I have a new pattern out called Aiken, and this sweater is honestly one of my favorite things I’ve made in the past couple of months. The relatively high slash neckline is balanced out with the triangle lace insets, and that combination gives the sweater the perfect amount of va-va-voom without being too much for everyday wear.


The back and front are totally identical if you follow the instructions as written. In the pattern I recommend using the cabled cast on so your exposed cast-on edges match on both sides. I had a small frustrating moment when I was working on the sample and cast on the back using a two stranded cast-on without giving it a second thought. I had to rip back when I went to pick up stitches and cast on the front and realized that I wouldn’t be able to make the edges match!


Aiken is completely seamless and features my favorite short row set-in sleeve method. The sleeves and the body are mostly stockinette, which is great for showing off a hand-dyed yarn. The sample is knit in Sincere Sheep Shepherdess in Aegean, and that yarn was my main inspiration for this design.


The pullover is very fitted and should be worn with 0-3 inches of negative ease. It’s cropped in length, but it’s long enough to play nicely with skirts and pants that sit at your waist. It comes in seven sizes ranging from a 30 inch to a 54 inch finished bust circumference, and you can read more about it on Ravelry or buy it now for $6.50


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