Modern minimalism transforms traditional stranded colorwork. Delicate peerie bands, strikingly graphic against the negative space of a pale background, are reminiscent of wire fences on western rangelands. Worked in only three colors of Loft, Ashland can take on very different appearances depending on the shades you choose—almost any combination of one light, one dark, and one bright should sing, and more closely related shades can produce a richly subtle effect. The pullover is knit in the round from the bottom up, with steeks for the armholes and set-in sleeve caps so that the work can continue in the round. Waist shaping and a generous neckline create a flattering garment that’s easy to layer over collared shirts or dresses. Neat tubular edges and hems and cuffs in single rib help Ashland strike a polished casual note.
Fingering weight wool yarn in the following approximate amounts:
- 1160 (1270, 1420, 1560, 1720, 1865) yards Color 1 (C1)
- 195 (210, 240, 265, 295, 320) yards Color 2 (C2)
- 175 (195, 220, 240, 270, 290) yards Color 3 (C3)
Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50g)
- 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7) skeins of C1
- 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2) skein(s) of C2
- 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 2) skein(s) of C3
- Photographed in colors Fossil (C1), Hayloft (C2), and Truffle Hunt (C3)
Please note: the stitch patterns in this garment are charted only.
- 25 stitches & 34 rounds = 4″ in Ashland pattern from chart with Size A/Size B needle(s), after blocking
Size A (for Single-Color Rounds of Main Fabric)
- One each 24″ and 32″ circular needles and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs)* in size needed to obtain gauge listed
- Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)
Size B (for Two-Color Rounds of Main Fabric)
- One each 24″ and 32″ circular needles and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs)* one size larger than Size A
- Suggested Size: 4 mm (US 6)
Due to significant variance between knitters, your colorwork fabric should be swatched prior to knitting your sweater to determine whether or not this needle size should be larger, smaller, or equal to Size A. Please read about Speed-Swatching for Circular Knitting (see Special Techniques).
Size C (for Ribbing)
- One each 16″ and 32″ circular needles and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs)* one size smaller than Size A
- Suggested Size: 3½ mm (US 4)
Size D (optional; for Tubular Cast On and Bind Off only)
- One each 16″ and 32″ circular needles and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs)* two sizes smaller than Size A
- Suggested Size: 3¼ mm (US 4)
Note: If you have adjusted the needle size to obtain the correct gauge, it may or may not be necessary to make a matching adjustment to the need size used for Tubular Cast On due to variance in individual work. You may wish to test your chosen cast-on method on your swatch.
*32″ circular needle can be used instead of DPNs if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round (i.e., Sleeves).
- 35¼ (39, 43, 46¾, 50½, 54½)” circumference at bust
- Intended Ease: + 4-6″
- Sample shown is size 39” with + 5” ease on model
Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:
- Speed-Swatching for Circular Knitting
- Color Dominance
- 1×1 Tubular Cast On (Circular Knitting, even number of stitches)
- Garter Stitch Selvedge
- Securing a Steek: Crochet Method
- Securing a Steek: Sewn Method (Machine or Hand)
- Backward Loop Cast On
- Sloped Bind Off
- 1×1 Tubular Bind Off
- Kitchener Stitch (Grafting)