While in Rhinebeck for the Sheep and Wool Festival last fall, I ran into Beatrice of Thread & Ladle. While chatting, I was majorly distracted by a sweater she was wearing. It was a design she was about to publish: Tensho Pullover. Among all the beautiful sweaters I saw that weekend it was my favorite. A couple weeks later it popped up on my Instagram feed--Beatrice had released the pattern in her Sumi collection and I was ecstatic!
It was perfect timing, too, as I had just finished my cabled cardigan and was itching to cast on another sweater. I've been wanting a black sweater, and so I started imagining it in black with white colorwork for a high contrast. When I imagined the finished sweater it had a textured tweediness to the fabric. Looking at our yarns, Brooklyn Tweed's Shelter was the perfect choice.
Tensho has a straight fit through the body. I like the straight lines of the pattern, but since I have narrow shoulders and, er, less narrow hips--I decided to alter the sweater to an a-line shape.
I cast on 30 stitches extra (a multiple of the hem repeat) to give me 6" additional room at the hips, for a 36" bust and 42" hip. About every two inches of stockinette, I decreased five stitches evenly around for a gradual decrease to the underarm. The fit turned out perfect! Not clingy, but not too oversized either.
Lately, I've been wearing so many hearty wools, I'd forgotten how nice Shelter is against the skin. This sweater is easy to throw on over a tank or tee during this fickle Colorado weather. It's surely going to be a winter wardrobe favorite. I already want to wear it every day! It helps that I am totally in love with the crisp black and white colorwork, and the beautiful lines of Beatrice's design.