This winter, I've had some successful results with crochet cardigans made as gifts. Now I'm working on a knitted one for myself, without a pattern.
An old Barbara Walker book called Knitting from the Top made garment construction sound so easy if you just start with the shoulders, try it on as you go, and shape according to your own body. Reading her confident, take-charge approach to knitting inspired me to try a sweater without much plan at all.
I started working the back in Loops & Threads Barcelona yarn in Torte. I knitted down to the armpits, with about 6 increases towards the bottom to shape the armpits slightly. This sweater should be loose, so it didn't need to be much wider here. I cut the yarn and moved the back stitches to another set of circular needles.
The next step was to pick up front stitches on one side, and work these to the armpit. Next, I knitted the other side in exactly the same way. I could have picked another grey section so both sides would match, but I don't mind a little chance when it comes to color. This is especially true in such an experimental project. Once I joined the work at the armpits (and not in the front, which will remain open), the purple stripes have been about an inch long.
You may be able to make out the chevrons. There are 3 columns in the back and 1 on each of the front panels. Barbara Walker has wonderful patterns that work shaping into the motif, but I kept it simple and only repeated the chevrons in the straight part of the work. The pattern is supposed to be a little more lacy, but I'm using a slightly smaller needle and have crossed purls so the YO don't show very well. Blocking will help a little, but the chevrons are destined to be subtle. I will post the sweater as I work through it. I haven't even decided yet how long it will be or how the sleeves will look. Maybe there will be fringe.