Classic Aran style goes minimalist in a pretty pullover with just enough details. Honeycomb panels flanked by crocheted bobbles and mirrored cables adorn the front and back on a plush bed of gently textured moss stitch. Several inches of positive ease keep the fit relaxed enough for weekend wear, but professional good looks make Backbay fetching with a wool skirt and tights or a smart pair of trousers, too.
Backbay is knit with Shelter in the round to the armholes; the front, back, and set-in sleeves are then worked flat and seamed together. The pattern includes directions for thoughtful details like garter stitch selvedges; tubular hem, cuff, and neckband ribbings; and a special bind-off over the cabled portion of the fabric for a neat and elastic finish.
1080 (1195, 1320, 1405, 1550, 1675) yards of worsted weight wool yarn
8 (9, 10, 11, 12, 12) skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yards/50g)
Photographed in color Fossil
20 stitches & 30 rows = 4” in Moss Stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking
46 (46, 46, 58, 58, 58)-stitch panel from Chart measures 7 (7, 7, 9, 9, 9)” wide with Size A needle(s), after blocking
Size A (for Main Fabric):
One 32” circular needle and needle(s) in preferred style for small-circumference circular knitting in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)
Size B (for Ribbing):
One each 16” and 32” circular needle and needle(s) in preferred style for small-circumference circular knitting, three sizes smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 3½ mm (US 4)
Size C (optional; for Tubular Cast On & Bind Off only):
One each 16” and 24” (for sizes 34 & 37¼”) or 32” circular needle (for other sizes) and needle(s) in preferred style for small-circumference circular knitting, one size smaller than Size B
Suggested Size: 3¼ mm (US 3)
Note: If you have adjusted the needle size to obtain the correct gauge, it may or may not be necessary to make a matching adjustment to the needle size used for Tubular Cast On due to variance in individual work. Please test your chosen cast-on method on your swatch.
34 (37¼, 40½, 42¾, 46, 49¼)” circumference at bust
Intended Ease: + 2–4”
Sample shown is size 37¼” with 3¼” ease on model
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Please note: the cable stitch patterns in this garment are charted only.