Knitting for the Winter: Ondawa

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Ondawa

Pattern:  Ondawa, by Michele Wang, from Brooklyn Tweed Fall 2014.

Yarn:  The yarn is a dk/light worsted merino/silk/cashmere blend from Lambspun of Colorado.  I had been hoarding it for many years, perhaps close to ten years.

Modifications:  I knitted it top down, in the round, with decreased number of stitches to compensate for heavier yarn.  I knew I was going to make the neck opening smaller, but if I did that, then the front was going to ride pretty high up.  So, I shaped the front a bit to give it a shallow scoop.  I also curved the back just a bit and made it tad longer because I knew it was going to ride up; in hindsight I should have made the back even longer, because it still looks a bit short to me.

Thoughts:  Back in the 1980s, I made a few wide-and-cropped sweaters (hey, it was the era), and they did not ever look good on me.  30+ years later, here I am, with a wide-and-cropped cabled sweater.  Well, I still don’t think it’s a great shape for me, because even though I am now 20 pounds lighter, I am still remarkably short.  However, the slim-fitting sleeves and the designer’s usual close attention to details makes this sweater  modern, stylish, and infinitely wearable.

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