Pattern: Freija, by Mari Muinonen, from Twist Collective, Winter 2010.
Yarn: Yarn recycled from Kaari: Shepherd Classic 100% Wool, in “dried rose.”
Modifications: Because of gauge difference, I knitted the length for the smallest size and also did not knit 8 rows of the cable chart, and adjusted the buttonholes accordingly. Other than that, the jacket was knit pretty much as written, leaving off the bobbles.. I knew I would never wear the jacket as jacket — I can’t imagine unbuttoning so many buttons — so the front is sewn shut.
Thoughts: I think the cable design is stunning; I can imagine this pattern modified into a sweater dress/coat dress.
Pattern: Beatnik, by Norah Gaughan, from Knitty, Deep Fall 2010.
Yarn: Burgundy Silk (merino and silk) from Lambspun of Colorado. I won this yarn in a drawing from the store years ago; it has been two other sweaters, and has worn well.
Modifications: Because the yarn is DK weight, I used the numbers for size M, and ended up with a finished chest measurement of 34 inches. I followed the pattern pretty faithfully, except for picking up more stitches around the neck — I didn’t think the numbers given would result in a boat neck. It still doesn’t, but it looks good anyway.
Thoughts: It’s a Norah Gaughan design — enough said 🙂