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Designer Post Hartford

headshot of designer Anne PodlesakToday's post comes from Anne Podlesak, who brought Hartford to our newest issue. She is also the designer of the lovely Belleville cardigan from Spring/Summer 2014. You can also find this post on her blog, here. Read all about her sleeve-cap secrets, and celebrity inspiration. Enjoy! 

 

 

 

 

 

I was so pleased to have a chance to work with the stellar crew at Twist Collective again for their Winter 2014 edition.  

 

 

 Hardford pullover, modeled by brunette woman standing in front of a barn

 

 

Hartford is a women's sized pullover with a big cable motif running up the center front, and a simple ribbed back and sleeves.  It is knit in pieces from the bottom hems up, blocked, then seamed together, and a ribbed stand-up collar/mock turtleneck finished the whole piece off.  Don't be put off by the bit of finishing/seaming you have to do at the end - especially the set-in sleeves.  The secret here is that the ribbed sleeve cap gives you a LOT of fudge-factor room, and helps make the seaming-in much easier.

 

 

Same sweater, model has her left elbow bent with her hand behind her head

 

 

It's knit in a sportweight yarn, so not too heavy a piece - I like sport and DK weight yarns since you can realistically wear them out under a jacket and not freeze, but can also wear them indoors if you keep the thermostat set a bit on the cooler side, like I do.  

My inspiration for this piece was the amazingly talented and stylish Katharine Hepburn, who once said: I wear my sort of clothes to save me the trouble of deciding what clothes to wear.  This is decidedly my sort of clothes. 

 

 

close up of sweater yoke and model's face

 

I hope Kate would approve of this one.