Jane Eyre cardigan

Pattern: 116-1 a – Jacket in ”Alpaca” and ”Glitter” with 2-colour pattern in raglan by DROPS design (catchy name, I know)
Made for: Me!
Size: Small
Yarn: 10 skeins of Knit Picks Comfy Sport in “Fedora,” 2 skeins of KnitPicks Comfy Sport in “White”

I made quite a few changes to this pattern – I put in a zipper instead of buttons, added hoodie-style pockets, and crocheted a neckline instead of knitting the ribbed neck the pattern called for. I didn’t knit the pockets according to a pattern, but just figured them out as I went along based on the size of my hands. For the neckline, I bound off and did a double crochet edging. I did not knit anything special to accommodate the zipper – I just sewed it in. This is the great thing about knitting: I can get a traditional colorwork sweater but also have a zipper and those pockets!

The other great thing about knitting is how I can do other things at the same time, and so then I have all these memories associated with the finished product. This particular cardigan reminds me of Jane Eyre, different parts of the sweater reminding me of different parts of the book; hence the name. (And besides, it’s in a dark color, which rather fits the mood of Jane Eyre.)

The pictures are from my visit to Ur and the nearby town of Nassiriya. The piece of pottery I’m holding I found on the ground in Ur – there were huge heaps of pottery-filled sand there, probably left by archaeologists excavating tombs and other more interesting stuff.

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