Original Pattern: Wanderling
Knitter Extraordinaire: Lino (Ravelry ID)
Mods: Changed the pullover to a full cardigan, added striping at the cuffs and hem, and eliminated the pocket. Details can be found on Lino’s project page can be found here.
What Makes This Awesome: The original pattern is beautiful, but Lino really improved on it with her gorgeous cardigan modification. There is a lot going on in this sweater -lots of traveling cables around the side seams, raglan shoulders, and down the back- so any changes would need to be harmonious. I especially like the contrasting cuffs! Here is the perfect example of how to pull of contrasting cuffs while making it seem like a harmonious element of a knit- use the main colour in the stripes. Take a close look, and you’ll see that the decision to have the main colour interspersed with the two contrasting colours really makes it work as a detail of the whole sweater, rather than a tacked-on detail at the end.
With the contrasting cuffs and hem, as well as the additional visual detail of the button band, it was a smart move to eliminate the pocket. When you have a lot of other visual details on a sweater, it helps to balance it out by removing other details that might compete for attention when looking at the sweater. And this cardigan looks so beautiful and wearable – perfect for spring.