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Isn't it about time I was showing you something new that I've been working on?  This pattern, from a vintage McCall's issue, is a waist-length cardigan with an adorable scalloped edge down the front and around the neck.

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You can see in this image how that scalloped edge is created by the zig-zag pattern.  The pattern called for the zig-zag to run up the arms and up the middle of the back, too, but that is simply too much patterning for me.  Knitting has to be relaxing for me, too, and looking back and forth between my hands and the pattern just hurts my neck!  Plus, I really like for a complicated stitch to really add something to the overall garment, and in my opinion the sleeves and back are just fine in plain old stockinette.

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You can see here that I'm almost finished (and that my cat is having to work awfully hard to restrain herself!)  I have two sleeves, a back, and one front half to the armhole.  I started the tradition of beginning with the sleeves, and I can't recommend it highly enough.  When I start a project I'm enthusiastic just to be knitting something new.  I'm excited by the new yarn, the new needles, everything.

But as I go on I get anxious to just have the darned thing already!  And for me, the most annoying thing is to have completed the big parts, and then have those damned sleeves to deal with.

I am making this sweater in yarn reclaimed from the sweater below.  I am thrilled with the way it is knitting back up.  The stitch clarity is great, and it's a much softer, washable acrylic than anything I would be able to afford on my own.  I highly recommend it!
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