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Cushman, a sweater I designed for my first "make wear love" retreat on the coast of Maine, is a great layering piece for patio dinners on chilly nights and clambering around the shoreline anytime. Its worn-open style can be dressed up or down, and it looks good layered over anything. The textured stitch is interesting, but not fussy or difficult since its a simple knit-purl combination. Simple, narrow garter trim keeps things neat and clean.

I recommend working Cushman in pieces, and then seaming, for stability. The 3/4-length sleeves are warm while staying out of your way, and the seams provide the garment with stability and keep it in place on your body despite the lack of closures. The narrow vertical opening slims the torso and offers a peek at a super-sweet top.

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