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