Yarn: I believe the yarn is by Reynolds. It is a light DK weight wool and acrylic blend yarn I bought sometime in the mid-1980s. Mom loved mauve (and all its variations), so I knitted a lacy vest for her. She did not wear it much because it was too nice for “everyday” wear, and she didn’t want to get it dirty. I brought it back after she died and took it apart, and now it is Cascata.
Modifications: I love the lace “cascade” on the left side, but did not like how rapidly the triangle grew because of the every 4th row increases. So, I alternated the increases on both the lace panel as well as on the right (along the faux seam). I like my sweaters to cover my hips, so I knitted all 138 rows of the lace charts. I also started with 138 stitches at the top, as though knitting size XXS, and adjusted all the directions as needed to compensate. Finally, I did not like how large the arm holes were on the original cap sleeves. I had enough yarn, so I made the sleeves elbow length.
Thoughts: I don’t usually like in-the-round yoke construction, but the designer took care to shape the neckline so that there were no “puffy” areas, and the front and the back sit properly on the neck and shoulders. I also like the yo increases as a design element. This was a fast knit, and a lovely pattern for Mom’s yarn.
Bear is a sweet guinea pig we have been babysitting for almost a month while his family flit here and there all over the world. We would keep him, but his mom probably misses him!