I finally knit a sweater in less than a month.
I have to admit, very little thought went into it. The idea for this sweater project came from wanting to just cast-on something easy, wearable, and would just plain bring me joy. The yarn was picked out for a different idea entirely and was just sitting waiting to be used.
It all started because I couldn't sleep one night and decided to Google "free knit sweater pattern" to see what would come up. I had an idea that I would like to have a nice collection of quality written, free patterns that I could share with my students and followers who are nervous to stretch their wings beyond most other "beginner friendly" patterns. The criteria I had was that to get on "the list", the pattern had to be easily accessible, well written, and linked directly to the original designer- no pattern hubs or rabbit holes of links from blog posts.
The Winter Bluff pattern was the second one in the search list and the first to make my Sundae Sweater list.
So what's a "Sundae Sweater"?
Well.... I decided that a good basic design was like an ice cream sundae. Vanilla is a wonder full treat on it's own when all you want is vanilla. But, most of the time we all like to add at least one topping. Are you with me? Or have I gone completely nuts?
Toppings for a "vanilla sweater" I decided should include things like changes to the stitch pattern, collar, or any changes in shaping, but would not include color changes, gauge, or slight modifications to the length. Are you catching on?
So my version of the Winter Bluff pattern turned out to be a 2-topping Sundae because I changed the stitch patter (by making the purl side be the "right side") and the collar. See? It's simple.
You can download your own free Winter Bluff pattern by visiting Ashley's website. I don't know her, she didn't ask me to do this review. It is just worth sharing.
Want to read all my notes and modifications to this pattern? Download them below! You can also watch this video on how I saved the sloppy neckline from my own loosey goosey knitting- not because the design needed saving.