Sometimes, I have a love/hate relationship with a design. Well, I am in love with the finished results of this one, but it was a design process for sure!
I was very much in the mood for cables (can you tell?!), but also wanted this piece to have the same uniqueness in details and feminine touches that I try to put into all of my designs.
I started with the back of this poncho sweater, and had so much fun doing all of the fancy cable work. No boredom there!
Then, I did the front (with pockets -- I just couldn't resist!), and joined them together at the shoulders.
Then, I had my "Uh oh, I'm not liking how masculine and fisherman's sweater-ish this is!" moment. Grimace and groan. What to do?
Luckily, I still had the lower edging to do and somehow came up with the idea of further accentuating the curved bottoms with a curved border (thank you, short rows!). The result is a slightly ruffled (yea - feminine detailing!), nicely shaped bottom edges (we all want that nicely shaped bottom, eh?) that are my "SweaterBabe" touches to an otherwise more traditional-looking piece. Whew!
I left the sides open for the true poncho effect AND because this is intended to be a transition piece (as we greet spring and head into summer), I didn't want to overheat when I threw this on as an extra layer.
I'm very pleased now with the result and have already worn this too many times! Plus, heathered grey is an all-time favorite color of mine - call it my "neutral" of choice - and this one is the perfect heathery wear-with-everything shade of grey!
I do think this would be so much fun in a bright spring color (light blue or a gorgeous green?). The armbands are optional as sewing the sides at the underarm or from the underarm down to the bottom would also look great.
And thanks go to Elann.com for their fabulous Highland Chunky Wool, which I used for this sample. And thanks also to my daughter, Sammi, who took these photos! Who needs a tripod if you have a willing 8-year old around ;-) LOL.
Pattern coming soon! Gotta write it up. . .
MEANWHILE, add a comment on this blog post and enter to win one of THREE copies of this PDF pattern that I will giveaway when the pattern is released!
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Thanks and good luck to all!
*** WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT AND PATTERN RELEASE ***
Congrats to the 3 randomly chosen winners of this new released #146 Cable-y Goodness Poncho Sweater PDF pattern!
-- Danielle J., who purchased a pattern on 3/31/12.
-- Sharon, who posted a comment on this blog post 3/29/12
-- bethgirl, who posted a comment on the Ravelry thread about this giveaway 3/27/12.
Thanks for all the great entries!! All the winners have been notified by email or Ravelry private message.
The #146 Cable-y Goodness Poncho Sweater pattern is now available for sale in the pattern shop.