Clarke by Jane Richmond is a simple, stripey pullover that I’ve been eyeing for quite a while. When I saw CotLin on sale, I decided it was finally time to add Clarke to my wardrobe and I purchased 7 balls of Sagebrush and 3 of Swan. I was hoping the cotton-linen blend would provide a lightweight, versatile piece, suitable for wearing in virtually all seasons! Braving the 90 degree heat, I layered it here with a chambray button-up and I really enjoy the look!
First off, the yarn was actually pretty enjoyable to knit with. I was a bit concerned because I’ve had trouble with both cotton and linen being hard on the hands, but CotLin was surprisingly soft and easy to work with. Stripes seem to make garments go more quickly, and this sweater worked up in less than a month (while I knitted on… several… other things)! When all was said and done, I used only 6 balls of Sagebrush and 2 of Swan. In hindsight, I wish I had gone up a size (no, I didn’t swatch – please don’t judge me) for more ease. I may be able to get a little more length out of it, but I have already hand-washed and machine-dried it. Yes, CotLin is machine washable and dryable! However, I think drying it caused it to shrink some, which is a huge bummer. It’s still wearable, but I’m hoping it will fit even better when I’m a bit smaller. I recommend the yarn overall, but consider that if you don’t want to machine-dry it, it will take a long time to dry on its own (it was still very damp 24 hours later, which is why I threw it in the dryer. The spin cycle on the washing machine may cut that down some). I love the idea of being able to wash my handknits with my other clothes, but I’m not so sure that I’ll be throwing this in with everything else. I should also note that the Sagebrush color bled quite a bit, but I don’t think it affected the white stripes.
Now for the pattern! This is the first Jane Richmond pattern I’ve knit and it is awesome! I usually go through the pattern and highlight the numbers that correspond to my size, but Jane makes it infinitely easier with a fill-in-the-blank style! With the pattern being so easy to follow, this sweater was a very easy and meditative knit. I’ve learned that going up a needle size while binding off makes for a stretchy edge, so I bound off the bottom hem, sleeves, and neckline in pattern with a size 6 needle. I would definitely recommend this method if you, like me, have been unhappy with the tightness of edges in the past. Other than that, I used the recommended needle sizes. There isn’t much more to say about this pattern. Unless you just hate stockinette, I think you’ll love it! It’s such a simple design, but its well-written pattern and easy style make it a great staple for any wardrobe! I’m already dreaming of one in wool for winter!
Check out more photos on my Ravelry page. I can’t wait to cast on my next sweater for Shannon Cook’s Summer Sweater KAL (lots of chat going on here)!