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Meet Ikaika

Ideas will roll around in my head.

They come from places all over, a good book, a woman at Art Walk, a conversation with a complete stranger. Ideas will take shape and develop legs and wander, often aimlessly, in my mind.


And so it is with Ikaika, a sweater with an untamed free spirit, named after my daughter’s favourite horse. The colour of the yarn resembles to you perhaps the colour of fall, but for me it conjures to mind the deep vibrant earth at the ranch which stained so many shirts, jeans and shoes. Natalya was never any happier than those moments on her loving friends. Saying a hui hou on her last time around the ranch was difficult for Natalya; as her mother I hurt doubly.

And so Ikaika’s hoof pawed the red dirt in my mind’s eye. Her care free mane blowing behind her. Her strong stately presence softened in memories of Natalya grooming her and whispering secrets between them. That horse was incredibly strong! She could barrel out and fly with a bold force that would leave you breathless in wonder. She could check that power and strength and gently nuzzle alfalfa cubes from an 80 pound wisp of a girl.

The images collected.

They knit together the fabric of a cardigan that I share with you now.

IMG_7871Created in Infinite Twist Persimmon as shown, Helix is held double throughout the knit. Two strands work together to breath life and structure in to the creation of this all season wardrobe piece reminding me of a girl and her horse. The cardigan fronts are uniquely their own, a touch of spirit at the bottom of one blowing like hair in the wind and delicate accents reigning in the neckline of the other. The two motifs come together to run free on the back of the cardigan.

Construction and Details:

Right and left fronts blend their patterns to mirror the back motif. Worked as separate pieces from the bottom up, the sweater is seamed at the shoulders and sides. Stitches are picked up to work the sleeves in the round. Simple to knit, simple to wear, and anything but boring! This project is a great sweater for knitters with a bit of knitting and purling under their belt, looking for a new adventure!

Size: One size fits most. Three different lengths for sweater body and sleeves included to personalize fit. Easy to adjust.

Finished measurements: Bust – 42” for all sizes, Length: 20 (21, 23)”

Gauge: Using 2 strands of Helix held together:

15 sts x 25 rows per 4 inch in stockinette on US 9s

This sweater kit is currently offered in 3 colour choices by Infinite Twist. The kit includes the beautiful yarn and sweater pattern (printed copy included in kit upon delivery with a code included for you to add the pdf to your e-library)


You will also receive needles and notions to create your new sweater as well as a sweater pin to reign in Ikaika. A special pattern helps page supports links and suggestions for knitters as they create. And if you use the code “withmel” at checkout you may even get some free mini cakes of yarn!

This pattern will not be available for individual sale until sometime in November. As it was my hands and thoughts that worked this cardigan from images of a girl, a horse and an island, I cannot encourage you enough to create this cardigan as it was meant to be in Helix yarn.  Interested in a different colour? Add your choice in the comments below! The colour with the most “Hear!Hear!”-‘s may find itself added to the list!

My best aloha to you,



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17 thoughts on “Meet Ikaika

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  2. I absolutely love the pattern and the kit, but I don’t need the circular needles, or even the rest of the accessories. Is it possible to purchase the kit without these items? And if I purchase now, am I correct that I would get the kit in 2 weeks, but the pattern will come later? Thank you!!


    • Aloha! The kit is actually a better value as the pattern and the yarn together cost more than the amount of the kit, even with the accessories. The accessories are a free gift from Infinite Twist. They could make a great little treat to pass on if you do not need the items. The sweater fastener is an exclusive treat for the kit and one you may find handy to fasten.
      Kits are ordered and filled by Infinite Twist, so perhaps check in with her for the timeline. They are very efficient with the order process and you would most certainly have it before you know it. The pattern is included as a beautiful printed copy and will include a special code to allow you a free e-copy for your pdf library.
      Ordering the kit is a great deal, you actually save a few bucks! Please let me know if you have any additional questions =) It makes me so excited to know you like the pattern!


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  4. I love this cardigan! Great vibrant colors and the idea behind the naming is just so touching. I will need to save up a little before I can afford it, but fortunately my birthday is coming up in a couple of months. I hope the kits will still be available then.


  5. I have never seen a kit include all those extras. That is quite a large BONUS! Hope I have time to get one and get it done for a holiday gift as my oldest son is getting married last weekend of November. Aghhhhh!!!


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