I fell in love with this picture of the Long Cardigan in the Early Fall issue of Vogue Knitting. Its pattern #01 designed by the team of Lutz & Patmos. What I didn't fall in love with was the shorter sleeves and the too busy back panel for the yarn I wanted to use. So lemons to lemon aide I turned this pattern into the perfect Fall / Winter Cardigan for me.
I used a different yarn, Rowan Plaid, an alpaca wool blend of 3 different colored sport weight yarn twisted together. The colors are turquoise, lime and grey. The yarn change called for a needle change, I used a size 11US.
I made the sleeves about 5 inches longer. Eliminated the back panel and just worked the same cable pattern for the front and sleeves across the entire back. I eliminated the pockets because I didn't have enough yarn. I also made the sweater a size smaller because I plan to attach a two way zipper to the front and wear it more fitted. I still have to get the zipper. A trip to Vardhman's on 39th between 7th & 8th is in order. And then I can stop by M&T Trimming for a button to match the Spiral Tweed Cloche.
After we dropped our son off at college we took a long week to ourselves in the Catskills.
Hubby continued his landscaping mission and I canned fruit jam and started knitting a few Christmas presents. Yes its after Labor Day already and Christmas knitting has begun.
Most recently I finished this great skirt from Veronik Avery's book 24/7. An easy knit with very stylish results. I can't wait to see it on its recipient!
A pair of socks for someone. . .
A nice Spiral Tweed Cloche also from 24/7
And just so I don't neglect myself - a slice of blue Citron
and a pair of Lacy Mock Cable socks for me.
It still seems like I have just as many projects lined up to go on the needles as are on the needles now. I guess I'll just have to keep on knitting. I love the Fall lineup on TV and my corresponding knitting time on the couch after dinner. I wish good luck to all who knit their friends and family gifts for the coming season. May no frogs leap on your doorstep and the knot fairy lose your address.