You ever have those moments when you can mentally see a particular thing and you’re utterly confused as to why you don’t already have it? This happens to me a lot. Especially with knitwear. Take last evening, for example. I was planning my outfit for today, because the weather is supposed to be a little chilly and that means sweaters and that makes me happy. And into my mind’s eye popped what I think would be a really great outfit for these transitional spring days. Something like this…
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But not white and not fitted and not with heels because my ankles suck and I’d probably die, but that general idea.
This is what I posted on Instagram last night while trying to figure this out.
How is it possible that out of all my sweaters (this is just a small sampling) I do not have a sweater of cable-goodness that I want to wear tomorrow?! Slightly oversized, stockinette sleeves, an assortment of cables, including a staghorn variety. Is that too much to ask to magically appear in my wardrobe? Guess I know what I'm knitting… eventually. #yearofmaking 98/365
HOW DO I NOT HAVE THE SWEATER I WANT. Dramatic sigh.
So I spent this morning perusing Ravelry to see what options were already available, gathering to me some inspiration, but mostly just making me annoyed that it’s April and cabled-sweater weather will soon be a distant memory (at least until October or so).
This whole thing might be Melissa Wehrle’s fault. She knit Ondawa earlier this year and I’m realizing there are a few elements that I really love about it for my Imaginary Sweater, but it needs to be longer, and the sleeves plainer (for my Mind Sweater—Bristol’s original is amazing and I’d totally wear it as is, too).
Spinnaker has the right kind of cables but again, too much going on in the sleeves, and I think I need bigger cables.
This Confident Cables sweater from Red Heart is in the right direction with the variety of cables, but I want a crew neck, and again, the sleeves.
Apparently Brooklyn Tweed is just on the right track, though I haven’t yet found one of their patterns that’s exactly what I’m looking for. Millisande is not really what I’m looking for at this moment at all but I love it so I’m including it.
This Aegean Pullover is in the right direction—staghorn cables, plain sleeves, crew neck—but it’s a little too plain for what I’m seeing in my eye. Still a nice sweater.
Pullover PT8205 has the right kind of shape, a nice balance of cables and stockinette, and the name sounds like something from Star Wars, but the cables aren’t what I’m looking for and they’re not laid out the way I want.
Becky Herrick’s Grand View combines great cable patterns. I want mine to be a little looser and a little more eclectic in patterning.
I searched through 29 pages of women’s cabled sweater patterns using DK or worsted weight yarn and didn’t find what I’m looking for—sometimes you have to search, because it’s possible your brain just stored away something for later and that’s what your Mind Sweater actually is. And I’m going to go searching through other patterns to see if there’s something even closer. But I’m strongly suspecting there will be a lot of swatching for my own creation in the future. You know, when I can wrest control of my knitting time away from these adorable babies and their blanket “needs.”