Over a year ago I released Bracken, a sweater I designed to meet a real need in my daughter’s wardrobe. I was looking for a quick and simple project, resulting in something that was easy to wear, but with just the right amount of… je ne sais quoi. (I feel this is the basis for a lot of my designs!).
The outcome was just that, a simple top-down raglan sweater which goes with many outfits for all occasions. And that je ne sais quoi? A simple change in needle size, one much smaller than the recommended size to one much larger, which creates two row furrows on the reverse stockinette fabric and just that right amount of texture. As soon as I put Louella in it I knew I wanted one!! As it goes, Bracken has turned out to be one of my more popular patterns, and being that it is a child’s pattern (usually not as popular) it’s not surprising that the requests for an adult version soon trickled in. And so here is finally is; Miss Bracken.
Miss Bracken features just the same qualities – a top down, raglan pullover featuring the soft yet modern texture of the two row furrows. The longer body has some A line shaping, finishing with the classic dropped back hem that I can’t seem to get enough of! Just like her min-me she is made with Brooklyn Tweed’s bulky weight yarn Quarry. I have to mention that it is this yarn that makes for the most amazing sweater. It’s bulky weight but it’s light, so so light. The resulting sweater is not one that will have you sweating buckets as soon as you step off the couch to do something more active than knitting, and won’t stretch over time due to the the sheer amount of fiber. It’s lofty, woolen-spun construction makes for the dreamiest of sweaters, full of the beautiful flecks of colour that we all know and love BT’s yarns for. If you haven’t worked with this yarn before, it is worth while reading some tip’s BT has over on their Quarry yarn page, as it really is unlike any other chunky yarn I’ve met before.
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5 (5, 6, 6)(7, 8) skeins Brooklyn Tweed Quarry; 100% wool; 200 yds, 100 gms, shown in “Citrine”
or, 911 (1018, 1128, 1255)(1394, 1528) yds/833 (931, 1031, 1148)(1275, 1397) m bulky weight yarn.
Needles & Notions
US 8/5mm, 24” or 32” circular needles
US 13/9mm, 24” or 32” circular needles
1 set US 8/5mm DPNs
1 set US 13/9mm DPNs
or size needed to obtain gauge.
Tapestry needle, removable stitch markers
13 stitches x 20 row/rounds = 4”/10 cm in Bed Jacket stitch pattern
32 (37, 40, 44.25)(48, 51.75)”/ 81.5 (94, 101.5, 112.5)(122, 131.5) cm chest
Sample size is 37”/94 cm, worn with 1”/2.5 cm positive ease.
I have plans for yet another Miss Bracken (for my sister) to jump on my needles any day, and wondering if you might too, if we shouldn’t have a KAL? Feel free to comment and let me know what you think!
And thanks as always to my friend and most amazing photographer Krista, for these stunning images!