ten months ago i wrote excitedly about the publication of my leaving sweater pattern in the winter issue of twist collective and today i feel just as excited that we are now adding this pattern to our online shop, just in time for fall.
leaving is a sweater with a dual personality—the pattern includes both a cardigan AND a pullover version; you can knit one or both (i have both and i truly cannot say i prefer one over the other!).
they each have a purpose in my wardrobe—i like the cardigan because it’s dressy enough to function as a jacket, but much more comfortable for me than a structured piece.
the pullover looks nice with jeans or a skirt as a standalone piece—the fabric is truly soft and delicious against bare skin.
but the nicest feature of this sweater for me is the way it fits—close through the shoulders, bust, and sleeves, with a looser flare around the middle and hip area. not only is it a flattering shape for most figure types, but it’s easy to wear and move around in.
i’ve never been able to wear a scoop neck without worrying about it gapping, but this one works nicely—it implies a lower cut and open look, but lays nicely against my chest at all times.
shown above, the small size cardigan in woolen rabbit oasis, a 50/50 camel/silk blend, in colorway chocolate chambord.
i went to my favorite source, moving mud for the cardigan buttons—i knew their beautiful glass creations would be a wonderful finishing touch.
the pullover is shown in size small, also knit in oasis, colorway moroccan spice, while a second cardigan in size extra-small was knit in colorway birch beer, a colorway that my friend kim created just for this project (click here to read the full story).
many thanks go out to everyone who work on the production of this piece with me—my friend kim, the brilliant dyer, AKA the woolen rabbit, my friend karolyn whose knitting you marvel over here and on ravelry, my husband david, whose photography and filmmaking we enjoy so much, my friend tana, our inveterate tech editor and mistress of sizing, my friends ronni and anne marie—each and every one of them contributed time and talent to make this piece happen. thank you all so much!
i’m in waterloo, ontario for the next week—knitters fair is tomorrow, so if you plan to be there, please stop by the shall we knit? booth to say hello. and if you live nearby, karen has scheduled me to teach a couple of classes on wednesday and thursday evening in the shops new waterloo location (VERY nice; you should stop by); please visit their website or call the shop for more information or to register (there are still spots available!)