Thursday, February 24, 2011

Stripey Goodale

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.

Some modifications:

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.


  1. ooh, that sweater is so pretty! I love the stripes, and the colours you chose. It looks perfect!