I don't want to stray too far from the traditional Cowichan styling. Julia Farwell-Clay's tremendous achievement in freshening up a classic First Nation design deserves honor and respect. At the same time, I'd like to lessen the visual impact of the central stranded patterns. I'm not ditching the strong horizontals; they make the sweater. But if I could make them a bit more subtle, my over-ample belly and hips would benefit.
Today I downloaded the charts and started coloring using my virtual crayons. I once was a little girl who loved crayons. Some things never change, so I colored and colored and finally settled on this plan.
I am going to make the large center pattern with a burgundy background and gold diamonds. Hopefully this will command less attention visually.
Keep in mind that the yarn colors aren't as saturated or bright as the mockup. They are closer in real life to these Cascade yarn samples.
I'm still cogitating about whether to knit this in the round with a steek or to knit back and forth as the pattern lays out. Julia designed the sweater to be knitted in stranded stockinette stitch, knitting on the right side and purling on the wrong side. I've never tried stranded purling. Guess I'll have to swatch and see if I can maintain good tension this way. Unlike everyone else I know, I'd prefer to have seams to better hold the garment's shape and provide a better fit. We'll see how it goes.
Next on my agenda: how to work some a-line or waist shaping into this straight-sided garment. I'm still cogitating on this one. More after I've figured out a solution to the challenge.