Friday, December 09, 2011

Can you believe this is the first sweater pattern I've published since July?   It's a good one though, I hope you like it!

Mint Julep is all about classic lines and eye catching color.  It has a tailored fit, an unusual ribbing, and just a little bit of unexpected detail in the back.  My goal was to design a sweater that would have all the cozy elements of a bulkier knit, but with the more flattering look and fit of a fitted, classic cardigan.  

Gorgeous yarn in an amazing color was a fun start.  The large buttons, generous collar and deep ribbing add to the cozy feeling, but seamed construction and simple vertical lines maker a flattering design.

 I designed it to be knit in pieces, but for those of you who are used to my mods, I assure you that adjusting for your shape is easy, and directions are in the pattern on how to modify for your body shape.

Another bonus to the construction is that you can add your button bands at the end, so you can decide what kind of button placement will be most flattering while looking at the sweater, on your body, in the mirror.  Then you add the button holes!

The Quince & Co Osprey is perfect for this kind of sweater.   Soft and cozy, just the right weight, with a little bit of body to it.  On #9 needles, it knits up fast, and the stitch definition is beautiful in the ribbing and cable. And oh, those colors....


A few more shots of the ribbing and cable detail, just for fun. 
I felt that the styling should be a little unusual, but not so far off from classic that this couldn't work in any kind of wardrobe.  Knit in a bright color, it's a fun eye-catching piece, but in a neutral, it could be a great, more conservative, wardrobe staple.

The PDF pattern is available for purchase on the sidebar above, or on Ravelry
More photos and information are on the project page, but some basic details are below:

Yarn:  Quince & Co Osprey, 7(7,8,8,9,9,10,10,11) skeins.  170 yards per skein  (shown in parsley)
Sizes:  32(34,36,38,40,42,44,46,48,50)
Needles:  US#9/5.5mm needles or size to get gauge
Gauge: 4 st, 5.5 rows per 1".  Stockinette, lightly blocked


As for the Julep itself, the green of the sweater and the fact that we shot most of these in the Suffolk Downs Track parking lot dictated the cocktail.    And I do love a Mint Julep!    

Once I had these in the lovely silver julep cups, but a collins glass is just fine if you're without.

5-6 sprigs of mint
1 tsp powdered sugar
2 tsps water
2.5 oz burbon

In bottom of glass, dissolve sugar in water. 
Fill glass with shaved ice and burbon.  Stir until the glass is frosted and add  more ice if necessary.  Put mint leaves on top and serve with a short straw, since the idea is that you'll have to smell the mint!  It does smell good...



yoel said...

So gorgeous! It's such a classic and flattering design, and oh the color.

iowagirl said...

Absolutely love this design. I cast on last night in a soft sage green.

maryse said...

i like this a lot. nicely done. i love that ribbing down the back. good seeing you friday!

MJ said...

This is EXACTLY what I've been looking for! Thank you! Can hardly wait to cast on over the holidays. (It'll take me that long to decide on a colour . . . . . . what a delicious challenge!)

Turtle said...

looks gorgeous!

Hilary said...

I love it! The ribbing and cables in the back are so very you.

Ellen Mason said...

My favorite sweater designs are always the ones that are clear and elegant statements. This sweater lands in that category!