At the beginning of summer I frogged 5 sweaters, because there are always new knitting adventures to be had with old yarn:
Pattern: St. Patrick, from A Fine Fleece: Knitting with Handspun Yarn, by Lisa Lloyd. This is a beautiful, harmoniously-balanced Aran sweater, with hints of Alice Starmore without her insane gauge. I wish I had designed it.
Modifications: I think I may have knitted the pattern more-or-less as written, although now that I look at it, I changed the ribbon cable slightly in the front.
Yarn: My favorite, Beaverslide Yarn worsted weight. This yarn has held up remarkably well through its three previous incarnations. Though it is a bit felted now, the cable work still stands out in gorgeous detail.
Size: Properly slightly-oversized.
Pattern: Tweedy Aran Cardigan, designed by Norah Gaughan, originally published in “Interweave Knits” Winter 01/02.
Modifications: Made the body longer with more shaping through the waist, made the collar wider, and picked-up and knitted the set-in sleeves from the top down using short rows. I knit pretty much all my sleeves this way now — it makes for a neater finish. No button at the very bottom (although there is in fact a buttonhole), mainly because I only had 5 buttons, but I like the look of it without the bottom button.
Yarn: Rowan Yorkshire Tweed DK — first experience with this yarn, and it is a delight. And I can actually wear it next to the skin!
Size: Gently fitted — I’m sure I tweaked something to accommodate the lighter-weight yarn I used.
Buttons: Vintage glass buttons — it’s not very obvious in the pictures, but the buttons are all different.