1490, 1605, 1700, 1805) yds
Add 20 yds for Shorter A-line
Add 60 (60, 70, 85, 90, 100, 115, 120, 125) yds for Bell Sleeves
• One 32" circular needle in size US 7 [4.5 mm]
• One pair in size US 6 and 7 [ 4 and 4.5 mm]
20 sts and 28 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch with larger needle

the pattern is available here and on ravelry here. and Carrie's new blog and website can be found here,
wishing her the best of luck on her newest endeavor!
all photos by Carrie Bostick Hoge.

Hannah Rose has already put in her request, saying she didn't want to take this lovely cardigan off, 'mama, make it for me please?!'   :)


  1. Uniform looks like a wonderful pattern and the photo's of Hannah are absolutely gorgeous!
    All the best ♥

  2. Oh of your best creations ever ~ she is so beautiful!!!! I love the cardigan she is wearing, too. Lucky daughter. I have been missing you lots and hope to connect again soon.

  3. The name confused me. I thought I would see uniforms, not this gorgeous and practical sweater

    Hello to Hannah's modeling career :-)


  4. hannah would look beautiful modeling a sack. :) Look at your beautiful girl modeling that really lovely cardigan. Yes, Lolo, you need to make her one.

  5. Beautiful girl Lori and I know from knowing you that beauty is inside too.
    Love the cardigan.

  6. How lovely Lori - Happy new year to you all xx

  7. Lovely photos :)
    Happy new year!

  8. An inspring testimony to more than one mother's love for her daughter...and knitting!


  9. What great news for this New Year! The "Uniform" with many options is a wonderful design...I am imagining just how many versions will be knitted from the master instructions. Madder is off to a fine start, and clearly choosing Hannah Rose to model the design was a wise decision. How beautiful she is! Brooklyn also looks very good...hoping these photographs were taken well before the current chill hit.

    This chill makes a perfect time to begin a new knitting project!

    Best wishes to all.


  10. Oh what fun! What a beautiful pattern and a beautiful model. I wish I could have Hannah model for me!

  11. How awesome that your beautiful Hannah Rose is modeling this lovely cardi. I saw it on Carrie's new blog just this morning & I'm thinking about making it too -- maybe the longer version that your little is wearing. Which one do you like best Miss Lori?
    Happy New Year to you & yours!

  12. Beautiful girl, beautiful cardigan, it might be something for my girl as well!

  13. this looks like the kind of pattern EVERY girl needs!!! what a lovely, beautiful model!!! (Have you cast on yet, mama???)

  14. I can see why she doesn't want to take it off- it's lovely...and so is she.
    This seems like the classic pattern, thank you for sharing, will go and check it out.

  15. Thank you so much for sharing this! That pattern is exactly what I need. When I was in college my roommate used to call my outfits the uniform. jeans, white t-shirt and a cardigan. This pattern was meant for me :) Your daughter looks absolutely lovely, hope we get to see her model the one you make her. Tell her she sold me the pattern is in the queue and will be purchased shortly.

  16. I swooned over this sweater on Carrie's blog earlier, but didn't even realize that was your Hannah. How fun and beautiful (sweater and your girl)!

  17. beautiful Hannah ~ beautiful sweater ~ thank you lori & carrie for such an exciting post

    aren't you so proud, lori?? :) (I know you are ~ hehe)

  18. So, so lovely on every count. Lori, you really have such a beautiful family. : )

  19. I keep staring ... gahhhhhh ... she looks just like you, especially in the last pic! Beautiful young woman ... and the sweater pattern's great too.

  20. Awwwww. love it! I'm sure you will have it made for her in no time!

  21. I love cardigans, they are so practical. This seems a really nice pattern, I will have to check it out!
    What a beautiful girl you have!

  22. That's awesome. What a beautiful sweater. Once I finish my three WIPs maybe,,,,,

  23. Hurray for your girl, and loving Carrie's new blog! How neat that they know eachother! Thank you for sharing all this goodness with us!

  24. Wonderful beautiful model. Get knitting mama! (That sweater is really aptly named, I would wear that all the time. I need more knitting time in my life).

  25. Thanks a lot! And you blog and pictures are amazing. Greetings from Sweden.

  26. woah this is so cool! just the pattern recipe sort i love! thank you for sharing. i want to make the one hannah is modeling too. she's such a gorgeous girl. she is the perfect model. i read your last post and loved that you had some loving family surprises. christmas after children grow up must be something to get used to. i know for my parents it was and probably still is. it's hard on the kids too i'm sure as it was for me. the important thing as we all know is to love each other all year round and not just on those big holidays. your love is huge and allows your kids to be where they need to be. sending you love and warmth from sunny palm springs!

  27. Your daughter is so beautiful--definitely takes after her mama.♥
    I'm putting Madder on my pattern wish list for 2014.

  28. A gorgeous cardigan pattern, and your daughter is a gorgeous model (she takes after you!) Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
    Helen xx

  29. Fantastic cardigan, Hannah looks amazing! so are you going to make her one?

  30. Beautiful daughter, beautiful pattern. And I think you'll be tickled to know that I knit the sample that she is wearing in the photo.


    You definitely have to make one (or two, or three). I certainly want to make a few versions for myself.

    1. i though so, it's truly gorgeous. hannah was in love with it!

  31. Gorgeous images of your beautiful daughter Lori ... and how wonderful that Nicole knitted the sample ... I love Carrie's work and this cardigan is no exception ... the connections here between some of my favourite knitty bloggy people are joyful :)

  32. Oh Lori this sweater is just so stunning on her! I know you will knit her one and then we can all watch in awe. Beautiful.

  33. I just see this lovely girl is yours!!! A perfect model for this gorgeous cardigan!
    Thank you very much for your comment on my blog:-) xx

  34. Such a beauty, your daughter is. The cardi is lovely too. The two do make a very fetching pair! Just gorgeous.

  35. A beauty- justlike her mother! And I totally love the cardigan too!


xoxo lori