I haven’t talked much about this project here, mainly because I wasn’t sure I had the stamina to finish it. See, I usually need to change things up a bit after a long-term project. If I spend a month knitting a sweater, it’s not likely I am going to want to spend another month knitting another sweater any time soon. And yet, hot on the heels of my September Sweater, I found myself casting on.
I consider the September Sweater kind of a gateway into designing my own garment. Over the course of a few years, I had made enough adjustments to the Tea Leaves Cardigan, that I understood how it was built and why certain things were done certain ways. By the time I completed this year’s hybrid, I was eager to fire up my spreadsheet, play with some measurements, and start from scratch writing my own cardigan pattern.
And so I did!
I’m very excited about the fact that this particular cardigan was 100% designed by me – something you never would have convinced me I’d be capable of, just a few short years ago!
I am modeling the size 40. I wear it with a bit of positive ease, because I want it to be something relaxed that I can wear every day during the colder months. I like that I can slip it on over a tee, a turtle neck, a peasant top, or a dress, and it still works. And I like that it’s not particularly clingy, because in my opinion, the biggest benefit to a Winter wardrobe is not having to worry about my tummy and it’s lack of flatness. Hooray for layering!
I am very interested in publishing the pattern for this cardigan. Since it’s somewhat more complicated than my usual patterns, in terms of there being multiple sizes and such, I would love some help with the testing.
As I said, I’ve knit the size 40, and I have a volunteer already to give the 34 a try. I would love two or three more people to knit up some of the other sizes (32, 36, 42, 44, 48). Any takers? (If you’re unfamiliar with how this works, you buy the yarn, you keep the sweater. I give you the pattern for free, and you let me know if you have any trouble with the instructions.) The sweater is mostly knit in stockinette, with seed stitch edging, and ribbed details. It’s a top-down knit, so you can try it on as you go, and there’s no seaming to do at the end. Here are the Ravelry details to help you decide if you’re interested. I would need your knitting to be completed by early January, as I am aiming to publish the pattern that month. That gives you two months of knitting time (keeping in mind the holidays are in there, too). Comment here, or email me at polkadotcottage at lisaclarke dot net if you’re interested! P.S. I’m open to figuring out smaller/larger sizes, if necessary.] I have enough volunteers now – thank you so much!