Boucle´ Boat Neck
This ultra-simple pullover illustrates how easy it is to vary the look o the ClassicCrew. By choosing a handdyed bouclé yarn and knitting it at a loose gauge, I cre-ated an airy, drapey sweater that’s both casual and elegant. This sweater ollowsthe instructions or the up-and-down basic sweater, but with a boat-neck variation(that requires no neckline shaping). Textured yarns, such as this bouclé, look greatknitted on larger needles, producing a abric that is light o hand. The standardgauge or this yarn is 4 stitches per inch on size 9 (5.5 mm) needles, which wouldbe great or a dense jacket or skirt. To get the drapey abric I wanted in this over-sized sweater, I used size 10
(6.5 mm) needles at a gauge o just 3 stitches perinch. The resulting abric is airy without being sheer.
I handpainted our 6-ounce skeins o kid mohair bouclérom Ashland Bay in our diferent coordinating colorways,each successive colorway having an increasing amounto peacock blue. I balanced the “composition” by knittinglarge areas o diferent sizes in diferent colorways. For apainterly efect, I smoothed the transition between col-orways by knitting 2 rows o each color or several inches.Because the colorways had so many similar colors, thesetransitional stripes are not obvious. I used the skeins withthe least amount o peacock blue at the hem and cufs(the smallest area) and worked to the neck and shoulderline with successively bluer skeins so that most o the bril-liant color rames the ace.