Knitscene Winter 2018
The Seabrook Sweater is super light, airy, and soft on the skin. Change your look and the sweater’s warmth by layering over different shirts, such as a camisole or a jersey turtleneck.
This cowl neck pullover was inspired by a mohair cardigan I saw in a shop window while shopping for the holidays. The cardigan was paired with a beautiful silk camisole, and I thought the look would be just as great with a generous cowl neck pullover. I’ve always been intrigued by mohair, and actually had several skeins of Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze in my stash, 90% of which have never been used. I’ve always been weary of the halo “fuzz” that is created by the mohair, but I felt that it would be more wearer-friendly worked at a larger gauge. The resulting swatch spurred this idea forward. The pattern ultimately calls for a different mohair - Willow & Lark Plume - and it looked just as lovely as the KSH!
The Seabrook Sweater is worked in the round from the bottom up, and separated to work the armhole shaping. With the open gauge, the body hem won’t curl, and is worked in Stockinette stitch for a classic, clean design. By working the garment it in the round as much as possible, we can avoid having to seam with mohair, which can be quite tricky.
The separation at the armholes creates the easy drop shoulder silhouette, and deep neck shaping is worked to lay the foundation for the deep cowl neck. Once the body has been completed, stitches are picked up at the armhole and worked to the sleeve cuff, also in the round. Once the sleeves are completed, the garment is blocked to even out the stitches prior to knitting the cowl neck. The stitches for the cowl neck are picked up evenly around the neck shaping and worked in reverse stockinette stitch, so that the finished cowl lays with the stockinette stitch side facing as the RS. The cowl is also worked in the round to prevent the need for seaming. The garment is blocked one more time to ensure all stitches are even, and to create a lovely drape.
This pullover will be a great way to transition from the office to a winter date night or your next holiday party. Worked at a larger gauge, the layering options for this sweater are endless. Wear over a velvet or silk camisole for a nod to the latest trends, or toss over a classic white blouse for a touch of softness. This works perfectly under a sport coat or over leggings, the options are endless!