design spotlight: may

Feb 23, 2016 :: by Leila Raabe

Here's lovely May by Bristol Ivy, from the Quince design team's Piper 2016 collection launched just last week.

We adore easy, effortless pieces like these—throw it on over anything and get going for the day, polished and put together. Bristol designed this cardigan to have just the right amount of texture, structure, and shape for uncomplicated fit.

May has some simple but interesting structural elements to it. For one, although there is seaming, it's brief and straightforward, consisting only of sewing the front pieces (first joined together at the back neck with a three-needle bind-off) to the back. This carries the textured pattern up, over the shoulders and along the top of the back. The seaming here is done at an intentionally small ratio—about one stitch of the back for each row of the front pieces—so that the cartridge rib hugs the shoulders.

Shaping is otherwise minimal—the front armhole is longer than the back to allow the shoulder to roll over as described—and that's about all that's needed for this pretty, origami-like piece.

Written for a range of 8 sizes, with finished dimensions at the bust from 36½" through 67¼", it's also easy to find the right size that works for your ease preferences, and takes a mere 3–5 skeins of Piper to work up. And in a weightless yarn like Piper, you'll get a floating, airy drape that doesn't bunch up or fight for space while you're wearing it.

Shown here in our Lone Oak color, we think it would be perfect for springtime wearing in bloom-peeping/beach-going/iced-tea-sipping Piper shades like sunny Amarillo, light blue Rock Springs, or Guadalupe.

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Previous posts about the collection: Piper 2016, design spotlight: april, birds of a feather

May color suggestions, left to right: amarillo, rock springs, guadalupe

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