Today's post comes from Anne Podlesak, who brought Hartford to our newest issue. She is also the designer of the lovely Belleville cardigan from Spring/Summer 2014. You can also find this post on her blog, here. Read all about her sleeve-cap secrets, and celebrity inspiration. Enjoy!
I was so pleased to have a chance to work with the stellar crew at Twist Collective again for their Winter 2014 edition.
Hartford is a women's sized pullover with a big cable motif running up the center front, and a simple ribbed back and sleeves. It is knit in pieces from the bottom hems up, blocked, then seamed together, and a ribbed stand-up collar/mock turtleneck finished the whole piece off. Don't be put off by the bit of finishing/seaming you have to do at the end - especially the set-in sleeves. The secret here is that the ribbed sleeve cap gives you a LOT of fudge-factor room, and helps make the seaming-in much easier.
It's knit in a sportweight yarn, so not too heavy a piece - I like sport and DK weight yarns since you can realistically wear them out under a jacket and not freeze, but can also wear them indoors if you keep the thermostat set a bit on the cooler side, like I do.
My inspiration for this piece was the amazingly talented and stylish Katharine Hepburn, who once said: I wear my sort of clothes to save me the trouble of deciding what clothes to wear. This is decidedly my sort of clothes.
I hope Kate would approve of this one.