Pine Creek


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I’m so proud to introduce my first sweater design, Pine Creek. This sweater has been a long time coming. It began as a lace swatch, last summer, knit in The Fibre Co.’s Arranmore Light and came to life as a full garment knit in the newest base from The Fibre Co. - Lore.

With a relaxed fit and eye-catching textural lace at the yoke, Pine Creek will quickly become the sweater that you reach for over and over. You can style it for an afternoon of hygge with leggings and cozy socks. Or you can glam it up by layering over a tunic dress with tights and your coolest boots. I’m dreaming of a Hinterland dress to wear with mine!

Pine Creek is knit seamlessly from the top down. The yoke is cast on with provisional stitches and short rows are worked to raise the back neck. The yoke lace is knit, then the body and sleeves are separated and each worked top down. The only finishing is to pick up the provisional stitches at the neck and work a rolled neckline. Lace instructions are both charted and written.

With seven sizes included in the pattern, you can choose to knit your sweater with as much or as little positive ease as you like. The model in the photos is wearing the 49" size sweater with 13" of positive ease for a very relaxed fit, perfect for layering.

Some possible modifications to make it yours:

  • You could easily substitute the rolled hem neckline with your favorite neckline, OR you could opt for a wider neck opening by omitting the neck rows and simply bind off with a tidy i-cord bind off.

  • Knit a shorter body for a cropped version that would look fabulous styled with high waisted trousers or layered over your favorite winter dresses.

The Fibre Co’s new DK weight, woolen spun yarn, Lore is a perfect match for the bold lace yoke and classic stockinette body of Pine Creek. The lofty, but surprisingly strong hand of this yarn creates a a beautiful fabric that I truly can’t get enough of. Lore is spun from Romney Lambswool and is processed in a mill in England’s historical textile region of West Yorkshire. This is definitely a yarn that will make durable, lasting garments without sacrificing any of the comfort that you crave.

I would love to see how you make Pine Creek your own. Please share your yarn choices, works in progress and beautiful finished sweaters with #pinecreeksweater and #samanthaguerindesign ! Happy knitting, friends!

Pine Creek Ravelry Pattern Page

Required Skills

Provisional cast on, short rows, basic lace patterning

Sizes

Intended to be worn with 4-8” positive ease.

Select a size 4-8” larger than your bust circumference; measurements below are for the finished garment.

35.5 (38, 42, 45) [49, 52, 54]” / 

90 (96.5, 106.5, 114) [124.5, 132, 137] cm

Yarn 

The Fibre Co. ‘Lore’ (100% Kent Lambswool, 273 yds per 100g)

Shown in colorway ‘Courage,’ 4 (5, 5, 6) [6, 7, 7] skeins or

1020 (1100, 1310, 1440) [1580, 1680, 1740] yds of a similar DK weight yarn

Notions

Waste yarn, stitch holders (optional, can use additional waste yarn), stitch markers, tapestry needle for weaving in ends, blocking pins, blocking mat

Gauge

Using US 6/4mm needle, 20 sts and 28 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch, in the round, after blocking

Needle A (Main Fabric)

One 24” circular needle

US 6/4mm, or size needed to obtain gauge

Needle B (Neckband Short Rows & Bind Off)

One 16” circular needle 

US 6/4mm, or size needed to obtain gauge

Needle C (Sleeves)

One 40” circular for magic loop or DPN’s

US 6/4mm, or size needed to obtain gauge

Needle D (Neckband)

One 16” circular needle or DPN’s for three smallest sizes

US 5/3.75mm, or one size smaller than needed to obtain gauge

Needle E (Sleeve Ribbing)

One 40” circular needle for magic loop or DPN’s

US 4/3.5mm

Needle F (Hem Ribbing)

One 24” circular needle

US 4/3.5mm

Contact & Support:

email: samanthaguerindesign@gmail.com

Ravelry ID: SamanthaGuerin

Website: www.samanthaguerindesign.com

All of my gratitude to the people who helped bring this pattern to life.

My test knitters Karen, Gabby, Jocelyn, Grace and Lauren each knit beautiful and different versions of Pine Creek. I loved seeing how this design fit into each of their wardrobes. Tech editor extraordinaire - Faye Weiss, took my clumsy words and massaged them into a very easily read pattern. Photographer to the stars - Gale Zucker created photos that really speak to my soul. She saw Pine Creek and knew exactly how it needed to be styled and photographed.

The design team at The Fibre Co. made my sweater design dreams come true by accepting Pine Creek into their Yarn Support Programme. Companies like theirs make it possible for new designers to grow and reach new knitters around the world.

To each of you: thank you from the bottom of my squishy heart.