Pattern: Trailhead, by Veronik Avery, from Brooklyn Tweed Fall 2015.
Yarn: The yarn was a worsted weight Lambspun merino/silk blend in the color “barn red,” reclaimed from the Ogee Tunic that I knitted back in 2009. As pretty as the tunic was, I did not wear it. Then I got smaller, but the tunic didn’t . . . The yarn had dye variations (see picture #3) that I apparently did not notice in 2009.
The old lady buttons came from Mom’s stash; she had eight buttons, so I was able to use the extra one so that I have an alternative way to wear the collar.
Modifications: Being a short woman, the cardigan turned into more of a coat on me, not a bad thing at all since it covers my hips completely and the pockets ended up at a comfortable and useful height. I did make adjustments to the sleeve lengths as well as raglan depths and the shoulder darts so that the shoulder girdle fit properly.
Thoughts: Clever patterns require a lot of directions, and in typical BT fashion, this pattern was quite long. However, I do think it was overkill to include detailed directions on how to wash and block . . . I like the tailoring details for the shoulder; I know some knitters didn’t like how high the raglan lines are in the front, but I think they look fine. The arms are also more fitted than I would have thought given the relaxed fit of the rest of the cardigan. It’s a design choice that I personally would not have made, but I went with it and ultimately I think it does work for this particular jacket. I have knitted quite a few Veronik Avery designs in the past and always appreciate her attention to details.