Good news, everyone: After several months of jobhunting, after graduating in September I've found myself a full-time job! I'm thrilled to have started life in the 'real world'... the downside of this, of course, being that I have much less knitting time! This cardigan was the last big-ticket item I finished before starting work.
It's the Modern Garden Cardigan by Veera Valimaki, a brilliant designer better known for her beautiful striped shawl designs such as Stripe Study and Color Affection.
Modern Garden Cardigan is a beautiful pattern with an ingenious use of lace leaf motifs for shaping. Unfortunately, the pattern only goes up to 43" bust and my gauge was tighter than the pattern gauge - so I had to do some resizing.
It was great to knit a whole sweater in about two weeks - the bulky yarn made it knit up so quickly, and it's so soft and warm. The yarn is Debbie Bliss Como, a wool and cashmere blend that's soft and lofty.
I got the buttons at Unravel, at the Textile Garden booth. I think they add a perfect touch.
I 'unvented' two useful techniques in regards to the buttons on this cardigan, which I'll write up in the next few days. The first one relates to spacing the buttons properly, and the second relates to using super-bulky yarn for sewing on buttons. Check back soon!