As mentioned in a previous post, when The Knitter magazine publishes one of my designs, they pick a namefor  it. The pretty striped cardigan in this July’s edition   (Issue 126),  has been named Cheltenham. This is a coincidence, as I was at art college in Cheltenham, where I studied fashion design (many years ago!) and I still have friends who live there. Cheltenham – the town – is in Gloucestershire and is situated in a valley surrounded by beautiful countryside. There are several arts-related festivals there every year, as well as the famous Cheltenham Gold Cup horse race.

Cheltenham – the cardigan – is knitted in a gorgeous soft and silky yarn from Fyberspates – Scrumptious 4 ply – comprising 45% silk and 55% wool. I’ve always loved this simple, sporty shape, with a button front and collar, and I think Cheltenham would look great worn with loose, white linen trousers (very 1930s French Riviera!) It’s a versatile garment and can be worn alone as a top, or as a cardigan over a white vest or dress.