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.
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) 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.
The construction is completely seamless, and relies on clever techniques and 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.
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.
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.
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?