Greetings, knitter friends! At long last I’m pleased to announce a new sweater pattern, the very same one I’ve been working on this cold cold winter. I was able to grab some photos earlier this week on a day trip up to Peterborough where Bridget was happy to oblige me with both modelling as well as a knit-friendly visit.
Cabled sweaters are my favourite thing to knit as well as design – which should be a surprise to absolutely no one who’s been reading this blog! My goal with this pullover was to make something a little bit elegant and structured while still keeping it practical to wear, perhaps a wear-to-work or wear-wherever kind of sweater. If you’re going to put in all the trouble to knit a cabled thing, it’s nice when it makes a strong visual statement.
I used Julie Asselin Leizu Worsted in ‘moussaillon’, and if you visit Julie’s Etsy shop she has handily made up kit quantities of the yarn to go with the pattern – they’ll be there until the end of March. What I liked about this yarn is the little bit of silk quantity, it gives the superwash wool an extra boost in smooth feel and sheen, and silk content always boosts the warmth a little bit as well! I’m sure I’ll be knitting with this yarn again in the future.
Around the same time as I started this sweater I was also reading a biography of Catherine the Great, and the name stayed in my mind in association with the sweater, so ta-da! Catherine pullover. I think she would approve though, these cable panels have elegance covered. And as much as I love the swirly cables in the centre panel on this one, I think my favourite feature is actually the cuffs. I’ve been enjoying using longer cuffs in my sweaters lately, and the way the cables flow out of the cuffs makes me smile. I’m not going to lie when I say I would even consider knitting this a second time.
This is written in eight sizes measuring 33(35.75, 39, 42.5, 45, 47.75, 51, 54.5)ins around at the bust, and includes a schematic and fully charted cable patterns. It is worked from the bottom up in pieces and then seamed, and features set-in sleeves and waist shaping for modern fit.
The instructions have also been fully tech edited and I do my best to ensure clear formatting. Still, if you should encounter something that isn’t as clear or might be an error, do let me know and I’m happy to correct it.
Happy knitting, friends! And I hope you have a good project to keep you company this week.