Get ready for a new knit-along!

    
The Caftan Pullover
TN Yarn Lady's Caftan Pullover. She sewed up the front, too!
    
Love the 2-color pullover that a2965z-craft knit up. She says the colors are a little off in this photo and that the inset and hem are more red than pink.

Some of us finished up our Caftan Pullovers on schedule (and by "some of us," I mean people other than I!). I've got the front and back done and a sleeve cast on and started. I hope to have the whole thing done by new year's eve so I can wear it at our annual party.

It's such a neat design—so unusual and eye-catching. I'm making a few modifications, such as sewing up the front a bit—maybe just the first two medallions—and not putting on the buttons. Then again, I'm a sucker for buttons, so maybe I will put them on.

What's holding me back on the buttons is that I picture this sweater being both a little bit dressy and a little bit not. I can imagine it with tuxedo pants on new year's eve and then with yoga pants, curled up on the couch watching the Rose Bowl. (I'll bet you didn't know your sweaters had a nightlife and a day-life of their own!

Anyway, I just need to get it done! And it's time to vote on a new knit-along, so I REALLY need to get crackin'!

It's Time for a Midwinter Knit-Along

I've chosen four designs that I've had my eye on for awhile now; I think each of these will transition nicely into the next season. I hope you'll like them as much as I do!

    
Frontier Blues Jacket by Wendy Bernard. I've knit up two of Wendy's top-down cardigans, and this one is next on my list. The top-down construction is such a great technique to use to get the perfect-fitting sweater; you can try it on as you go, and make adjustments on the fly. I really love the ribbon detail on the placket, too, It adds so much. I have a bag of Rowan All-Seasons Cotton that would be perfect for this cardi.
Gamine Tank by Cathy Carron. I featured this tank in one of the Interweave Knits galleries this year, and it's a great piece! I liked it best over a long sleeved tee, or on it's own. The ribbed fabric is really stretchy, and it flattered many body types.  The tank flows gracefully from the stylish neckline. It's easy to adjust length on this piece, too, Just do more of the lace pattern before switching to the rib.
Heritage Cardigan Seaweed Cardigan
Heritage Cardigan by Sharon Shoji. I love this cardi! It's so perfect for the end of winter, too, when you just need a vest. It's a great alternative to those down vests, don't you think? This cardi provides so much possibility for color fun, too! The colorwork section is beautiful as is, but it would also be great in bright colors.
Seaweed Cardigan by Cecily Glowick MacDonald. This was also featured in an Interweave Knits gallery, and my gallery girls all loved it. This is a lighter-weight design for our warmer-weather friends! I love this piece— think it might get my vote! The lace pattern is an easy one to memorize, too.

Let's get this party started! Make your voice heard by voting in the survey. I'll announce the new knit-along on January 3—we'll get the new year started with a bang.

Cheers,

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