Pattern: Buttercup by Heidi Kirrmaier
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light "aurelian"
Needles: US# 4 circular and DPN
I am going to sing the praises of this pattern just like the others who have finished her. Buttercup is simple and, as you can see, easy to modify. I followed Heidi's variation instructions with one or two small differences:
1.I cast the stitches on for the lace panel as I do for underarms (not on a separate needle)
2. I only did 3 a-line increases instead of 6
3. I used a 16 stitch sideways garter border on the hem and sleeves.
I love this sweater. It fits well but the next one I make will not have the extra sleeve stitches which just stick out like too much fabric rather than giving a pouf. I won't do the a-line increases at all since I ended up with too much fabric across the back since there is no waist shaping.
Overall, I highly recommend this pattern. This will be my go-to fall sweater to layer over a long sleeve tee. I also find that I have much more success with garments knit in a DK or lighter weight wool. I love all of the top down designs, but most are too bulky for my frame and the warm winters here. Knit a Buttercup today, you'll be glad you did.