Fancy a Winter Knit-Along?

I think it's that time. I think that even though I haven't finished my Kayleen Pullover from the last knit-along. I think that because I've fallen in love with the Zuni Cardigan by Jesie Ostermiller, from the Winter 2014 issue of Interweave Knits.

This sweater is perfect. It's got a beautiful shawl collar, for starters. Shawl collars are so cozy, and they're fun to knit; they appear gradually after you pick up stitches and knit short-rows. Super exciting. Knitters, you get my enthusiasm.

But back to Zuni. The colorwork is fantastic; there are sparse stripes, appearing just three times, but they're studded with small bobbles, so they really pack a wallop. I don't always love bobbles, but here they're perfect. Check it out:

I love a tie closure, but it doesn't love me. I have what I call a "spare tire," so the tie closure is not my friend. I think I'll use a big hook and eye; there are some truly large ones out there, and I've seen them in brass.

Here are the details:

Zuni Cardigan by Jesie Ostermiller

Finished Size 37 (39, 43, 47½, 51½ , 55½ )" bust circumference. Cardigan shown measures 39", modeled with 2" of positive ease.
Yarn Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted (100% wool; 220 yd [201 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): #12501 oatmeal heather (MC), 7 (7, 8, 9, 9, 10) skeins; #12503 charcoal heather (CC1) and #12182 gold spice (CC2), 1 skein each.
Needles Size 3 (3.25 mm): straight. Size 4 (3.5 mm): 32" circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Markers (m); waste yarn for marking pocket; tapestry needle.
Gauge 23 sts and 29 rows = 4" in St st on larger needle.

As the description in the magazine says, Zuni is like the sweater you grabbed from your grampa's closet. Jesie has refined it, though, with some shaping and nice design details. As a short-armed person, I really appreciate the long ribbing at the cuffs. I'll probably make mine shorter, but I like that several inches are called for, because I'll still get a generous amount of ribbing.

The ribbing at the bottom is deep, too. I love that.

So, what do you think? Do you want to knit along with me? Leave a comment below and let me know if you're in.

And if you don't get Interweave Knits, subscribe today so you'll get the Winter issue with the Zuni pattern!


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