This is Twigs and Willows, from Alana Dakos' new book Botanical Knits. I knit mine out of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Pumpkin, a sadly discontinued colorway. This is my second sweater in Wool of the Andes, and I still think it is one of the best values in worsted yarn (especially if you get it during a color-themed sale).
If you follow that link, you might be a little surprised by how much my version differs from the original. I knit the 38.5" because the 35" would have given me zero ease and the pattern calls for 1-2 inches. Well, that went interestingly. I actually finished sewing the pieces together on Tuesday and was so distressed that it was so large that I shoved it in a bag and swore off of sweater knitting.
But then my buttons arrived. I ordered these from Gnome Acres and they came so very fast to save my sweater. On Thursday morning I got up early to sew them on and it all came together. The coziness of the sweater is magical. I wore it to work, I wore it home, and I am wearing it now as I write this. I love the simplistic nature of its oversized slouchiness paired with the femininity of the branches.
I guess like a lot of things that I knit, this sweater is an example of how you can do everything right and still end up with something completely different. I got gauge, I knit to pattern, I made sure all parts were the correct lengths, and it still came out as something unexpected. But I love it! It's perfect for this crazy weather that is sixty degrees one day and thirty the next. I can actually pull it on without unbuttoning it, so it truly is the perfect, cozy-in-the-library sweater.
To see more lovely FOs, check out the gang over at Tami's Amis!