I ordered this book the minute I saw the Wrought Iron Cardi. This unique but classic v-neck, shawl-collared cardigan features waist shaping and an easy twisted stitch motif. I started mine yesterday now that the Color Affection is off the needles. The sweater uses an interesting construction. You start by knitting saddle shoulder straps (Dottie, do you hear this calling your name?) and then picking up stitches and continuing from the top down. The sleeves are worked by picking up stitches along the armhole, working short rows for the cap shaping, then continuing in the round.
I ordered Woolen Rabbit Grace, a hand-dyed, 100% merino in the Forever In Blue Jeans colorway. I'll write more about this gorgeous yarn soon but suffice to say, it's spectacular. For now, I'll show you the beginnings of my saddle shoulder. Honestly, I'm in love. And of course, everything looks better when modeled by an ever-patient and always-sleepy pug.
She also gives a great hint for plus-size knitters. "You could potentially add some armhole increases to the front to make the front wider, i.e., use the smaller size for crossback then add extra armhole increases to increase the bust measurement." I'll definitely be making this mod.
If you're not up for an entire cardigan, then try one of the Wrought Iron Cardigan's lovely siblings: the Wrought Iron Socks, Mitts, and Tam. Aren't they gorgeous?
Stephannie also offers insight on modifying this pullover. "The Tiles sweater should be easy to modify for length in most sections. See where the waist shaping works best for you, and adjust from there... note that the neckline beading starts at the armhole bind off row. If you think you need more room after the bust increases than this will give you, you'll need to take that into consideration. Check your row gauge, see how many inches 22 rows will take you, and see if you need more than that. Bust short rows may be a little tricky given the neckline design, too."
California Revival Knits offers 14 extraordinary designs. There's something for everyone. I bet you'll just love her unusual Peacock Cowl and Gauntlets set. So creatively different and absolutely beautiful.
And don't forget these whimsical Fringe Socks. Love them!
To celebrate this amazing book, I'm giving away a free copy! Just leave a comment below; tell me which design you'd most like to make and I'll pick the winner at random. If you'd like to order California Revival Knits, visit Cooperative Press. To learn more about Stephannie, visit Sunset Cat.