Birch Bay by Julie Hoover
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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 bust
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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. This garment is meant to be generously oversized, with 16-18” of ease.

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 bust
Intended Ease: + 16-18” (generously oversized fit)
Sample shown is size 52½” with + 18” ease on model

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