Thursday, June 23, 2016

Greenbriar is my idea of a perfect summer cardigan - loose and easy and lacy.  Green Mountain Spinnery's Mewesic yarn is beautiful and delicate and still offers a little warmth for a summer night or an air conditioned office.  And it's round and soft and wonderful on the needles, for a summer sweater that still feels satisfying to knit!  Plus, this one can easily go into Fall or Winter as well.

The sweater is really all about this lace panel. I love how the tweed looks in delicate leaves, and the motif was easy and addictive to work once I got that first leaf going. The distinct lines make any errors easy to see and the "one more leaf" thing kind of takes over and you can't stop (or I couldn't...).

I had a little fun at the panel's end, working a shaped decrease and transition at the lower back.

The rest of the cardigan is quite simple, with a subtle V-shape and ribbing along the fronts. It's knit seamlessly from the top down, with contiguous shaping at the shoulders and the collar is picked up and knit last.  I like it with a loose, easy shape, but if you wanted to wear it more fitted or if you wanted to add buttons to the fronts, modifications are easy and included in the pattern.

The Greenbriar pattern is available on Ravelry for $7.00 or in the sweater section of the blog.  More photos, details and test knits are also on Ravelry.

I apologize for not getting a good full front shot for you, but sweet little Louisa here kept us a little busy and was kind of adorably distracting. Food truck lunch was waiting.  However, there are a few test knits and I know they have some lovely versions modeled beautifully from the front, so be sure to pop over to Ravelry and take a look!.

As for a drink, a Greenbriar is a simple concoction:

2/3 sherry
1/3 dry vermouth
1 dash of peach bitters
1 sprig of fresh mint

Shake sherry, vermouth and bitters well with ice and pour into a glass with the mint.