Done and done, Willow got a walk in the New Hampshire woods for a photo shoot before we came home. (Thanks to Natalie for taking the pictures.) I finished it up just in time for a big rain storm accompanied by a cold front and I can assure you that this sweater is warm and soft like nobody's business. I'm so happy to have it.
Pattern, Willow- from Louisa Harding's book Cardigans .
Yarn: Luscious Single Silk (LSS) 50% wool, 50% silk from Blue Moon Fibre Arts, in a gorgeous green that's so me - Mossay.
This sweater is the perfect combination of cozy and classy, or at least that's how I feel about it. I feel like I could slip it on over a tidy skirt and blouse and be more or less dressed to leave the house, and that it would be equally at home over a tee and yoga pants on a snowy afternoon in the house.
I made a few changes, mostly to how the belt was worked. Louisa had the back of the belt knit right in to the sweater, but that's not my preference, so I worked it separately and crocheted belt loops to hold it in place.
Also, I shortened it a little (as I have mentioned, I'm not an average height, so my sweaters shouldn't be) and changed the button band. For starters, I didn't put any button holes, because I really couldn't see myself ever buttoning this - and then I worked a few more rows because - well. I liked it, and it's my sweater, and it's one of my favourite things about making my own clothes is that they can be just the way I like them.
(I'm sure Louisa Harding understands.)
I love this sweater.