ter, beginner to experienced, has not dreamed of the perfect sweater she or he might knit one day? And yet, for each knitter, the Perfect Sweater is different: Some imagine cables twining up their sleeves and adorning their collars; some picture lace flowing gracefully from shoul- der to hip; and others covet a quick knit on big needles to cuddle into by the end of the next snowstorm. For those in warmer climates, the Perfect Cardigan is lightweight and layer-friendly for chilly evenings or rainy mornings. For those in colder climes, a knitter may wish for an entire wardrobe of \u201cPerfect Sweaters\u201d to last throughout a long cold winter.
As a knitter, of course, I too dream of finding the Perfect Cardigan Pat- tern one day. This made putting together a collection of seven \u201cperfect sweaters\u201d for all of you both a delight and a challenge. A delight: I spent hours combing through my favorite Interweave books, as well as back issues of Interweave Knits andKnitscene magazines, making lists (and yet more lists!) of \u201cfavorites\u201d I wanted to include in this ebook. (What knit- ter wouldn\u2019t love a chance to choose their favorite Interweave cardi- gan patterns to give away for free?) A challenge: I could choose only seven patterns, and I wanted each one to be a stand-out in its class!
which from its cabled hood and lovely Aran cables to its big front pockets and deep ribbed cuffs, is a joy to snuggle into on a blustery winter\u2019s day. The Refined Aran Jacket by Pam Allen, a knitter\u2019s favorite since it first came out, is equally at home over a skirt in the office or over jeans out shopping. In the Sienna Cardigan by Ann E. Smith, a clas- sic V-neck cardigan shape is set off by a band of cabled lace down each front and an unusual picot-edged collar. The Side-way Ribs Cardigan
Needless to say, I had a lot of fun selecting these perfect cardigan pat- terns for you. I hope that you enjoy every minute of knitting and wear- ing these wonderful sweaters\u2014and I hope it isn\u2019t too difficult to decide which one to make first!
PHOTOGRAPHYChris Hartlove(unless otherwise noted)
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