I recently rediscovered one of the first sweaters I ever made, the Cable Vent Jacket (pattern by Debbie Bliss, of course :P).
I can't honestly remember what yarn it's made out of, but I do know that it's kind of a miracle it fits! This was way before the days when I understood how important gauge is, so I usually just picked out a yarn that I liked and winged it (and, okay, this still happens...I just love yarn!). I can tell just by looking at it that the yarn was meant for larger needles than I obviously used, but it ended up being okay. It just turned out to be really dense!
The back, though, is why I had to make this pattern:
It's pretty well established that I love cables, but this one is probably my favorite. They're just simple 4 stitch cables, but you decrease the purls in between each of them, so you get this gorgeous sweeping pattern. The jacket is constructed in a really flattering hourglass shape, and the cables flow along the lines in a way that I haven't seen in many other patterns.
And to add to the cuteness, I found these buttons somewhere (Joann's maybe? If you recognize them, let me know, I'd like to buy about 100 more).
How cute are they? I love everything about this sweater, but I always forget I own it until it starts to get super cold outside; it's so warm that I can really only wear it for about 4 months out of the year. I'm thinking it may be time to make an updated version, maybe in a sock weight yarn...but it's going to have to wait til after my Christmas knitting is done!