My friend Caryn inspired me to make this one. When I saw her starting, it made me want to knit one too. Monkey see, monkey do!
Pattern: Goodale by Cecily Glowick MacDonald
available for purchase via Ravelry.
Yarn: Farmhouse Yarns Bonnie's Bamboo (100% bamboo)
2 skeins in colorway Rose (approx. 400 yards)
2 skeins in colorway Natural (approx. 400 yards)
Needle Size: US 7
Initially I thought I would stripe a wool/silk blend yarn from Manos del Uruguay. But after knitting a few rows, I decided it looked too busy - always a risk with multicolored yarns. Back into the stash for another day.
After playing around in my stash, I settled on this very silky worsted weight bamboo. I had just the right amount but I wasn't sure about the drape of the resulting fabric. However, I loved the color combo so I went with it. The yarn is easy to knit - smooth like you'd expect and soft almost silky. And not at all splitty.
Substituting the bamboo for the recommended wool/cashmere made the finished garment very drapey. (Is drapier a word?) But I think it works.
Most of the sweater is in plain stockinette. The lapels and pockets are created when the front is folded back on itself. Reverse stockinette.
Instead of the i-cord edging for the lapel, I just relied on the natural tendency for stockinette to curl in on itself and sewed the edges down - kind of like a rolled hem.
Because of the bamboo, I was concerned that the lapels wouldn't stay put so I sewed them down by first basting them into position and then going back with a running stitch that butted up against the hem. Then I just pulled out the basting yarn. Of course, I left plenty of room for the pockets - the best part!
The pockets are a very handy feature. I keep an extra i-cord fastener in mine so I can switch depending on my mood.
A few more modifications:
I added two inches in length for my long torso.
And I did a single crochet edging on the collar. Crochet is inherently less stretchy than knitting so it works great to give knitting some stay-put action. With the bamboo, my collar really needed some reinforcement.
I loved knitting this. The pattern is well written and the design elements add just enough interest. The stripes give it sort of a whimsical quality and the resulting fabric is smooth and easy to wear. Perfect for spring. Although some of us are still deep in hibernation.