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This is my new favorite item of clothing!  I’ve been wanting to try out the top-down approach for a while, and I couldn’t resist the garter-full yoke of this sweater.  The yarn I decided to use was left-over from the Wedding Blanket for Kristin and Derek – Plymouth Homestead.  I used about 4.5 skeins (~860 yds).  I wasn’t anywhere close to the called for gauge, so (after a bit of math) I decided to make the smallest size, knowing that it should come out to be my size in this yarn.  The only modifications I made: one less raglan increase, and decreasing on the sleeves to make them more fitted at the wrist.  This was such a fun knit!

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I love the neutral color of the yarn, but I wanted to add some interest with bright buttons.  After shopping (a lot) on Etsy for the perfect buttons, I’ve settled on some very cute plastic apple green buttons from BigFish.  She (BigFish) was very helpful – I initially ordered a grab bag of green buttons, needed 6 more of the ones I loved, and BigFish got them to me.  I’m so excited to have exactly the buttons I wanted for this!

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I highly recommend you try this top-down pattern.  The design and the technique are so much fun!  It has inspired me to try out a few top-down pattern designs.  So far I’m really liking what I’ve been able to do with top-down knitting, and can’t wait to share what I’ve come up with!

Pattern: Garder Yoke Cardi from Knit.1 Fall/Winter 2008

Yarn: Plymouth Homestead

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