Bract

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Architectural colorplay and modest shaping in the Bract pullover pay homage to handcrafted antique armor, in which plates are laced together creating curved bands of repeating shapes. Bract features a deep yoke coupled with slender sleeves, adding drama to this sweater’s simple construction. Worked in woolen-spun Loft yarn, Bract exudes modern elegance and coziness that flatters.

The body and sleeves are worked circularly from the bottom up and joined at the underarms. The yoke is then worked circularly up to the neck. Short Rows: Sunday Method are used to shape the upper back and back neck.

Yarn

  • Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia Wool; 275 yards/50 grams)
  • 7 (7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 11) skeins of Main Color (MC); 1 skein of Color 1 (C1); 1 skein of Color 2 (C2)
  • Photographed in colors Yellowstone (MC), Bale (C1), and Fossil (C2)

Yardage

  • 1775 (1880, 2005, 2195, 2410, 2695, 2815) yards MC; 85 (95, 100, 105, 120, 130, 140) yards C1; 85 (95, 100, 105, 120, 130, 140) yards C2 of fingering weight wool yarn

Gauge

  • 22 stitches & 34 rounds = 4” in stockinette stitch with Size A needle, after blocking
  • 22 stitches & 27 rounds = 4” in charted colorwork with Size B needle, after blocking
  • 24 stitches & 40 rounds = 4” in garter stitch with Size C needle, after blocking

Needles

Size A (for Single-Color Stockinette Stitch)

  • One each 16”, 24”, and 32” circular needles and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs) in size needed to obtain gauge listed
  • Suggested Size: 3.75 mm (US 5)

Size B (for Charted Colorwork)

  • One each 24” and 32” circular needles, in size needed to obtain gauge listed
  • Suggested Size: 4.5 mm (US 7)

Size C (for Garter Stitch)

  • One each 16” and 32” circular needles and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs), in size needed to obtain gauge listed
  • Suggested Size: 3 mm (US 2½)

Finished Dimensions

  • 43½ (47¼, 51, 54½, 61¾, 65½, 72¾)" [111 (120, 129.5, 138.5, 157, 166, 184.5) cm] finished garment body circumference at base of colorwork
  • Sized to fit approximately 31–33 (33–35, 35–38, 38–42, 42–48, 48–54, 54–60)" [78.5–84 (84–89, 89–96.5, 96.5–106.5, 106.5–122, 122–137, 137–152.5) cm] bust
  • Intended Ease: +10–12" [25.5–30.5 cm]
  • Sample shown in size 47¼" [120 cm] with 15½" [39.5 cm] ease on model

Note that this is a very loose-fitting garment. The wearer’s bust will fall approximately at the base of the colorwork yoke section.

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:

  • Speed-Swatching for Circular Knitting
  • Color Dominance
  • Short Rows: Sunday Method
  • Kitchener Stitch (Grafting)

Skill Level

  • Adventurous Intermediate: 4 out of 5

Please note: the stitch patterns for this garment are charted only.

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