Pattern of the Week: Oxford Street Pullover
Before there was knitting, there were libraries. Meaning, the library was my first love. Family trips to the public library were frequent when I was a child and turned into solo visits in my adolescence. In college I worked at my university library; post-graduation I started full-time work in the same building. I continue to make frequent visits to my local public library, opting for their free resource sharing over spending money to fill bookshelves in my home. My love affair with libraries is as strong today as it ever was.
The feeling you get from being in a university library is unlike any other. Being in the epicenter of knowledge within an institution devoted to learning and education can have a profound and humbling effect. I always feel nostalgic, thinking about the history of that place in particular and the vastness of knowledge sharing in general.
Okay, okay, I’ve said enough about libraries. All of this is to say that the Oxford Street Pullover from Interweave Knits Fall 2018 evokes some of the same feelings that come up for me when I’m inside a library. If I had been knitting complicated sweaters in college, as an anthropology student who worked in the library, I would have knit this sweater and donned it proudly. It has a collegiate astuteness to it that reflects the rich layers and history of libraries and universities—both indispensible institutions to our democracy.
The classic tweed, cables, and texture of the Oxford Street Pullover reflect the architecture, atmosphere, and landscape of an Ivy League campus. Worked from the bottom up in pieces, the pullover features a modified drop-shoulder design.
DESIGNER Anne Jones
FINISHED SIZE 32½ (36, 40½, 44½, 49, 53½)” bust circumference. Pullover shown measures 36″; modeled with 4″ of positive ease.
YARN Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yd [128 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): tent, 9 (10, 11, 13, 14, 16) skeins.
NEEDLES Sizes 5 (3.75 mm) and 7 (4.5 mm): 24″ circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
NOTIONS Markers (m); removable m; cable needle (cn); stitch holder; tapestry needle.
GAUGE 18 sts and 30 rows = 4″ in rev St st on larger needle; 44 sts of Cable chart = 6″ wide.