Midtown is a mid-weight, open front, cocoon sweater with fitted, three-quarter length sleeves. It features a chevron texture pattern set on end with ombré color transition at the hems and cuffs, and graphic intarsia motif at center-back. The sweater back and fronts are worked bottom-up and seamed. After seaming, sleeves are picked up and knit in the round leaving very little finishing work.

I began designing this sweater with the concept of “hearts” in mind. I wanted to explore the idea of Kansas City as “The Heart of the Nation” as it is so often called, but actual heart shapes were far too cutesy for what I envisioned. I chose the jacquard stitch pattern for the front and hems of the sweater because it fits a Midwestern aesthetic, but also because when you look at it from the side it morphs into stacked hearts. The tribal-inspired, striped motif on the back cradles another heart as its crown.