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Designer: Elizabeth Cobbe
Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X), to fit bust sizes 31 (34, 37, 40, 43, 46)”
Yarn: SHELTER by Brooklyn Tweed, 6 (6, 7, 8, 9, 9) skeins Faded Quilt and 1 skein in Fossil
Gauge: 18 sts and 26 rows = 4” x 4" in stockinette stitch on smaller needles, after blocking
Recommended Needles: US 7 (4.5mm) circular needles, 29” or longer, one set of US 7 (4.5mm) dpns, and one pair of US 9 (5.5mm) straight or circular needles
Other Suggested Tools: Stitch markers, smooth waste yarn, tapestry needle, one 1” button (or to fit buttonhole), sewing needle and thread
Suggested Skill Level: Intermediate; this pattern uses advanced shaping techniques.
From the Designer: I started from the principle that you have to be creative when designing a 100% wool garment while living in Texas. How can you make a wool garment work for the warmer weather combined with the arctic air-conditioning practices of many workplaces in this area? I decided that layers are the answer - something without much coverage, and something easy to take off and carry around when heading into the afternoon sunshine (Conveniently, this is also the sort of clothing item that works for late spring in Toronto or Boston). I also paid a lot of attention to the geometry of the garment. The curved lines at the front edges balance the strong horizontal of the waistband. Finally, whatever I designed would have to look good with a pair of cowboy boots. The lace edging at the bottom hem and sleeves lend the sweater a touch of retro chic, a thread that runs through seemingly every fashion trend in Austin, no matter the season.
Elizabeth Cobbe is a writer and knitting designer living in Austin, Texas. She is also the owner of Strand Fiber Reserve, at strandreserve.com. On Ravelry Elizabeth is MightyGoodYarn.