Gola really is a fun knit, and there are so many possibilities for changing up the stripes and making it a really individual and unique sweater. Laura’s patterns are exceptional in the information they provide to make knitting as easy as possible (lots of little tricks, and links to videos, etc.). Her patterns are also flawless, so no worries about dealing with mathematical or other errors. They’re just a joy to knit, and Laura’s fun, spunky, lively personality really shines through in her patterns.
Laura added horizontal stripes to her sweater:
Which look great on her because, well, she’s svelt. I, on the other hand, am more Rubenesque, and the thought of horizontal stripes across my hips made me cringe. So, I added vertical stripes to mine instead. I think it turned out great:
Details about how I did my stripes are on my Ravelry Project Page. Gola is a great pattern for using up project leftovers. I had several skeins of the Kestrel, and then dribs and drabs of the colors I used for the stripes, all leftovers. More photos of my sweater blocking, which show the side panels a bit better: Another great detail of Gola is, you can make it as long or as short as you want simply be increasing or decreases the cast-on stitches for the body. You can also leave out the asymmetrical hem, by simply casting on and knitting straight instead of following the decreases as written in the pattern (check out Laura’s Instagram account for photos of her Vindur tunic, which she knit straight across instead of including the decreases at the hemline).
I would, of course, be remiss if I didn’t mention that there are some great color combinations in both Birte and Brigantia in my shop right now. Just in case you need to knit this sweater, and might be running low on yarn. heh heh …
Options abound, because this sweater would be FANTASTIC using a gradient kit for stripes!
Brigantia is not *quite* as soft as Birte, but it’s pretty close. I can wear Brigantia right up against my skin with no problem (my North Shore pullover is in Brigantia, and I wear it all the time, all by itself). But for those with a sensitivity to wool, Birte is probably a better option with it’s blend of superwash merino, cashmere, and silk.
I can’t recommend this pattern (really, any of Laura’s patterns) highly enough. They’re always fun, and always include some kind of mind-stretching design detail, and always include lots of tips and links to help you out.