October 30, 2015 2 min read

It's probably going to start sounding like I'm unappreciative. I'm not.  I love yarn companies that support their yarns with samples.  I truly do. It's just that sometimes the samples really are not at their best when they arrive.  I mean, who would be after being shoved into a too tight space for a not so gentle trip through the mail.  I get it.  I know how I look after a trip to beach with 4 kids and a dog.  So it's understandable that some samples look, well, in need of a little love.

This one was definitely needy.  Plus it looked a little strange overall.  Kinda bunchy, strange hemline, 

and what is up with that weird skeletal thing on the back??? 

I knew it would be ugly and unflattering, so, of course, I had to try it on. What the heck.  It had been a long day and we were all in need of a little levity.  Weren't we surprised to see that it was actually okay.  More than okay even.  It's really nice.  

I would knit this, and I would wear this.  And here's an even better indicator of how much I like this - I would buy it in a store.  That's the real test of how much you like your handknits.

That strange section at the shoulder - it starts in the front and runs around the waist and up the back for a very figure-flattering shape.  It's actually the thing I like best about this garment - aside from the color, of course.  

Anyway, it's a downloadable pattern by Kate Jackson, who has several other really attractive designs on Ravelry as well as a fun calendar series called "Knotty Guys." Stop by and see her stuff, and stop by the shop and this sweater in person.  While you're here, check out the beautiful Kathmandu Aran 100.  Gorgeous tweed with a touch of cashmere. Mmmmmm.

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