Best Sweater Ever?

The answer is yes. It is, at least, a personal best. I love everything about this sweater and I shall wear it forever and ever.

This is the Leitmotif Cardigan from the Fall 2010 issue of Interweave Knits. I knit it using Madelinetosh’s Vintage in the “ink” colorway — the yarn is incredibly gorgeous, and it’s superwash! It did grow considerably in wet blocking — about 4 inches in length, and an inch or two in width. Both were things I was basically anticipating and hoping for, though. It’s ended up only about an inch longer than the pattern says it should be — and that’s a-okay, because my long torso always requires some additional inches. The only thing I’d do differently if I knit this again would be to knit the back a little bit narrower, because the widening in blocking means that the “sleeve caps” end up occurring well below my shoulders. It looks fine, though, and I’m doubly glad that I modified the sleeve caps to be less puffy. (I did fewer and wider short rows, as I explain in more detail here.) I also, of course, shortened the sleeves to fit my stumpy arms. They’re like 2 or 3 inches shorter than the pattern says they should be. :/

Here’s the cablework on the back. I’m thrilled at how well it came out; everything lined up perfectly at the center.

I’ve only attached the one hook-and-eye closure you see here — the pattern calls for putting 5 of them down the front starting at this under-bust point, but I think that would create an unflatteringly gappy center line.

So, hey, mission accomplished! On Tuesday night I fly back to the east coast with some smaller traveling projects that I’ll show you next time.

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