Barclay Sweater (Interweave Knits pattern!)

Monday, November 07, 2011
I was very excited last fall to have my first pattern published in Interweave Knits: The Barclay Sweater! 

From the magazine copy: "The Barclay Sweater has an organic pattern reminiscent of light birches against dark oaks. Side gussets and a modified drop sleeve allow for sideways-knit construction without sacrificing fit."

Now for sale as an independent digital pattern from the Interweave Store for $5.50

Finished Size: 34 (40, 44, 48, 52)” chest circumference. Sweater shown measures 40”.

Yarn: Cascade Eco Duo (70% alpaca, 30% merino; 197 yd 180 m/100 g): #1708 hazelnut (MC), 3 (4, 4, 5, 5) skeins; #1707 latte (CC), 3 (3, 3, 4, 4) skeins.

Yarn Weight: #5 - Bulky

Needles: Size 8 (5 mm). Size 7 (4.5 mm): straight and 16” circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Tapestry needle.

Gauge: 18 sts and 28 rows = 4” in St st on larger needles.

Originally Published: Interweave Knits, Winter 2010

More Info:
The sweater is knit mainly sideways using two different colors of the ultra-yummy Eco Duo (though any heavy worsted or bulky yarn will do).  The colors of Eco Duo chosen for the sample were self-striping; one was cream to ligh tan and the other was medium tan to brown.  This meant that the stripes get a very interesting effect that would be completely different in two colors that were more different from each other. 

Often I find that sideways knit sweaters cause a lot of gapping under the arms because of the drop-sleeve effect.  This sweater gets around that by having 1x1 ribbed side panels (or gussets), knit from the hem up, that allow for a modified drop sleeve.  The shoulders have some shaping for additional fit, too.  the neckline is a wide crewneck, though it could also be worn with a deeper neck if you chose.

I really enjoyed knitting this sweater - it was stockinette but not completely mindless, the yarn was scrumptious (even in 95F July heat!), and it looked great on my spouse who is considerably larger around than the (also scrumptious) model here (though I would make this sweater in a larger size for him, were it for him to keep).


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