First Sweater of the Season: Bedford

Posted on | October 26, 2014 | 7 Comments


Bedford was a nice, easy project to bring me back into the world of knitting. After analyzing my wardrobe over the past few months, I realized I was in serious need of some comfy, cozy pullovers in my wardrobe and this pullover fit the bill.


I knit Bedford up in the suggested yarn, Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in Snowbound. All of Jared’s colors are beautiful, but I can’t seem to get past his fantastic heather grey pallet! My friend Kathryn will tell you that when shopping for yarn, heather grey is my downfall every. single. time.

I only made a few fit modifications to the pattern. The body is knit 1″ longer and I cast-on fewer stitches for the sleeves. Since I’m on the petite side, the cuff and muscle proportions need to be just right so I don’t look overwhelmed by the sweater. I did make a silly mistake though that ended up with me re-knitting the yoke. When I modified the cuff CO numbers, I looked at the wrong set of final numbers for the muscle, therefore I ended up with 10 less stitches than I wanted. I didn’t notice until I had BO for the neck and tried it on for the first time. It fit, but the upper raglan sleeve area was a little tight. Rip, rip, rip! I kept the smaller muscle (I have my limits) and reworked the decreases for the raglan. Perfect!


When knitting the sleeves, I also worked them inside out up to the join so I could knit in the round instead. I’m not a fan of working purl stitches in the round, especially since my purl stitches tend to be a little looser than my knits. Also, it’s much faster! When I got to the yoke join, I just flipped each sleeve right side out and continued with purl stitches. Easy.


My gauge was a little off from the pattern, but when I tried a smaller needle, the resulting stitch did not look nice and my gauge was too tight. A nice looking stitch was more important than getting gauge, so I went with it. I knit a large gauge swatch and wet blocked, but of course I forgot to take my pre-block gauge (shame on me!). I knit up the 34 1/2″ size and ended up blocking it out to 36″, which is about 3″ of positive ease.  In this case, I wanted the body of the sweater to grow a bit, so all ended well.

I absolutely love my new sweater! It’s been finished for a week and I think I’ve worn it three times already. Plus, heather grey goes with everything. Total win!



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  • Heather Lou

    Love this! Couldn’t agree more about heather grey…. I was so pissed when I started mine because my knit shop didn’t have any affordable worsted in that colorway! I’m working on a charcoal Bedford (by working I mean I started it and then kind of forgot about it for a few weeks, ahem). Did you find the neck directions made sense? The ravelry concensus seemed to be that the neckline was weird.

  • Melissa Wehrle

    Thanks Heather! The neck directions made sense, but I also do pattern writing for a living! There probably should have been a call out how many times you need to work the single decrease on each side of the neck after working the 3st and 2 st BO, but it worked out fine.

  • Ginger

    This is really beautiful and it fits like a glove! I’ve had this on my to-do list for the longest time… just need to find a good Shelter substitute! I purchased Quince & Co. Lark to make it, but didn’t like the fabric when I swatched for it, so I had to use the yarn for something else. It’s such a great style!

  • Melissa Wehrle

    Thank you! It’s a great style and I know I’m going to get tons of use out if it! You could check into Harrisville Designs for a substitute. It’s the same mill that makes Shelter, although I don’t think the colors are as good. Why do you want to sub the Shelter?

  • Ginger

    Oh, just being a cheapskate. But maybe I should put some Shelter on my Christmas list… it’s so pretty!

  • Melissa Wehrle

    The yarn is worth it! Plus, you’re spending all that time knitting the sweater, why not work with nice materials? :)

  • Ginger

    Good point! Hmm…