I spent some time last fall perusing the Knit Picks website and came up with a collection of various fingering weight yarns that would work. I was originally going to stick with the blue/neutral/brown colour scheme of the original, but somewhere along the way my own colour sensibilities set in (probably in combination with the colours available in the various yarns) and I ended up going with more of a blue/grey combo, with some purple thrown in for a pop of colour. I worked up a plan for the stripes that reflected the tonal sensibilities of the original cardi. Because I wanted to play not only with colour but also with texture, the yarns themselves are many and varied, including some Stroll sock (merino/nylon), some Palette (peruvian wool), some Gloss fingering (merino/silk), and some Aloft (mohair/silk.)
I started knitting the sweater (in a simple feather and fan ripple) last fall and then stalled out for some reason when I started the sleeves. I must have been distracted by another project, whether woven or knitted. In the past couple of weeks, I rediscovered my inspiration, picked it up again and finished the sleeves in no time. Of course once the sleeves are done, it's a simple matter (?) of joining the body and sleeves and knitting up some seamless set-in shoulders, a la Elizabeth Zimmermann. All I have left now is the button band, which won't actually have buttons, since I'm going with the belted version of the original Anthropologie cardi. I crocheted a simple striped belt and now just have to work out the math for the button band (since I'm overcomplicating things, as I usually do.) I can't wait to show you the finished product!