This weeks subject was 10 Favorite Sweater Patterns, and I started to compile a list, but then I had other thoughts. I was out in the garden on Monday morning, and that and a combination of a spinning marathon has killed my back once again. So sitting at the computer and making links wasn't on.
I do have a few, what I consider quintessential sweater pattern in mind, and they have a few things in common. Wearability- will this design be worn? Comfort- speaks for itself. Style- not too out there, but distinguishing itself by color or texture, and last but not least, fun to knit. I think alot of pattern writers out there get caught up in putting something on paper, an idea, and lose sight of the person who will actually be executing the instructions. I have come across alot of patterns lately that looked great in the pic, but once I started reading the pattern, thought "forget it"- they are so convoluted and complicated that you have no idea what you're supposed to be doing in the first place.
Flyingdales- by Lisa Lloyd. As a matter of fact, alot of her patterns are wonderful. Really well written, wearable items that have an element of style that is classic. I plan on making another Flyingdales with some Blackwater Abbey yarn (another source of great patterns).
Love it. I've made a number of Norwegian sweaters, and they were displayed in the yarn shop I worked for in the '80's. Laura had a small cardi, which I kept.
Until next time, fleece out.