Hello fiber folk! I realized that I never posted about my most recent sweater: the Wool & Honey pullover that I knit as a sample for the yarn shop of the same name! Wool & Honey has a great online presence, so even if you can’t make it out to Michigan to check out the shop in person, you can still benefit from their awesome yarn, magazine, and notions selections. Wool & Honey, the sweater, is a top down pullover that uses elongated slip stitches to create a honeycomb pattern that appears to float over the garter stitch background.
I knit the size 47″ (at the request of Melissa and Liz)–this is a “M” according to the pattern. I made Two modifications: I used German short rows for the back neck lengthening and I used a provisional cast on for the underarms (rather than picking up stitches). I did pick up an additional 4 stitches on either side of the provisional cast on to avoid any holes and to create a seamless underarm. I then decrease these four stitches by P2tog and SSK (x2) on either side of the underarm marker.
The pattern is simple to follow–a top down yoke followed by a continuation of the garter stitch background through the bodice. The sweater is ‘boxy’ as it is written and would be a beautiful garment for high waisted pants/leggings or a skirt. If you are interested in a longer sweater, you can add length, but keep in mind that you would be changing the very proportions that make this sweater work well. The sleeves are half garter, half ribbing and that also creates a cool (proportional) effect that would be changed if you made a normally proportioned cuff. Just some things to consider 🙂
As for the honeycomb elongated stitches, they are easy to execute, but because of their floppy nature, you can sometimes end up knitting past them into the next area. I would advise always counting and checking your numbers OR being comfortable dropping down to fix a slipped stitch that is accidentally knit into the garter stitch background.
Garter in the round is not quite as fun as garter in the flat–you have to execute a purl row every other row to create the garter effect (rather than knitting every row, as you would in the flat). There are numerous videos about how to fix a garter stitch “jog” when working in the round. If you don’t want the “seam” down the back of your sweater, check these techniques out before you begin!
**Added Bonus: Knit in Brooklyn Tweed Loft, Hayloft colorway Review
This yarn is not for the feint of heart! It’s a beautiful woolen spun, and it needs to be treated very gently. Pulling and yanking–even from a cake *could* break the yarn. Once knit, it’s strong, light, and lovely. I heard one designer say this of BTLoft: it’s important that the final garment is worth the effort of working with this yarn 🙂 And, as it’s also a fingering weight yarn, I agree! The results are stunning, but knitting with it can take a different kind of zen; I had it break on me early on, and I learned my lesson well! The yarn also has some VM in it–this is both endearing and awesome (think soulful stash!), and also potentially awkward and frustrating: you will have to pull out bits of hay etc and that can be tricky given the fragility of the yarn.