This four-button, top-down, raglan cardi is seemless (except for the sleeves if one chooses, as I did, to knit them flat on a circular needle) with 3/4 sleeves. It's knit with Caron Naturals SPA, a bamboo blend that is super soft and super pliable. I think that's how the name got stuck in my head--the fabric is so flexible it just swings. The sweater in the pictures has zero ease, but the pattern, which I am triple-checking this weekend for mathematical errors because I am mathematically inept, will have instructions for increasing the ease. The pattern will be available for small (pictured), medium, large, and extra-large. It is primarily designed according to bust size, so the small is for bust sizes 34-36. As I test-knit through the sizes, I will update any purchased pattern-owners with corrections; but I think the instructions are pretty spot-on as they stand right now.
You may be asking, "Why the mandarin collar?" Initially, I had this sweater in mind as a quick cover-up over a tank top. Rain showers are sudden and short in Georgia, and this was a great little summer number that I could throw on, but still avoid the rain running down the back of my neck. It's too hot in the summer for a hood, I think. And about those buttons ... I finally found some, obviously. I literally searched the world over and finally found some at a sewing company in New York. These are pewter with a swirly design on each end of the button.
This sweater ROCKS!
(And Rocket took these pictures. Pretty good for a 6 year-old, huh?)