Hello, lovely knitters! I hope spring is utterly lovely where you are. My needles have been very busy these last few months, and I’m finally ready to share a new design with you – the first in quite some time! I’m pleased to present Willowbrook:
Willowbrook is a relaxed, elegant turtleneck with a few subtle details. Designed for my CustomFit pattern generator, Willowbrook can be made exactly as shown here – or with any of a number of changes supported by the site (fit, silhouette, length, and sleeve length are all supported changes).
As shown, it’s a simple long-sleeved turtleneck tunic with simple trims and a notched rib hem detail. The default torso silhouette is an a-line garment as shown here on Maya; she’s wearing a women’s average fit.
I worked the garment in The Fibre Company’s Acadia: a lovely tweed made from merino, baby alpaca, and silk and available in a wide variety of wearable colors. (This is “Cranberry”.)
I liked this yarn at around 5.5 stitches per inch, and A standard size 30 (32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60)’’ / 76 (81.5, 86.5, 91.5, 96.5, 101.5, 106.5, 112, 122, 132, 142, 152.5) cm a-line tunic will use approximately 8 (8, 9, 9, 10, 10, 13, 13, 13, 14, 15, 17) hanks of Acadia.
(I love Hannah Fettig’s Stashbot app for estimating yardage, and would definitely recommend it if you’re changing the silhouette and/or gauge of this design.)
Making your own
Willowbrook is a CustomFit design, which means you can purchase it directly from my shop:
Once you’ve purchased the design, you’ll find Willowbrook in the “Ready to Customize” section of your CustomFit Patterns Page:
You can create the actual customized pattern for your own Willowbrook whenever you like. So take some time and identify your yarn, and swatch until you have a fabric you love. (Of course, I’d recommend the Acadia I used! But if you would like to substitute and get a similar look, I’d definitely recommend working a yarn with fibers that drape well.)
Save your measurements and your gauge once you’re ready, and then click the “make a custom pattern” button below your own Willowbrook. Select your gauge and measurements, fit and silhouette from the drop-down menus. Optionally, change the sweater or sleeve length under “hem/sleeve lengths”, and then click “get this pattern” to view a detailed schematic before you finalize the pattern.
Once you’ve finalized the pattern, it will appear in the “Ready to Knit” section of your CustomFit Patterns Page – and you’re ready to knit from a pattern created expressly and exclusively for you.
I hope you like this new design – and I can’t wait to see your own versions of it! I have a couple of things on the needles right now, but am pondering a summer-time version of Willowbrook out of a super-light Habu yarn that I’ve had for a couple of years now. Maybe with elbow sleeves?
Until next time, happy knitting!