My new favorite sweater


I just took a look at the Interweave Knits Spring 2015 preview, and I fell in love. My new object of affection is the Eastbound Sweater by Courtney Kelley. I just adore Courtney's modern take on the traditional gansey. Here are all the details.

Get yourself the digital edition (it's on sale for under 5 bucks!) and cast on this lovely sweater.

Eastbound Sweater

Designer Courtney Kelley

Finished Sizes 38 (41, 45, 48, 55)" waist circumference. Sweater shown measures 38", modeled with 4½" of positive ease.

Yarn The Fibre Company Organik (70% merino wool, 15% baby alpaca, 15% silk; 98 yd [90 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): night sky, 10 (11, 13, 15, 18) skeins. Yarn distributed by Kelbourne Woolens.

Needles Sizes 8 (5 mm) and 9 (5.5 mm): 16", 24" and 32" circulars (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Markers (m); stitch holders.

Gauge 16 sts and 25 rows = 4" in St st on larger needle.

An “exploded” gusset makes a traditional gansey totally modern. In the Eastbound Sweater, the designer has placed the underarm gussets very low on the body and increased their width substantially throughout the lower body. Doing so creates a wide upper body, which, combined with the dropshoulder sleeve shape, makes for a roomy and modern dolman silhouette. All the elements of traditional ganseys are here—they’ve just been reinterpreted!

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