A pattern worth checking out: Oshima

Occasionally a pattern comes along that is a pleasure to knit. From cast on to cast off, the directions are clear, and any new techniques introduced are well explained and not too difficult to master.  As the stitches start to coalesce into a fabric, the color is a pleasure to look at and the yarn is deliciously soft in between your fingers.Our friend Amy recently finished such a project.  As soon as it was off her needles she shared it with us, and we wanted to be sure that you knew just how much she enjoyed working on in it. oshima 01This is Oshima.  This sweater pattern was designed by Jared Flood and is included in the BT 13 collection that was introduced last fall.  Amy chose to knit it up with Cascade 220.  Her color selection of Aspen Heather is a perfect neutral and when this yarn is knit up on larger needles as the pattern suggests, it is as soft as cashmere.According to her Ravelry project page for this sweater, “This pattern is genius! Seaming the sleeves was the easiest I have ever done. And knitting this sweater on US 10.5 needles make this work up so fast. The garter stitch edging, decreases, everything about it…I LOVE.”  She had so much fun that she’s planning on casting on for another one! oshima 02I think that my favorite part of the sweater is that brioche detail that creates such beautiful shaping along the back shoulders.  Jared Flood is a stickler for details and as usual, it's his details that make the design so special.We hope that you can stop by to check this sample out.  It is a beauty!