I love simplicity in my garments and I love knitting stockinette stitch in the round, but sometimes it's good to push yourself. Birch Bay was the perfect sweater for a little bit of a challenge and oh-so worth it.
My main attraction to this sweater is the shape. It's the garment shape I want to wear everyday - a large boxy square with fitted sleeves and a collar! It also happens to be covered in a striking cabled pattern. Julie Hoover you are a genius!
This sweater is constructed in two pieces and then seamed. The arms and collar are worked from picked-up stitches. The arms and neck are worked in 2 x 2 rib and the front and back feature all over cables. These pieces took a long time for me to execute. I cast-on for this sweater last September, but have put it down a few times to knit other, faster sweaters.
I've made several sweaters out of Shelter and I love it. Its the right balance between rustic and farmy, soft and squishy. This Woodsmoke color is a warm pale grey. I wanted something neutral so this sweater would stand the test of time, especially since it was so labor-intensive.
Overall I love my new sweater. Thanks to some spring snow showers, I've been able to wear this warm and cozy sweater a few times already and when next fall hits, you'll bet I'll be ready!