Early in the year, someone in one of Sit and Knit’s knitting groups expressed their desire to knit this.Sit and Knit Melrose KAL Plaits and Links CardiganAs someone else echoed this sentiment, I suggested that we knit it together. Before we knew it, more than 15 people who frequent Janet’s shop were casting on either in her groups or a special KAL led by yours truly.  I had a fun time making Kathy Zimmerman’s pattern.  Working through the pieces, I made suggestions about fitting, approaches or modifications to the pattern.  My personal sweater yarn came from Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm CSA 2008  (now operating as Juniper Moon Fiber Farm in VA).

Once finished, I wore it nearly every day for a week.  And although I washed it for the winter, showers and breezes convinced me to pull it out for a tour of the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival.  People asked cautiously, “Did you knit your sweater?” before giving it lots of compliments.

Alanna's Plaits and Links CardiganDetail of back Plaits and Links CardiganStop by Sit and Knit in Melrose and you can see the sweater for yourself… in case you are so tempted.

Hold on a bit and I’ll upload notes and ideas on making this sweater based on our experiences.  Suggestions for bust darts, pattern interpretations, sleeve length and an alternative bind off for the neck edge are part of the parcel.

Janet plans to have a Plaits and Links party in the fall, where everyone can show off their work.  Perhaps we’ll see you then?