Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Pattern Release: Goodnough

My newest design, Goodnough (pronounced "good-no"), is now available on Ravelry and in my Etsy shop.

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Pattern: Goodnough, by Bonnie Sennott
Yarn: Fiberphile Super Squish DK [100% superwash merino wool; 230 yd/210 m per 100g skein]; color: Mithril
Needles: US6/4.00mm and US4/3.5mm 

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Goodnough is an open front cardigan featuring a mirrored cable pattern on its two front bands. With 3/4-length sleeves and A-line shaping, it's a perfect layering piece for spring, summer, and fall.

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The pattern is written for DK or light worsted weight yarns that knit up at 5 stitches to the inch. I was very pleased with the Fiberphile Super Squish DK that I knit the sample with. It's a plump, smooth yarn that produces a beautifully even stockinette fabric. The yarn relaxes nicely after blocking, resulting in good drape and excellent stitch definition. And that Mithril colorway? It's beyond lovely.

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I designed Goodnough to be worn with 0-2 inches/0-5 cm positive ease, but it can also look attractive worn with negative ease. The model in the photos is wearing it with a small amount of negative ease, and I think it looks great on her.


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The sweater is worked bottom up in one piece to the armholes, then divided for back and fronts. Only a little bit of seaming is required: the shoulders are seamed, and the front bands are seamed at the back neck. The sleeves are worked top-down, in the round, using short rows to shape the sleeve caps. Stitch patterns are given in both written form and charts.

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Goodnough is named after the Goodnough Dike at the Quabbin Reservoir, in Ware, Massachusetts. It's a beautiful place, especially in the early morning. But it can be cold up there on the dike, even in late April. (How cold? 35F!) If you look closely, you can see goosebumps on Clarity's arms in some of the pictures. This was more appropriate gear for the morning:


Goodnough Shoot Weather-Appropriate Gear

Thanks go to Katherine for her thorough tech editing, and to Clarity, model and videographer extraordinaire, for all her help and enthusiasm. Clarity's sense of humor and adventure made the photo shoot fun from start to finish. (Also memorable was the fantastic breakfast we had afterwards next to a toasty fireplace at the Roadhouse Cafe in Belchertown.) 
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I really can never get enough of the views at the Goodnough Dike. We're landlocked in western Mass., but at least we have big expanses of water and sky at the Quabbin. When I took preliminary photos there the morning before the photo shoot, the Kinks song "This Is Where I Belong" came into my head.

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Indeed. This is where I belong.

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8 comments:

pdxknitterati/MicheleLB said...

Beautiful sweater, beautiful model, beautiful day. Well done!

Diana said...

Lovely sweater! And I swear, those photos look like they were taken near a Scottish loch. Hard to believe that gorgeous landscape is here in Massachusetts.

KPiep said...

Congrats! It is lovely!

Evelyn said...

What a great design! Congratulations on its release.

Leslie said...

Goodnough is a lovely pattern! I am looking forward to choosing yarn for it!

Jody said...

this is a lovely pattern - I started it this morning. There is an error on row three, left hand panel. It should read p3 instead of p4. FYI!!!
Loving it!

Bonnie said...

Thanks for letting me know, Jody! I have corrected the PDF. You are a sweetheart! Bonnie

judy said...

Beautiful sweater shot at one of my favorite spots.