Featuring eyelet linework that easily belongs near the sea, conjuring images of coastal footbridges, the wake of a ship, or sea urchin shells, Tensile is an ethereal spring layer. Worked in airy, woolen-spun Loft, this piece is one that wears next to the skin like sea foam — clouds on the sand — seemingly floating and barely there, but held together by the tensility of a thousand humble stitches.
47 (51, 55, 59, 62½, 66½, 70½)” [119.5 (129.5, 139.5, 150, 159, 169, 179) cm] circumference at bust
Intended Ease: + 14–16″ [35-40] cm
Sample shown is size 51″ [129.5 cm] with 19″ [48.5 cm] ease on model
1520 (1650, 1925, 2155, 2200, 2470, 2645) total yards of fingering weight wool yarn
6 (6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10) skeins Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50 grams)
Photographed in color Snowbound
24½ stitches & 31½ rows = 4″ in chart pattern with Size A needle(s), after blocking
Note: Gauge for this project changes considerably after blocking; please block your swatch prior to measuring to ensure correct sizing.
Size A (for Main Fabric and Collar)
One each 16″ and 32″ circular needles* in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 3¼mm (US 3)
Size B (for Hem and Collar Ribbing)
One each 16″ and 32″ circular needles, one size smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 2¾ mm (US 2)
Size C (for Sleeve Ribbing)
One pair of straight needles or a 24″ circular needle**, two sizes smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 2¼ mm (US 1)
*Shorter circular needle to be used for working collar in the round; DPNs or longer circular needle and Magic Loop technique may be used if preferred
**Knitter’s preferred style of needle may be used
Advanced Intermediate: Skills required include lace knitting, knitting from charts, seaming, and simultaneous shaping.
Note: Complete instructions are provided within the pattern for each technique.
Sloped Bind Off
Instructions for lace stitch patterns are provided in charted form only.
This garment is worked flat in pieces from the bottom up, then sewn together. The turtleneck collar is picked up and worked circularly.
TENSILE was originally published as part of Brooklyn Tweed’s Wool People 12.
Photographs by Jared Flood, courtesy of Brooklyn Tweed.
For more information, visit brooklyntweed.com.