Success! The Off-Rib Cardigan is finished.
Off-Rib Cardigan by Stefanie Japel knit in Alpaca with a Twist Mojito in Hugs & Kisses colorway
It took a lot less yarn than I anticipated. I bought thirteen skeins and only used seven, so I have bunches to use for something else. The yarn is quite beautiful, very soft, and very warm.
I used four buttons instead of five, and my gauge was crazy off, but other than that I followed the pattern. As I've mentioned before, I lost the ability to read at a critical time in the pattern (read: the very beginning) and knit everything with the wrong needles. I cut off the collar and redid it, and everything else blocked to the correct size.
I feel stylish when I wear this, and I never feel stylish. Being stylish has never really been a goal of mine, although I admit to being awed and a bit jealous of my friend Holly's wardrobe.* But wearing this sweater with its off-centeredness and its toggle buttons and its gorgeous yarn makes me feel great.
That's all I can ask of a sweater.
*She's the kind of person who can wear boots and scarves and look natural. It's unnerving.