Long, light, and gently shaped, with deep pockets and a versatile collar, Arbois is a gorgeous layer for cooler days. Wear Arbois however you like; the generous length and comfortable fit make Arbois pretty over jeans or a dress. The collar, left open, frames your shoulders and neck prettily. Or, buttoned up, the collar slouches comfortably like a cowl. I hope you enjoy the understated texture and the seamless construction in this relaxing and satisfying knit.
Bust (buttoned) 35¾ (38½, 42½, 46¾, 51, 55¼)”
Length 27½ (28½, 29, 29¾, 30¼, 31¼)”
Intended to be worn with 2-4” positive ease. Photographs show size 38½” on size 36” bust
10 (11, 12, 13, 15, 16) skeins Quince & Co Chickadee 100% wool, 181 yards (166 m)/50g per skein (shown in Split Pea)
23 sts and 32 rows = 4 inches/10cm in stockinette (stocking) stitch, blocked
3.75mm (US 5) circular needles, 24-32” long, or size needed to obtain gauge
10 (10, 10, 11, 11, 11) buttons
6 stitch markers, stitch holders or scrap yarn for holding stitches, spare circular needle, blunt yarn needle
Arbois is worked from the bottom up. The fronts and back are worked together, back and forth on circular needles to the underarms. The body is gently shaped with darts on the fronts and back, for an A-line silhouette. The sleeves are worked in the round to the underarm. Body and sleeves are joined and the yoke is worked with raglan shaping to the neck. The collar is worked straight from the top of the yoke. The front bands, buttonholes and pockets are worked at the same time as the rest of the garment. Finishing the Arbois is minimal: the pocket linings are stitched to the body, the underarm stitches are grafted, and the buttons are attached.
PS: A note about the yarn requirements
The sample shown used every bit of 10 skeins, so the pattern says 11. Chickadee is a wonderfully bouncy yarn, but this means it tends to go through yardage more enthusiastically than other yarns. You will quite possibly need less yarn than specified.