Introducing Tanqueray, a classic seamed sweater that - like the gin - is appropriate for any occasion. I was in the mood for a real wardrobe staple when I began designing this, and was still happily addicted to the little flowers I've been playing with on Chamonile. Combining the two seemed like the perfect way to go and it made me super happy. I love the delicate quality of them in this yarn. (BTW, am still addicted to the flowers. You may see them yet again!)
Tanqueray features a deep V with a twisted rib, lace, and floral detail that continues around the shoulders and meets at the back neck. The detail shows up again at the wrists, but otherwise the bulk of the knitting is all soothing stockinette.
Cotton Comfort, by Green Mountain Spinnery adds a rustic touch to the sweater, and is a perfect mid-weight DK that can be worn with almost anything, layered with a shirt under, or worn with a jacket over. It comes in a ton of great colors if you don't need a neutral wear-everywhere silver gray like I did.
And yes, I went seamed this time. I think it's good to mix things up every once in a while and I was in the mood. Plus, for a sweater that's going to get a LOT of wear and has a little cotton content, the seams add a little stability over time. Lots of simple stockinette and clean lines mean mods for your shape are still easy, and so is the finishing.
The pattern is for sale on Ravelry for $6.50, on you can find it on the Patterns Page on this website (see the link on the bar above?). Some details are below, and all the info is on the Ravelry page.
Yarn: Green Mt Spinnery Cotton Comfort, in Silver. 180 yards per skein 1000(1100,1200,1350,1450)(1550,1700,1850,1950) yards.
Needles: US#5/3.75mm needles, or size to get gauge.
Sizing: Finished width at bust: 33.5(36.5,39.5,42.5,45.5)(48.5,51,54,57)" Worn with 2.5" of ease.
Gauge: 5.5 stitches/8 rows per 1". Based on blocked stockinette swatch.
To go with this, you really just need a perfect Gin and Tonic.
2 oz Tanqueray gin
juice of half lime, fresh squeezed
pour both over ice
Add tonic and another slice of lime
(and my favorite addition - a splash of grapefruit juice)