Northland Loop by Gege à la Gomme

Northland Loop

Knitting
November 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1680 - 2520 yards (1536 - 2304 m)
32 (35, 38, 41, 44, 47, 50, 53) inches
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I wanted a structured, sturdy jacket worked in a tight gauge.
Knit sideways using a lot of shortrow shaping, I designed Northland Loop to make the best out of kettle dyed yarns.

The body part of the jacket is made in separately first. It is knit sideways, starting from the middle of the back with a provisional cast on and is worked with a tight gauge on small needles. The stitches are picked up afterward to work the collar and the bottom ribbing with bigger needles. The sleeves begin with a provisional cast on and end with a grafted garter stitch row. The stitches are picked up to work the cuffs and they are assembled to the body.

Materials and tools

Yarn:
8 (9, 9, 9, 10, 11, 12, 12) skeins of Malabrigo Rios (100% merino) 210yd/192m to 100g/3.5oz -shown in Sunset-
approximately 1680 (1890, 1890, 1890, 2100, 2310, 2520, 2520) yds.
5 to 10yd (4 m to 9 m) of contrasting waste yarn of Malabrigo Rios

Needles:
1 US 2 (2.75mm) circular needle
2 US 7 (4.5mm) circular needles

Notions:
6 stitch markers
5 or 9 buttons
Tapestry needle

Techniques and skills involved

Provisional cast on, short rows, picking up stitches, grafting garter stitch, three needles bind off, set in sleeves

Pattern difficulty: intermediate to advanced

Gauge

adjust needle size if necessary to obtain both gauges

24 sts x 36 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) in stocking stitch with 1 US 2 (2.75mm) needle
27 sts x 28 pattern repeats (56 rows) = 4 inches in linen ribbing pattern with 2 US 7 (4.5mm) needles

Finished bust circumference – 32 (35, 38, 41, 44, 47, 50, 53) inches or 81 (89, 96, 104, 112, 120, 127, 134) cm.

Suggested ease is 2-4 inches.