Posted on May 4, 2012 at 9:46 am

I am happy to make available the pattern for a sweater I knit last fall for SOAR. I'm calling this one Skipperdee, after my favorite pet turtle in literature.


 Here's the Ravelry button:

I had purchased a pound and a bit of Spunky Eclectic Saturn on BFL Dark. It was an amazing blend of colors, rich and encouraging as I spun bobbins of it for a 2-ply. Soon I had enough yarn for a sweater and SOAR was a month away. I swatched and sketched, and decided to make a stab at a longed-for idea. 


A few years ago, Pringle of Scotland had shown a gorgeous sweater that featured a luxurious cable running sideways around the yoke, and it was immediately influential on the handknitters. Sadly, I couldn't find a version of the idea that didn't bind my shoulders, although lots of people seem happy with the concept. For my own satisfaction, I knew I had to tackle that one, and that is what this sweater finally accomplished. I almost finished the SOAR sweater in time, but ended up wearing it around the hotel without button bands. In spite of that, Jennifer Heverly of Spirit Trail Fiberworks talked me into writing up the pattern to share, and provided me with the most amazing yarn to knit a non-handspun version (the handspun did eat the cable pattern a little, I will admit to that).


Verdande is a superwash yarn with silk and cashmere in the mix, if you can believe it. It puts up with a lot of re-knitting, and holds color beautifully. This sweater is Chipotle (as if the color by itself doesn't make your mouth water), and I believe Jennifer will have a bunch of it in her booth at Maryland Sheep and Wool this weekend, as well as the sweater if you would like to see it in person.