Classic Aran style goes minimalist in a pretty pullover with just enough details. Honeycomb panels flanked by crocheted bobbles and mirrored cables adorn the front and back on a plush bed of gently textured moss stitch. Several inches of positive ease keep the fit relaxed enough for weekend wear, but professional good looks make Backbay fetching with a wool skirt and tights or a smart pair of trousers, too.
Backbay is knit with Shelter in the round to the armholes; the front, back, and set-in sleeves are then worked flat and seamed together. The pattern includes directions for thoughtful details like garter stitch selvedges; tubular hem, cuff, and neckband ribbings; and a special bind-off over the cabled portion of the fabric for a neat and elastic finish.
Worsted weight wool yarn in the following approximate amounts:
- 1080 (1195, 1320, 1405, 1550, 1675) yards
- 8 (9, 10, 11, 12, 12) skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yards/50g)
- Photographed in color Fossil
Please note: the cable stitch patterns in this garment are charted only.
- 20 stitches & 30 rows = 4″ in Moss Stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking
- 46 (46, 46, 58, 58, 58)-stitch panel from Chart measures 7 (7, 7, 9, 9, 9)” wide with Size A needle(s), after blocking
Size A (for Main Fabric):
- One 32″ circular needle and needle(s) in preferred style for small-circumference circular knitting in size needed to obtain gauge listed
- Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)
Size B (for Ribbing):
- One each 16″ and 32″ circular needle and needle(s) in preferred style for small-circumference circular knitting, three sizes smaller than Size A
- Suggested Size: 3½ mm (US 4)
Size C (optional; for Tubular Cast On & Bind Off only):
- One each 16″ and 24″ (for sizes 34 & 37¼”) or 32″ circular needle (for other sizes) and needle(s) in preferred style for small-circumference circular knitting, one size smaller than Size B
- Suggested Size: 3¼ mm (US 3)
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 needle size for Tubular Cast On due to variance in individual work. Please test your chosen cast-on method on your swatch.
- 34 (37¼, 40½, 42¾, 46, 49¼)” circumference at bust
- Intended Ease: + 2–4″
- Sample shown is size 37¼” with 3¼” ease on model
Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern
- Cast on of choice (for 2×2 ribbed fabric)
- Sewn Bind Off (Elizabeth Zimmerman’s method)
- Blocking (Suggested method: Wet-Blocking)
- Tubular Cast On- circular knitting (for 1 x 1 ribbed fabric)
- 1 x 1 Tubular Bind Off
- Grafting (Kitchener Stitch)