As soon as I saw Carrie Bostick Hoge's Branches & Bud sweater in the first issue of Making Magazine: Flora, I knew I had to knit it up. I decided to use our Wisconsin Woolen Spun yarn in sport weight and I also decided to use the beautiful undyed natural colors of Quaker Gray and Birch. The sweater practically knit itself, it went so smoothly and the pattern by Carrie is beautifully written.
A little about the sweater, it is worked from the top down with a colorwork yoke. The color work uses only two colors and follows a very simple chart. This would make a perfect first-time sweater or colorwork project. For more experienced knitters this project will be a breeze. The neckline is a bit like a boatneck style and I absolutely love the end result.
You need to figure out your size before you order. For reference, the BWC sample is knit to fit a 36-inch bust and was made in the 39 1/4-inch size.
Determine Your Size
34 (36, 39¼, 42¾, 46¾, 50, 54, 57¼, 61¼)” (86.5 (91.5, 99.5, 108.5, 118.5, 127, 137, 145.5, 155.5) cm) bust circumference
Shown in size 36” (91.5 cm) with 1” positive ease in the photo by Carrie Bostick Hoge. Susan's version is shown in size 39¼ with about 3-4" of positive ease.
Yarn Included in Kit
Wisconsin Woolen Spun (100% American Wool; 100 grams / 360 yards)
- 3 (4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6) skeins in Quaker Gray or Coal (MC)
- 1/2 skein in Birch (CC)
Extras Included in Kit
- Seven colors of Wisconsin Woolen Spun Fingering Weight to embroider colorful buds on the yoke. The cut lengths of yarn are wrapped around a wooden clothespin.
- Stitch Marker Tin with 20 assorted pear-shaped locking markers
- Hand-stamped muslin project bag large enough to fit all of the yarn needed for your sweater size.
- Ravelry download code for the pattern.
Pullover is worked from the top down in one piece. Buds are sewn onto branches at the end.