Finished Object: Gola!

I’ve posted a couple of progress updates on this sweater, but today the pattern, by Laura Nelkin, goes live!

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:

Gola Sweater

Gola 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:

My Gola, knit in Spirit Trail Birte in Kestrel (dark brown), Chipotle (dark red), Dance the Orange (orange) and Scrimshaw (cream)

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.

I’m kind of obsessively thinking about knitting one that’s ALL stripes now! (except I also want to knit a tunic length Vindur, too)
More photos of my sweater blocking, which show the side panels a bit better:

I ran out of Chipotle part way down the side panel, so switched to Dance the Orange. This pattern is endlessly entertaining and works with any amount of yarn for the stripes, if you’re flexible. I totally was, because my goal was to use these colors that go so well together, and to use up as many of them as possible. I’m happy to say I used up just about every bit! Yay!
Other side panel, in Scrimshaw
One of my favorite details about Gola is the juxtaposition of the stitches in the side panel, which are knit up the side, to the side-to-side knitting in the sweater
close up of side panel and vertical stripes
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 …

A pretty, oceany blend in Spirit Trail Birte in, from left, Ebb & Flow, Solace, Fresh Mint, and Hanalei. I think I’d knit the body in Hanalei, and the stripes in the other colors. But any combo would be awesome.
Soft and peaceful, Spirit Trail Birte in Horseshoe Bay, Pink Sands, and The Witching Hour. I’d use The Witching Hour for the body, but, then again …
For an earthy, autumnal sweater, Spirit Trail Birte in Vendange, Vintage, a soup pot Green, and Roussillon. 
Just a little bit spunky and funky, Spirit Trail Birte in South Pacific, Sorbet, and Black Moon …

Options abound, because this sweater would be FANTASTIC using a gradient kit for stripes!

For the pink and purple lovers among us (you know who you are), Spirit Trail Brigantia (also DK weight) in Pink Sand, with a gradient kit in Muscaris, Toile de Jouy, Celestial, and Scrimshaw
Another earthy-sort of blend, but brighter with that awesome pop of red, Spirit Trail Brigantia in Scarlett, with a gradient kit in Red Tiger Eye, Dance the Orange, Goldfinch, and Au Naturel

I really love this soft, subtle color blend, Spirit Trail Brigantia in Fog with a gradient kit in Celestial

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.


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