Birch Bay by Julie Hoover

Birch Bay

Knitting
September 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 29 rows = 4 inches
in reverse stockinette stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1215 - 1845 yards (1111 - 1687 m)
49 (52½, 56½, 60, 63, 67)" circumference at chest
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Delicate cables form decorative oak leaf medallions to paper the extra-wide fabric of this poncho-like pullover. On a ground of reverse stockinette, the cable motifs stand in relief like woodblock carvings. Side vents and exaggerated drop shoulders give this garment easy style, while a loose turtleneck provides a double layer of warmth around your neck. Birch Bay’s front and back are knit flat and sewn together; stitches for the double-ribbed sleeves and neck are picked up and worked in the round. Tubular hems and chain selvedges ensure a tidy finish everywhere.


Construction

The front and back are worked flat from the bottom up and sewn together. The sleeve stitches are picked up around the armhole edge and worked circularly from the top down. The collar is picked up and worked circularly

Yardage

1215 (1320, 1450, 1565, 1730, 1845) yards of worsted weight wool yarn

Yarn

9 (10, 11, 12, 13, 14) skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yards/50g)

Photographed in color Foothills

Gauge

17 stitches & 29 rows = 4” in reverse stockinette stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking
14 stitch panel from Chart A or B measures 2 5?8” wide with Size A needle(s), after blocking
18 stitches & 30 rounds = 4” in 2x2 Ribbing with Size B needle(s), unstretched after blocking
21 stitches & 32 rounds = 4” in 2x2 Ribbing with Size C needle(s), unstretched after blocking

Needles

Size A (for Main Fabric and Collar Ribbing)

One each 16? and 32” circular in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 5 mm (US 8)

Size B (for Ribbing and Tubular Bind Off)

One each 16? and 32” circular needles and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs)* one size smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)

Size C (for Ribbing and Tubular Cast On)

One each 16? and 32” circular needles and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs)* one size smaller than Size B
Suggested Size: 4 mm (US 6)

Size D (optional; for Tubular Bind Off only)
One set of DPNs, one size smaller than Size C
Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)

32” circular needle can be used instead of DPNs if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round (i.e., Sleeves).

Finished Dimensions

49 (52½, 56½, 60, 63, 67)“ circumference at chest
Sample shown is size 52½” with + 18” ease on model

Need help picking a size? See our resource page on Selecting a Sweater Size

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:
Chain Selvedge
2x2 Tubular Cast On (Flatt Knitting; multiple of 4 stitches)
Sloped Bind Off
2x2 Tubular Bind Off
Kitchener Stitch (Grafting)
Steam Blocking

Skill Level

3 out of 5

Please note: the stitch patterns in this garment are charted only.