Abram’s Bridge was my first knit from the Autumn 2015 Pom Pom magazine and I’m so pleased I got started on this project early so that I can be wearing this handsome, cozy sweater right as the weather is changing.
Pattern: Abram’s Bridge by Mer Stevens from Pom Pom Quarterly, Issue 14: Autumn 2015
Yarn: 1,260 yards The Fibre Company’s Cumbria in Hadrian’s Wall
Size Made: 3
Modifications: Extending the collar band
The Autumn 2015 edition of Pom Pom has a fantastic collection of patterns! If you are going to buy just one knitting book this fall, my vote goes to this issue of Pom Pom. It has at least 3 sweaters that I have either made or am seriously considering making, not to mention all the cute hats and scarves! You will definitely get your money’s worth with this one. And The Fiber Company's Cumbria is a perfect match for this sweater. I initially picked Cumbria for my sweater because of their amazingly saturated colorways, but in the end, I was so happy I picked it because it is a joy to knit with. It has a substantial feel and has a hardy 10 ply, but drapes well and feels so cozy because it is 60% merino. This essential yarn is really great for any project!
One of the things I love most about this sweater is that you can dress it up or down. Its oversized fit keeps it looking casual while the lace pattern on the body makes it seem a bit fancier. It looks great paired with a dress and heels but looks equally good with jeans and a t-shirt. I will definitely be getting tons of mileage out of this beauty.
This oversized cable lace sweater knits up faster than you might expect. While the stunning pattern on the body can be a labor of love, the simple reverse stockinette arms and oversized ribbed collar end up being a big portion of the knitting you do which makes this sweater whip up pretty quickly. Plus, while you are cuddled up in this cozy cardigan I promise it will be worth every stitch. I never want to take it off!
The pattern calls for you to pick up the collar band at the top of the ribbing on the edge of the sweater. While this is a very fun detail and a great option, I opted to continue the ribbing all the way down to the bottom of the sweater because I wanted to keep all the attention on the lovely lace pattern. It was an easy modification that didn’t require much extra knitting at all and I am very happy that I did it.
If I were going to make this sweater again I would make one additional modification. While knitting the arms, I would pick them up and knit inside out. That way I could knit them all the way down instead of purling them. It is a small change, but my knitting tension is much more consistent than my purling tension and I think the results would have been a bit more smooth. Plus, I knit faster than I purl so I could have been done a bit quicker as well.
Don't miss Allison's Riverbend Cardigan in Quarry on the blog tomorrow!