navajo-inspired cardi

September 25, 2011

And here’s another project I finished a while ago but neglected to blog. Inspiration came from Free People’s Navajo Cardigan (currently unavailable). Alright, it was a bit more than inspiration, it was downright thievery as I closely copied the stunning Navajo design, even down to the colorway. In doing so, I spent a good amount of time charting a pattern on Numbers (Apple’s answer to MS Excel). The actual sweater, though, is my own. Ideally, I’d have made it in gray (like the Free People one), but I had a load of oatmeal-colored aran wool to use up.

Though the colorwork at the back and on the sleeves was knitted using a combo of fair isle and intarsia techniques (time consuming!), the left front panel was done the easy peasy way — through embroidery. I used a duplicate stitch (a.k.a. Swiss darning) which mocks the look of fair isle or intarsia and although it increases the thickness of the fabric, the look is clean and the process is quick and simple. Just how I like things.




  1. Oh my gosh…this is absolutely gorgeous! I’ve been searching the web for native-inspired intarsia knit sweaters, and this is the best result I have found!! Everything about it is perfect…exactly what I am trying to make. Is there anyway you could share your pattern? Even just the chart you made? I’m sure that was a lot of work…I am MORE THAN WILLING TO PAY for it. I’m in love! Great work…

    • Hi Tara-Lee. I’m very happy that you like the cardigan! I have this terrible habit of winging projects without writing down a pattern…which is what happened with this one. BUT, I can give you the colorwork chart of the large design on the back. Just let me know where to email it. πŸ™‚

      • That would be amazing! I wish I was able to wing something this fantastic…my “winging” doesn’t seem to work out so flawlessly. My email is tarafreydurston@gmail.com
        I am so eternally grateful…you have no idea! I have many sweater patterns that I can just incorporate the chart into. THANKS SO MUCH!!

    • Hi Tara! I’ve emailed you the chart. Hope you received it! πŸ™‚

  2. Oh my gosh that rocks! It almost makes me want to knit (but I can’t because a decade of using micropipettes has damaged my wrists). But one day I’ll have a knitting machine. Then I’ll make something like this πŸ˜‰

  3. Holy heavens. This was a long time ago, but I just stumbled upon it. That cardigan is GORGEOUS. I’m dying. I want one now, and I don’t even know how to knit!

  4. r u selling

    • No, I don’t sell anything at present. Just a hobbyist. I’m flattered by your interest, though.

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