I haven't been my usual hyper-prolific self this year, but I have churned out a few big projects. The latest is Watercourse, by Carina Spencer. It's an A-line, hip length hooded cardi with pockets and textured borders, and I love it.

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I love the way this piece looks with a dress (though not necessarily this dress; I think it needs something more casual, with a lower waist)Β  or a flowy top. It's an interesting combination of wooly and refined, thanks to feminine details and i-cord edgings. I used 6 and a bit skeins of Cascade 220 Heathers, which gave a cozy-looking result. I love the colour, as well.

One day Jacob will learn to get the entire sweater in all the photos. One day.

One day Jacob will learn to get the entire sweater in all the photos. One day.

The construction is completely seamless, and relies on clever techniques andΒ  a bit of grafting to come together. The hood is comfortable and functional (you'd be surprised how many hoods are neither), but it looked seriously silly with this outfit. I felt like a Druid attending high tea, or a really froofy Jedi.

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The only written shaping is provided by a cute gathered detail at the centre back, but I did lower my needle size about halfway up the body to increase the effect.

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I need to purchase a clasp or two for the front closure, but for now a pin from my horse show days does the trick. A little negative ease in the bust shows off the fact that I do have a waist under there.

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I can see this sweater getting lots of wear during transitional weather. I'm extremely happy with it! The only thing I would change would be to make the sleeves a few inches longer. I thought I had made them elbow length, but apparently I missed that mark. Whoops. Ah well.

So, what do you think? How would you style this unusual cardigan?

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