I believe Tea Leaves is my favorite cardigan of all time. Combine the softest merino wool (Tosh Merino) with a great fit and interesting detail and you have a sure winner. The neckline is perfect. I did add a short row or two in the first band of garter stitch at the back neck edge but I probably would not do that again as I do not think it matters.
- Added about 1 inch of short rows in the back between the armholes and the garter border so the back would not ride up. (ala Elizabeth Zimmermann).
- Widened the sleeves by about 2 inches by casting on extra stitches at the underarms. They were too close for comfort
- Used Elizabeth Zimmermann's One-Row buttonhole instead of the one in the pattern. I tried it on a swatch and preferred my old stand-by. The next time I knit this sweater I will make the buttonholes just one stitch smaller to accomodate a slightly smaller button.
The ceramic buttons are from Heartstone Ceramics on etsy.com. I think they set the sweater off nicely.
If I had remained monogamous while knitting Tea Leaves, it would have been done in two weeks. What a fun sweater to knit!