In the midst of my Paulie debacle, I decided what I really needed was a complete change of pace. Something cable-y, in a thick yarn. Something that looked terribly impressive and was enough of a challenge to keep me interested.
Enter Norah Gaughan’s Beatnik. (That sound was the angel’s chorus.)
I LOVE THIS PATTERN! I love everything about it! But I especially love the yarn I paired it with! The one, the only, the most decadent yet sadly discontinued Elsebeth Lavold Classic AL. The yarn just makes the cables pop. It makes the seed stitch look complex and full of narrative. It makes the
mistake ‘design feature’ I Very Deliberately went with look well-considered and carefully chosen (if you look not very closely, you’ll see the cables do not criss-cross — it’s to Norah’s credit that despite this, the jumper still looks awesome).
I finished it on the road in Wales, literally sewing in the sleeves as we pulled up to the Bunk House where our darling Simon was having his 30th birthday shindig. And I have to say, this jumper made that birthday hug super soft and squishy.
The jumper itself is super comfy and goes with just about everything. It should be too warm for summer, but thankfully it looks like we’re not having a summer in London this year, so I get to wear it whenever I want! SILVER LININGS.