Alta redux

Sometimes, things just don’t work out the way you plan. When I was ready to release Alta, I had envisioned a lovely set of photos showing Alta frolicking in the snow. Unfortunately, the charcoal gray color I’d picked out combined with dazzling white snow….

…well, they’re not such a practical combination as it turns out.


I’m clearly happy in the sweater (which I adore, by the way, it’s seen tons of wear already), but you can’t really see the detail. So it’s been on my to-do list to reshoot the sweater for some time (likely exchanging some color accuracy in favor of detail). This weekend up in Maine, we had our chance. The lovely Graphite color is more accurate in the original, but I’m happy to have some pictures that truly show the things I love about this sweater.


Intricate cable-and-lace combinations are a favorite lately–they’re eye-catching, fun to knit, and don’t impair the ease with which you can modify the design. (Easy modifications are something I constantly strive for.)


I love the neckline, which is constructed like a turtleneck but done loosely enough to form more of a cowl. It’s soft, cozy, and works well without a necklace, or with a fun long one.


I like the sleeves, too–the back is plain, but it’s fun to include a little cable detailing somewhere other than the front.

Fun to knit, flattering to wear, easy to modify, and cozy for these chilly summer (?) nights. What more could you ask?

(In a bit of exciting news, I’m super pleased to announce that my patterns are now available wholesale through Stitch Sprouts. If you’re a LYS owner or you’d like to see my patterns available at your LYS, please give Heather a shout!)

6 thoughts on “Alta redux

  1. Amy, this sweater is absolutely amazing!! A knitterly sweater that’s also figure flattering… you’re my hero!

  2. Amy, i think your style is gorgeous! I also love your course at Craftsy, you are a worderful teacher and modifications become super easy to understand to me now, make it sense? 🙂
    I spotted the new issue of Knitty and your new cardigan design is beautiful! i have many of your pattern i like to choose from this coming autumn to knit a beautiful and flattering sweater. I wish you a brilliant and happy career in knit teaching and designing, because you are a very talent lady and also a lovely and nice and positive person (i really love your smile!)
    xoxo, giusy

  3. I’ll have to add this one to my list. Love the front cable and the sleeves in particular!

  4. A truly lovely sweater! It would be so much fun to knit this challenging looking pattern.

  5. I love how so many of your designs look great with jeans. But I now have the impression that if a sweater fits well and flatters one’s figure, it’ll look good with jeans. I used to think I shouldn’t bother to knit “nice” sweaters because mostly all I wear is jeans. You’ve changed my thinking. Ditto the comments about the Craftsy class – you’ve sent my knitting in a whole new direction! And today’s post has me looking at the lovely details and already thinking how I can modify this to flatter me.

  6. I love this sweater, thank you for publishing the improved photographs, it really shows off the detail of the cables. I can see this sweater in my future 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *