This is a highly modified version of the #28 cropped topper from Vogue Knitting Fall 2011. The yarn is called "RichMore Stame", which is a Japanese brand of yarn that I purchased in Tokyo on my 2010 vacation. I really like the yarn -- it's very lofty and very warm and very lightweight.
Here's all that went down with my knitting of the pattern and how my sweater ended up so different:
- I liked the pattern for its broken rib stitch pattern and I don't mind the boxy shape if there is ribbing because ribbing will naturally shape the garment a bit. I had to re-do the stitch counts because my yarn is worsted weight instead of the recommended bulky weight
- I decided to make it a little longer than the cropped length
- After kniting the back and one of the fronts, I decided that I did not want to do the wide ribbed front band because I wanted something different, so I decided to knit a 6" wide scarf to be sewn on for the fronts and collar. I like the way a scarf-type collar sits on the back of the neck.
- After finishing the body and the scarf, I had two skeins left over so I decided to just pick up stitches and add some 3/4 length sleeves. Each sleeve used up most of one skein.
- When I was all done, the 6" wide scarf looked odd just sitting on the front, and it was also stretching in length. I folded it inward and held the fronts together with a big pin and I'm quite happy with the end result.