Birch Bark by Amy Herzog
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Birch Bark

October 2013
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
836 - 1890 yards (764 - 1728 m)
30 1⁄2 (32, 34 1⁄2, 36, 38 1⁄2, 40, 42 1⁄2, 44, 46 1⁄2, 48, 50 1⁄2, 54 1⁄2)”/77 (81.5, 87.5, 91.5, 97.5, 101.5, 107.5, 112, 118, 122, 128, 138) cm
This pattern is available for $7.00 USD
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If you’d like to use CustomFit to create a custom version of Birch Bark, please read all about CustomFit recipes and get one for this sweater here.

All photographs copyright Amy Herzog 2013. Technical editing by Alison Green.

Birch Bark is inspired by, and designed for, the lovely coastline of my hometown in Maine. The weather here is crisp, the light is golden, and nature is constantly calling. Curves are everywhere – on the waves, on the trees, in the rocks. I wanted a pullover that was flattering and comfortable, but that also used cables to evoke the things I love about the landscape here.

Birch Bark is worked in pieces from the bottom up and then seamed. The shorter, slightly-belled sleeves and boat neck draw the eye up, while the dramatic cable panel on the front narrows the torso and captures the attention. The neckline highlights a lovely collarbone, and the Woolen Rabbit’s color depth is amazing.

It is worked in The Woolen Rabbit’s wonderful Frolic, which is gorgeously colored, soft, and substantial. If you decide to substitute yarn, you will need approximately 836 (917, 992, 1051, 1138, 1217, 1308, 1385, 1502, 1591, 1718, 1890) yds/765 (839, 908, 961, 1041, 1113, 1197, 1267, 1375, 1456, 1572, 1730) m.

Birch Bark offers great options for all body types. As written, the wide neckline, shorter sleeves, and plain hem make a bottom-heavy figure shine. Proportional shapes might consider lengthening the sleeves; top-heavy shapes could do the same and lengthen the sweater.

Vertical darts enable easy customization to fit your needs. Should you desire less waist shaping than specified, either omit the shaping rows entirely, or omit/reduce only the shaping on the front of the sweater. Bustier women can work more increases on the front of the sweater, and not in the back. Extra stitches should be decreased into the neckline.

As with all patterns, compare the schematic against your own measurements and make alterations as necessary.

Or, for the first time, create your own Birch Bark without doing any math at all by using the CustomFit recipe included in the pattern. Your choice!

Birch Bark is available individually for $7.00 or as part of The Sebasco Collection: A collection of three designs created for the first make. wear. love. sweater retreat, held at Sebasco Harbor Resort, priced at $15.