...at least for a little while. I've been working on this bad boy since last October, and while I'm loving the finished product, I'm ready for some faster-knitting projects. It's going to be a while before I get back on the sport-weight sweater horse, despite the fact that I have at least two more sweater's-worth of sport waiting in the wings. Luckily, I have even more sweater's-worth quantities of worsted to keep me busy 'til I'm ready to re-open this door!
This was a fairly easy pattern to follow - all measurements were in the metric system, which I find I kind of enjoy - it really doesn't make sense that we're one of the few countries that still insists on clinging to the English system of measurement. I mean, the English don't even use the English system these days! Come on!
My only critique of this pattern would have to be the cables in the charts - I found the yarn overs to be a little fussy and awkward at times, especially for the first set of cables. This was especially true on the return row, where you had to knit all yo's through the back loop. Be sure to get yourself some bamboo needles for the yoke - my metal needles were a little too slippery for the task at hand.
My only other critique involves my pet peeve in the realm of pattern instructions: "decrease X number of stitches evenly across the row" - I find it incredibly frustrating to come across that in a pattern. I know it's probably hard to give those calculations for a range of sizes, but as a knitter, I find it very irritating to have to stop what I'm doing and get out my calculator.
All in all, still a great pattern - honestly, you can't ask anything more of a pattern you don't have to pay for. I didn't come across any errata, so that's pretty impressive. I am loving this sweater already and practically sleeping in it. Sorry, tea leaves and owl cardi - it seems I'm a fickle girl.
Pattern: Drops Knitted Jacket with Raglan Sleeves and Cables
Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Superwash Sport in Japanese Plum
Buttons: Vintage buttons from my stash