January 11, 2018

F.O. Clarke #2 by Jane Richmond

Pattern:  Clarke Pullover
Designer:  Jane Richmond
Yarn: Julie Asselin Hektos (75% merino, 15% cashmere, 10% silk)
Colourway:   Brume:  7skeins (two colours in one skein)
Romance:  1 skein (for ribbing on cuffs, hem and neckline)
Julie Asselin Hektos

Colourway:  Brume

Colourway:  Romance
Needles: 4.0mm & 4.5mm

Ravelry: my notes

Clarke Pullover
Added Notes:  
When I visited the Julie Asselin both at Knit City, my eyes were instantly drawn to the Brume colourway.  Somehow I missed the fact that I was purchasing two separate colourways, that were joined together, to look like one skein.  When I got home and opened the skeins, I saw to my surprise, two colourways.  Luckily, I didn't mind at all, as these two colourways were gorgeous.  However, I had to rethink my choice of pattern for this yarn.

Surprise!  Two colourways!

I immediately thought of the Clarke Pullover.  Of the many sweaters I have knit, the Clarke Pullover is one of my most frequently worn.  I knew that it would work well with two colourways, producing a much more subtle stripe than the original one I knit.  Also, the cashmere and silk content would produce a very different fabric.  (You can read about that sweater here). 

Clarke Pullover #1
I cast on Clarke for a second time.  The original pattern calls for ten rows of the main colour and four of the contrasting colour.  Having only bought seven skeins I knew I would not have enough of the main colour.  Instead, I knit ten rows of the main colour, followed by six rows of the contrast colour. That turned out to be a good decision, as I only had a tiny amount left of the main colour when it was finished.  I used a third colour (Romance) for the hem, neckband, and ribbing on the sleeves.  I am very happy with the result, and I can see myself wearing this sweater quite a bit. The yarn was a dream to knit with and creates a luxurious fabric, one that I can't wait to wear.

This is my first F.O. of 2018. Have I convinced you to knit the Clarke Pullover yet?  It is an easy knit and it produces a sweater that you will wear again and again.  It works well with any worsted weight yarn in stripes or a solid colour. What are you waiting for?

Happy Knitting!


  1. Gorgeous! I love the subtle colors changes between your stripes, looks like the perfect sweater for winter. Sierra

    1. Thanks Sierra! It is very different from my first one.

  2. Ooh, this is so beautiful, I love the yarn you chose! Clarke is in my to knit list, and I have the yarn for it in my stash.... one day!

    1. Awww thanks Julie! I know, there is never enough time in the day to knit what you want. It is a great pattern though, one definitely worth considering.

  3. That was a happy mistake. I love how those two colorways work together. Such a beautiful sweater!

  4. Great sweater! I love the subtle striping.

    1. Thank you so much. Although it wasn't what I originally planned I have grown to love it!

  5. oh it's beautiful - I love the subtlety of the stripes and even in pictures it looks so soft and snuggly it'll be a dream to wear!

    1. HI Carie! Thanks so much. This is the first time I knit with this yarn and I have to say you are right...it is so soft to wear.