I know that some of you are waiting for the next post on the quilt along, but I wanted to do a post on something else in between. For those of you doing the sew along, I will get to that post in a couple days.
In the meantime, I made a new sweater. Last July. Yes, that says July and I am just getting around to posting it now. It’s been too cold to wear it and in July when I finished it, I was too pregnant to wear it, and then in August after having the baby, I was too . . . never mind to wear it. But – it fits now, so here it is:
The pattern is Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu. I loved making this. It has enough going on to keep me interested, but not so hard that I had to be counting, focusing, or thinking too hard while making it.
It’s an ingenious, seamless design. You start on the sleeves and yoke, which is just a simple rectangle. The pattern then transitions into the body where you use yarn overs to increase to create shape. It is meant to be worn open like this –
I added some hook and eye closures so I could wear it pulled together in the front if I wanted, or open. (I need to replace the black hooks with silver ones though so they blend in more).
The original pattern is much shorter and has a lot more increases – so it has more drape and flow. This style doesn’t work very well on me, so I followed a couple changes that some other Ravelry users were posting. (photos borrowed from the designer)
I just couldn’t resist this back, and I figured there was a way to make the design work for me. Isn’t that beautiful?
I did less increases, so the back of my sweater isn’t as beautiful/dramatic, but it still works.
I loved this yarn too. It’s Euroflax Sportweight Linen Layers by Prism. I purchased it here. It is hand-dyed so it has beautiful color variations that don’t show up in my photos. The yarn has great drape and I think it works well for this lacey pattern.
To see more details, you can find my Ravelry link here.