Knitting in the Fall: Winterberry

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Winterberry

Pattern:  Winterberry, by Jennifer Wood of Woodhouse Knits.

Yarn:  A gorgeous merino/silk/cashmere DK-weight yarn in colour clary sage, from Lambspun of Colorado.  The yarn was hand-dyed, and there were some colour variations from skein to skein.  I bought quite a bit of the yarn almost 10 years ago, and this is the second sweater from the stash.

Modifications:  The pattern is beautiful, and I really like the winterberry cable design wrapping around the yoke and then descending down the front.  The widest part of the chart pattern is at the bottom, and I did not think it would have been flattering on me to have the sweater be negative ease and end at the hips.  So, I opted for a version somewhere between A-line (in front) and swing (in back), and turned the sweater into a tunic.  Again.

I wasn’t clever enough to figure out how to extend the charts at the bottom, so I inserted an extra round every 8-10 rounds, which added a couple of inches to the over all length.  I did not add the decorative inserts in the sleeves; I thought the design in the body was enough.

Thoughts:  Jennifer Wood is such a talented designer.  I love her aesthetics and the care she took in working out this pattern, and look forward to knitting more of her projects.

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