Here I am with my doppelganger Betsy Palmer.
I became interested in this design when Google revealed that no one else (I could find) seems to have made one. I found my calling! Then I only had to buy a comparable yarn, figure out all the cables, determine a gauge that would space them correctly, and design the sweater shape and fit. No problem, right?
Did I mention this was my first time designing a sweater?
Yep. I do like to make things as complicated for myself as possible.
To match Mrs. Voorhees' classic silhouette, I went for a loose and boxy design, with about 3" of ease around the bust and 2" around the arms.
|A loose fit keeps you mobile for murderousness|
The yarn is Lettlopi, an Icelandic wool I picked up from Craftsy, in the colorway Ash Heather. It's a slightly fuzzy wool, variegated in white and gray. The recommended needle size is 8, but I found that too loose, and used size 6 instead.
One particular struggle I had was the the rather flat looking cables in the center panel. It took a few experiments before I discovered the wonder of uneven cables. Though I've made more than a couple projects with cables, I'd always used the "even" method—crossing 2, or 3, or 4 stitches across the same number of stitches. For this project I tried a variety of number of stitches and rows, but whatever I tried, it didn't look quite like the original. They stood out too much and didn't have the softness I was looking for. A little research revealed that uneven cables can achieve the look I was searching for. The very simple solution was crossing 3 stitches over 2!
I used another new-to-me method on the cuffs. They appeared to be folded over in the original, so I made the cuff twice the length I usually would, then folded it up and stitched it into place.
This required that I seam it so the right side of the cuff was opposite to the right side of the sleeve body.
|The seam is on the outside of the cuff.|
|It become invisible once the cuff is folded up.|
I had a lot of fun with this project and looking forward to wearing my very unlucky Friday the 13th sweater all winter long. I hope to have the full pattern up for sale in time for next Halloween!
|Ready for anything.|