Original Pattern: Penguono
Knitter Extraordinaire: Clare (Ravelry ID)
Mods: Clare changed the brightly coloured sweater to a monochromatic version, and also eliminated the back welts, added pockets, lengthened the sleeves, and reduced the front panel to avoid the original crossing over effect. Great details and more photos can be found on her project page, here.
What Makes This Awesome: Comparing the original pattern and Clare’s version is an exercise in creative thinking. I mean, looking at Stephen West’s pattern and then imagining the sleek, timeless version that Clare created takes more than a bit of creativity! Choosing to knit it in a solid colour emphasizes the beautiful stitch details and panel construction, and I love that she added pockets! The longer sleeves make the cardigan easier to wear, and more trans-seasonal- I love the proportions Clare achieved, the sleeves are beautifully balanced in relation to the rest of the cardigan. I bet she will be wearing this gorgeous sweater for many years to come!