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Amber's Cozy Cotton Ursa Sweater

Jacqueline Cieslak's Ursa pullover has been on my to-knit list since it came out early this year. I thought it would be the perfect sweater to fill a missing piece in my wardrobe - a soft cotton sweater to wear over dresses as cool fall weather settles in. Wool and the Gang's Shiny Happy Cotton was the perfect pairing to make this cozy pullover!

amber hand knit ursa sweater

Pattern: Ursa by Jacqueline Cieslak 
Yarn: Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton, 4 skeins (just barely used the 4th skein!)
Size Made: 42 with optional C/D bust darts
Modifications: Gauge of 12.5 sts per 4" (vs pattern gauge of 11.5 sts per 4")

ursa sweater hand knit

Ursa was a joy to knit, and I was thrilled that it includes optional bust darts to easily customize the fit to your shape. I chose to add the C/D bust darts when knitting my Ursa. 

back view of hand knit ursa sweater

My gauge was actually a little small (12.5 sts per 4" vs the pattern gauge of 11.5 sts per 4") but I liked the fabric worked up at that gauge. Rather than going up a needle size, I calculated that knitting a "size 42" would give me a finished size of 39" at my gauge, which sounded perfect for my 36" bust. 

arm seam of ursa sweater

Knitting with Shiny Happy Cotton was lovely. It makes a wonderfully soft and drapey fabric. I do love wool. Almost all my sweaters are made with the wooliest of yarns, but when I wear them, I need a barrier between my upper arms and neck. Slipping on this soft cotton sweater feels like wearing dreamy pajamas. I can wear it over tank tops and strappy dresses, or even just a bra. It feels like a soft cotton hug!

My new Ursa is the perfect lightweight sweater for a little bit of warmth with an adorable cropped style!

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