Hiroko Fukatsu’s Hitofude Cardigan is a lovely, swingy sweater featuring a beautiful, intricate lace pattern. The shape and structure of this piece make it an interesting garment to knit and a unique addition to your wardrobe. Don’t be discouraged if this seems like a more challenging project than you’re used to – the directions are easy to follow and very precise. Hitofude is a very special cardigan – more than worthy of the time you will invest knitting it!
The designer notes: “As implied by the name ‘Hitofude,’ meaning a single brush stroke in Japanese, this open front cardigan with an allover lace pattern is worked in one ‘yarn stroke’ – a continuous strand without cutting the yarn.” This really is true! Apart from the 2 ends from each skein, there are only 2 other ends to sew in at the end – the start and finish!
Shibui’s Staccato yarn, an exquisite blend of merino and silk, is a dream to knit and lends the cardigan a gorgeous drape . Note, though, that a small swatch will not be a good indication of true tension in the final product. If you decide to knit this sweater with Staccato, or any other yarn with significant silk content, we encourage you to knit a large swatch and wash it before casting on. Actually, we recommend you do this no matter the yarn you select 🙂