This is a sweater I started ages ago, and only just finished yesterday. It’s based on a dress from an old Phildar magazine (winter 2008-2009, I think). While Phildar is pretty hit or miss (they can go several issues with the most hideous crap you’ve ever seen, then do an issue where you want to make every single garment in it), I find they’re not bad for basic, easily alterable shapes.
This is what the original pattern looked like:
And here’s my version:
Obviously I made the sleeves shorter, changed the neckline, and added some ribbing to the hem. I’ve also got the purl side facing out, with the side and shoulder seams exposed just for interest’s sake. I used a camel coloured shade of Drops Alpaca, double stranded with a mohair silk from Sandnes Garn, and it feels amazing! I like how having the purl side out and the seams exposed gives it a bit of a rougher look...it contrasts nicely with how incredibly soft it feels on the skin.
This definitely shouldn’t have taken me so long to finish, but I have a feeling I set it aside with the onset of summer. I still don’t have my act together in terms of the whole seasonal knitting thing (you know, starting the things you want to wear next season the season before), but I’m trying to get better. Anyways, the push was on to finish this one because I knew it would be perfect to pair with black leggings and boots for all those holiday-ish events coming up. Elegant without being fussy, comfortable and warm without being too casual, etc: it’s pretty much the perfect winter tunic.