You know that bittersweet feeling at the end of August, when you’re kind of sad that summer is almost over, but you’re also excited that it’s almost time to start wearing warm sweaters again? And at the beginning of September you bring out your fall sweaters and wear them proudly, unwilling to admit to yourself that it’s still way too hot to be wearing heavy wool?

Bittersweet is a little shrug with elbow-length sleeves that’s just heavy enough to make you feel like you’re wearing your fall clothes. It’s warm enough to keep you cozy in those summer t-shirts you’re not quite ready to give up, but not so heavy that you’ll be breaking into a sweat.

About the yarn:
This project was made using Joy’s Wool Romney two-ply, made from wool produced by Diva, Divinia and Fatima, three brown sheep belonging to Cortes Island, BC, yarn producer Joy Shipway. If you’re not able to get Joy’s Yarn, look for a one-ply or two-ply Aran weight wool or wool blend that’s a bit fuzzy, like Debbie Bliss Donegal Aran Tweed, Araucania Nature Wool or even Noro Silk Garden. This project is knit on needles that might at first glance seem too large for the weight of the yarn in order to produce fabric with some movement to it.

Difficulty: easy intermediate. You need to knit, purl, increase and decrease. You might also need to crochet, but it will be simple.

Sizes XS to 2XL. Finished measurements:
Length: 14.25 15.5, 16, 17.25, 18, 19 in/36.2 39.5, 40.5, 44, 46 cm
Upper arm: 10 11, 12, 13.5, 14.5, 16, in/25.5 28, 30.5, 34.5, 37, 41 cm around
Armhole: 6.75 7.25, 7.75, 8.5, 8.75, 9.25 in/17.5 18.5, 20, 22, 22.5, 23.5 cm deep

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