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It’s finished! It’s finished! It’s finished!

Tea Leaves, complete

aaaaand, it’s going to be 80+ degrees by this afternoon.  Harumph.  So I probably won’t be wearing my new Tea Leaves Cardigan today, but I’m happy to know it’s finished and ready to go, as soon as the warm+muggy stuff leaves and the crisp+cool stuff returns.  I guess I needn’t have worried about finishing in time for Sweater Weather.  I always seem to forget that September teases us with a few lovely cool nights and then sneakily reverts to mid-August-like behavior for a week or two.

So, the sweater: I knit a size Large, which in retrospect may have been too big.  I do like my sweaters roomy, but I get the feeling this one was meant to be less so than mine is.  It’s ok, though. As I said, I like them roomy.

Tea Leaves, complete

Tea Leaves, complete

I chose not to knit the sleeves 2-at-a-time like I usually do, because it’s nearly impossible to try the sweater on when it’s a tangle of sleeves and needles and yarn.  I have decided that for me, it’s a good idea to try on the sweater as I go and to get the sleeves the perfect length.  Otherwise, the object that I spent a month working at and sweating over would likely be relegated to the closet and never worn.  Ask me how I know that…

This sweater is not going the way of my other three.  It is most certainly going to be worn.  The sleeves are a great length for me, unlike those of the Lion Neck Cardigan.  The neck is a nice size and does not continually fall off my shoulders like the Sassy Cardigan does.  And the front has a closure that flatters my figure way better than Sassymetrical can.  I do, actually, still wear the Sassy Cardigan and Sassymetrical from time to time, but I am always tugging at them, or adjusting the fit. They’re kind of annoying to wear.  And The Lion Neck Cardigan? Destined for frogging, I think.

Tea Leaves, complete

So this one is the best of the four by a long shot.  It looks nice with a skirt + tee, or with jeans + a blouse. (I tried both this morning.)  It’s totally going to be my go-to sweater this season, and hopefully well beyond.

Ok, Sweater Weather, bring it on – I’m ready now!


Pattern: Tea Leaves Cardigan by Melissa LaBarre

Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers in Lake Chelan (9451)

Needles: #7 and #6 circulars, #7 dpns

Modifications: None!

Buttons: From my thrift-store button collection, but I’m hoping to replace them with a homemade pair when inspiration strikes


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31 thoughts on “It’s finished! It’s finished! It’s finished!

  1. Pretty!
    (you and the sweater, both)

    1. Aw, thanks!

  2. It’s LOVELY. Nice work!

    1. Thank you! Now I’m wondering what I’m going to do with my hands while I watch tv tonight 😉

  3. Ok – that’s fabulous! I am completely mystified by knitting, never having attempted anything more than a some scarves. Absolutely beautiful!

    1. Thank you! I have to say, I felt exactly the same way about knitting only two years ago. Something somewhere clicked, though, and here we are 🙂

  4. It looks great!!! I got the bag today, thanks again for it and the patterns. Love them all.

    1. Glad you like them! Enjoy 🙂

  5. Gorgeous and my favorite color. I never tire of turquoise.

    1. I hope I never tire of turquoise, too – my son wants a sweater now in a similar color. Hope I have the stamina for another month with this color 🙂

  6. Looks fantastic and the color is beautiful… Are you going to Rhinebeck this year? Also “roomy” is good in a sweater to allow for all those under layers we will surely need in a few months..Whats on the needles next?

    1. Thanks! You know, I have never been to Rhinebeck, and I just checked to see when it is, but it’s a bad weekend for me to get away, unfortunately. Maybe next year! I take it you’re going? Have fun!

      Next on the needles is a hoodie for my 11-year-old.

  7. Wow! You should be so proud. It turned out fantastic. That pattern is on my long need-to-make list! Beautiful color and lovely button choice. Hope you enjoy it during the cooler weather!

    1. Thank you – the weather turned cool this morning finally, so yay! I’m considering adding more buttons all the way down, but I haven’t decided yet…

  8. Hey Lisa …it looks great, good job. somewhere you were asking for suggestions for a sweater for your son. Look up the wallabee sweater. Classic, kid friendly, you may even want one too!

    keep knitting,


    1. Thanks for the complement and the suggestion! Someone on Twitter pointed me that way, too. Looks neat.

  9. […] would like dark teal,” he said.  Now, just having spent three weeks madly knitting a turquoise sweater, I was truly hoping for something different to give my eyeballs a little variety.  There were some […]

  10. Yea!! It looks so good.

    1. Thanks – I am loving it 🙂

  11. That turned out really beautifully! Great job

    1. Thank you. I’ve been wearing it every day for a week and a half 🙂

  12. […] so, I’ve been wearing my new Tea Leaves cardigan everywhere, and pretty much every day since I finished it.  I realized maybe I was going overboard […]

  13. […] by asking Eamonn what color family he wanted for the blanket.  He chose bluish greens. (Like mother like son [and brother] I guess!)  I chose a nice little pile of aqua-adjacent colors to buy, and […]

  14. […] knit my first one in 2011, in a gorgeous heathered teal, and I wore the daylights out of it, October through April. […]

  15. […] of my mind. Last night I dipped into my stash and pulled out a ball of Cascade 220 (leftover from my first Tea Leaves) and a ball of Berroco Vintage (which I had laying around from my current blanket project), and I […]

  16. […] many green sweaters I already have, but hey – this one is Granny Smith green. The others are teal, kelly, and pine. One can never have too many different shades of green in their wardrobe, I say. […]

  17. […] the second Tea Leaves I have made (more on the first one here), but there are some key differences between the […]

  18. Yes beautiful!! I have finished the yoke and petrified to begin the separating of stitches for the arms. Smile

    1. Ooh, don’t be petrified – that’s my favorite part! Once you’ve done that, the knitting gets so much easier because there are far fewer stitches on your needle 🙂 It’s really not too hard, once you get over being intimidated. Go for it! 🙂

  19. […] the heathered buttons. I replaced the generic stash buttons on my original Tea Leaves cardigan from last year with these new polymer buttons. They’re meant to mimic the look of a heather […]

  20. […] have been resisting turning on the heat, just so that I could wear my new sweater, sit under my favorite lap quilt, and sip a warm beverage.  I feel like too much heat in the house […]

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