Modification Monday: Flight Cardigan

Original Pattern: Seamless Saddle Shoulder Pullover

Knitter Extraordinaire: Uncia (Ravelry, blog)

Mods: Uncia changed the pullover pattern to be an open front cardigan with a cabled front band, and a horizontal cable band at the hem. Her project page has fantastic, detailed notes on how she made this cardigan, check out her project page here.

What Makes This Awesome:  The saddle shoulder is a really under-used construction in knitted garments, especially since it looks SO GOOD! Knitting a saddle shoulder sweater has just moved to the top of my knitting plans. I love Uncia’s take on this, because while saddle shoulder sweaters are not typical (although I suppose the knitted on set in sleeve is a variation), saddle shoulder cardigans are especially atypical. Her goal was a comfy, slouchy cardigan with cabled fronts and hem, and she absolutely nailed it- Everything about this looks so comfortable, but so elegant. And it has pockets! because no comfy cardi is complete without pockets.

Uncia is a master of the mod, by the way- check out several of her previous Mod Monday contributions right here!

Modification Monday: Cusp

Modification Monday: Cusp |

Original Pattern: Cusp

Knitter Extraordinaire: Onkuri (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods:  Changed the neckline to a steeked v-neck, and made vertical arm slits instead of horizontal ones. Project page can be found here, and has amazing details and some great thoughts on other potential modifications. I highly recommend reading her notes if you are even considering knitting the pattern.

What Makes This Awesome:  Oh, where to begin! I agree that the v neck really helps echo the ‘wedges’ of the pullover, the result is great.  Her solution of the vertical arm slits help prevent the fabric from bubbling in unflattering ways while wearing the garment,  and allow for better elongation of the ‘sleeve’ which makes it much more wearable for the average person. Onkuri also noted that as it’s knit from the center out it’s very easy to customize fit, even for a variety of gauges.  The result is a drapey, flattering fit for a garment that might otherwise be difficult to wear- Onkuri’s version is shows just how wearable it can really be!

Modification Monday: Cusp |

Modification Monday: Cranberry Nectar

Psst:’s blog had a little feature about Mod Mondays, go check it out! 

Original Pattern: Ambrosia

Knitter Extraordinaire: Onkuri (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Change the gauge from worsted to DK, bottom up instead of top down,  changed the neckline and hems, lengthened sleeves, and increased the size of the cabled fronts.

What Makes This Awesome: I love Onkuri’s mods, she has a way of taking a beautiful pattern and finding a way to strip it down to the key elements, and rebuild for the most flattering details possible. I love the shallower neckline, it emphasizes the thicker cables and clean lines through the body that end with i-cord hems, which finish off the smooth look. The result is stunning!

Modification Monday: ZickZack Cardi

Original Pattern: Zickzack Tunic

Knitter Extraordinaire: Onkuri (Ravelry ID, blog )

Mods: Turned the original laceweight tunic pullover into a fingering weight open front cardigan with picot edging. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: I think we can all agree, this is a gorgeous cardigan! I love how Onkuri took the zigzag lace idea and used it as template for this amazing cardigan. Did you see the mitered corners on front edges? And there is something so perfect about the picot bind off- it adds such a delicate touch to the cardigan. Swoon!

Modification Monday: Shifting Sands Cardi

Original Pattern: Shifting Sands

Knitter Extraordinaire: Onkuri  (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Turned the scarf pattern (oh yes, you read that correctly- a scarf) into a cardigan. Great details can be found on her blog post here, and her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: So many clever things about this knit. I love that she fully incorporated the scarf into the cardigan. The scarf portion is divided into three sections for the collar and neck, which is a clever way to do the shaping. I even love the colour!! such a beautiful knit.