Brier Island by Laura Aylor

Brier Island

January 2014
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
975 - 1665 yards (892 - 1522 m)
30", 33.2", 36", 38.8", 42", 45.2", 48", 51.2" (actual garment measurement at bust)
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Brier Island is a small island in Nova Scotia at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy. Every year for 13 years our little family made the long journey by car and three ferries to reach this lovely, remote, unspoiled spot. It’s hard to explain why we love it so much - there’s not much there but sea and shore, whales and seals, lighthouses and fog. Summers are always cool (which was the initial attraction for us when we were trying to escape hot, humid Virginia in July and August!). While I was working on this sweater I was thinking that it would be perfect for evening walks down to the water to collect seaglass, watching the sun set at Western Light, or sitting at Northern Light looking for whales.

Knit from the top down using a variation of Barbara Walker’s simultaneous set-in sleeve method of seamless construction, this casual pullover features a front pocket, reverse stockinette panels on the sleeves and body, a double-layered reverse stockinette collar, and a split garter stitch hem.

Sample shown is being worn with about half an inch of positive ease at the bust.

Skills required:
• Backwards-loop cast-on
• Short rows (for shaping shoulder slopes only)
• Picking up stitches
• Increasing
• Decreasing
• Tacking down live stitches for collar

If you have questions about this or any other of my sweater patterns using this construction method, I have a support thread in my group here.

Yardage details:
• 30” - 975
• 33.25” - 1080
• 36” - 1170
• 38.75” - 1260
• 42” - 1365
• 45.25” - 1470
• 48” - 1560
• 51.25” - 1665

Samples knit in Miss Babs Heartland in Slate (gray) and Blackwatch (blue-green).