A little background on this one before I get into the pattern...
I love my Worsted Single-Ply yarn - 100% Merino, a heavy worsted weight, super squishy, warm and soft. Dyes like a dream.
One thing I did not love was splitting the skeins - it comes from the mill in an 8 ounce skein of a little over 500 yards. Thinking it would sell better in the more traditional 4 ounce skein, I was reskeining all of it. And, despite my nice winder, it was a P.I.T.A. Since I have decided to streamline and scale back some things in order to let my business grow in a sustainable way, I needed to rethink reskeining. And, I decided I wasn't going to do it anymore.
I happen to like a nice, fat skein of wool, lovely and plump and full of possibility.
Of course, everyone loves a one-skein project - especially for hand-dyed yarn - so, I've been working on finding some good one-skein projects for the Worsted Single-Ply. This is where Kelly Brooker's Mama Vertebrae comes in. (You NEED to check out Kelly's other patterns, if you aren't familiar with her work - I'm getting the March Sisters pinafore patterns for Addy.) Mama Vertebrae is absolutely worth the price - it is a simple construction top-down raglan cardy, but Kelly's written it for eight different sizes and four different yarn weights. It's also very easy to make changes, so this is a great pattern to come back to multiple times with different yarns and variations.
To make it work with the 500 yards I have, I decided to make it just a tich longer than a shrug and with long sleeves. I also wanted a thicker ribbed edge, so it's about 2 1/2 inches around the bottom edge and just under 2 inches for the front bands and neck.
The color is one of those odd experimental lots, which, of course, no one was particularly interested in buying until they saw me knitting it up (why is that?).