A touch of Zen – Takumi cardigan - Kettle Yarn Co.

A touch of Zen – Takumi cardigan

September 22, 2016

Wishing I hadn’t left my newly finished Takumi behind in London. Spanish nights have been chillier than expected and I’m missing it! This beauty is from Renèe Callahan’s Zen Variations collection of simple top down patterns. I made the 36.5″ and mine knit up in just over 4 skeins of Islington DK. I used my silver colourway Blighty. The result is a classic garment I can wear with everything.


I’ve had a few questions about how it wraps around and figured pics would be simplest to show the details.

There is a small yarn over hole for the tie on the right. The icord tie goes through this for a proper wraparound – just like the Japanese work jacket that inspired the design.

It can easily be worn open, tied in the back for a different look. Knit from the top down, the icord edge is knit as you go. You can easily adjust the length to your body making this a flattering knit for all shapes and sizes.

I love this cardi and had serious troubles deciding which colour to make it in. I nearly went for darker charcoal Old Smoke

Old Smoke
…or in warmer neutral Nutkin.


Here are a few other suggestions:

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Clockwise from top left Islington DK – Siren Call, L’heure Bleue, Shiraai, Purple Reign, Persimmon

Can’t wait to see what other Islington hues people make it in!

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