Awhile ago I wrote about Teva Durham’s cabled riding jacket: it was going to be my second time with the pattern, using the same Beaverslide yarn as the first time. Well, I gave it a go, and just as I thought, the pattern was still a mess. I don’t know why I thought it would go better this time around; I suspect knitters are optimists, in the sense that you work on something for a relatively long time and you expect a wonderful product at the end. So, the long and short of it is that while I still think Teva Durham is a talented designer, she needs to figure out how to write a proper pattern. The instruction for the riding jacket is a classic example of a pattern that is both under-written and over-written. Why not provide the entire chart for both skirt and bodice? Why do the cables not match at the shoulder seams? Why give such a complicated set of instructions for the collar, which can be knitted and attached in a more efficient manner? And why is said collar so tight that only someone with a bird neck can actually button it up? In the end, I took the sweater apart — again!! — and it became Véronik Avery’s Coal Cardigan.
Pattern: From Brooklyn Tweed’s BT FAll 13 collection, the Coal Cardigan by Véronik Avery.
Yarn: Beaverslide worsted-weight merino yarn, recycled from many previous projects.
Modifications: I made the smallest size, but the yarn is thicker than Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, so the cardigan ended up quite large on me with a very generous front overlap. I picked up the sleeves from the shoulders and worked them top-down, with short-row cap shaping. I have been doing this for years because I hate sewing sleeves on the body. In this case, the sleeve caps lose some definition that seams would have provided, but I’m OK with that.
Thoughts: I should have knitted this on circular needles, but side seams do provide structure. For visual balance, the cardigan should be shorter, but I like the lower hip length for coverage. It’s a nice casual sweater, and I get to use Grandma’s brooches for closure!