Original Pattern: Amber Beaded Cardigan
Knitter Extraordinaire: Candace (Rav Id)
Mods: Turned the lovely and long tie-front cardigan into a perfect little shrug for her daughter. eliminated the length, and used the lace trim around the hem, to match the neckline and sleeves.
What Makes This Awesome: Candace's shrug take on the cardi is such a great example of a well-chosen modification for a pattern. The original cardi has a different stitch section below the bust closure, so it was simple enough to only knit the shrug portion. I also think the beads are a gorgeous match for the yarn she chose. so many cardigans would make excellent shrugs or boleros, and take a significantly smaller quantity of yarn. I'm a little surprised that more people haven't knitted this pattern-it's free, and a really pretty cardi. Project page is here.