Cherry blossoms flow through Japan in the early spring, bringing their delicate sweet scent and the promise of warmer days ahead. Inspired by cherry blossoms, “Cerezo en Flor Cardigan” is perfect to slip into when it is too warm for a jacket, but the air still holds a hint of winter.
Cerezo en Flor is worked flat from the bottom up in six separate pieces and seamed together, creating a figure-flattering kimono shape. The two front pieces attach at the back shoulders. Stitches for the narrow pretty neckband are picked up and worked independently along the inner edges. They join at the center back and are sewn to the back panel neckline. The delicate drop shoulder sleeves attach to the body as they are in traditional kimono. The under sleeve is sewn and the stitching continues down the sides to the band.
The background for this garment is the Eyelet Zigzag stitch, a simple lace stitch using the classic yarn over, knit 2 together, and slip knit pass over; that looks like a thousand petals falling.
But the star is the Cherry Blossom stitch, that features bobbles and twisted stitches to create a sort of branch, and the perfect illustration of the bloomed cherry trees of beautiful Japan.
All these details make the Cerezo en flor cardi the perfect pattern to knit for Spring weather!