This one took a month to finish because knitting the first sleeve in one day proved to be too much for my left hand, which resulted in a two-week break from hand-knitting. The cardigan was actually completely finished and ready to wear yesterday but the gray skies outside were not conducive to taking decent pictures.
I really liked my Jewel cardigan so I used the same pattern, with only a few changes.
- the original Jewel cardigan requires a camisole, this cardigan has a longer button band to cover the bits that need coverage - this required recalculating the neckline decreases as well as buttonhole spacing;
- I added a shawl collar - this was simple: instead of decreasing the total number of stitches at the neckline, for each decrease in stockinette I added one stitch to the front band that would become the collar;
- full-length sleeves instead of bracelet length;
- I wanted the back more fitted at the waist - I decreased the peplum by eight stitches where back darts would usually be and then recalculated the side increases to add the eight stitches back.
The yarn is sport-weight Nature Spun by Brown Sheep. I just love this yarn - it's so easy to knit, blocks beautifully, and it feels soft and warm on the skin. I have a few more cones of it in this color and a lighter gray so you'll be seeing it again :-)
I am very happy with how this sweater turned out. I'm thinking about making it in multiple colors. One additional change I would make on future cardigans is move the buttonholes in by a stitch or two. I think it would be prettier to have more of the edge showing.