|Hidden Cove by Samantha Kirby|
Just stumbled across this design on Ravelry, and feel terrible that I somehow missed it when considering my Top Ten designs of 2013. It's exactly the sort of thing I love to wear. Simple and elegant. Love how the wide bands create a strong vertical line, but if you pull the cardi closed they flare in and out in an hourglass shape. The subtle change in stitch pattern at the empire waist draws focus to what is the narrowest part of the torso for many women. What I don't love so much is the horizontal striping created by the variegated yarn, but that just means we need to make a different yarn choice, right? And while we are chatting yarn, don't freak out that it's lace weight. The sweater is worked with two strands on US #4 needles. I've got a couple super-secret projects worked with two strands of lace weight, and I love the airiness and drape of the resulting fabric, so I am totally on board with this choice. And did you see the fabulous range of sizes? It's definitely on my 'To Do' list.