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Knitting Lydia Gluck’s Woodwardia Pullover - A Spring Project
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Knitting Lydia Gluck’s Woodwardia Pullover

A Spring Project

Heading into Spring we’re enjoying the warming weather. Though, with crisp mornings and cool evenings we’re still seeking out layering pieces to transition the day.

The Woodwardia pullover by Lydia Gluck (co-founder & editor of Pom Pom Quarterly) is the perfect spring staple. With its relaxed fit and understated silhouette, it offers both comfort and warmth all with a lightness in hand.

We recently added this piece to our spring wardrobe, having worked it up in Hamelton No. 1 by BC Garn. With its top-down in-the-round construction and botanical design details it was an enjoyably simple knit.

Below, we take a closer look at some of the finer details of Woodwardia and review Hamelton No. 1.



Knitting Woodwardia By Lydia Gluck in Hamelton No. 1 by BC Garn

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Knit the Woodwardia pullover to explore:

  • Top-down, in-the-round construction

  • Knitting with Hamelton No. 1, its suitability and yarn characteristics, and

  • The resulting fabric and hand-feel


  • Knitting in the round

  • Simple increases and decreases

  • Casting off in pattern

  • Wet blocking


  • Body: 4.5mm (US 7) circular needles (we used Chiaogoo Spin Bamboo Interchangables)

  • Ribbing: 4mm (US 6) circular needles (we used Chiaogoo Spin Bamboo Interchangables)




The Woodwardia pullover pattern by Lydia Gluck was first published in Pom Pom Quarterly, Issue 28: Spring 2019. It is available to purchase on RAVELRY or via the POM POM website.

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The pattern was worked as written with one design modification to the neckline.

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We knit a size 3 for a finished bust circumference of 120cm (47.25'') – to be worn with 20cm (8'') positive ease.


We knit the pattern as written for the body and sleeves and modified the neckline.


As the Australian spring can be relatively temperate we thought the rolled neck collar might be a bit too warm for our climate.

We opted for crew-neck style neckline. The modification was simple, we followed the instructions for the collar as written and cast-off in pattern after 9 rows of ribbing was complete.

Adding short rows to the back neck was briefly considered. However, having tried on the pullover before the neckband was started it was deemed unnecessary as the neckline was quite generous and sat evenly around the shoulders.

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To finish, the garment was immersed in a bath of cool water for around 10 minutes, the water was drained and the pullover pressed in a towel to remove the excess. The piece was pinned out on a blocking matt, attention given to shaping the jumper to the dimensions provided in the pattern and aligning the stitches.

Once dry the gauge measured at:

  • 18 stitches over 10cm (4'')

  • 28 rows over 10cm (4'')

 The total yarn used:

  • 482g (17oz) / approx. 964m (1054y), or

  • 10 balls Hamelton No. 1

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Being comfortable reading knitting patterns, we found the top-down in-the-round construction easy to follow. And, being familiar with the pattern skills, the garment was straightforward to knit. The purl stitch detail on the raglan sleeves was intuitive and easy to remember.

Though the styling was simple, the design included some smart design elements for a relaxed and comfortable fit – lots of positive ease, a longer back hem and generous neckline.

Knit in a worsted weight yarn and with some dedication to the project the pullover worked up quickly.

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Using Hamelton No. 1 and the needle sizes suggested, we were able to achieve the gauge specified. The measurements of the finished garment matched those stated in the pattern. Yes!

Our modification - the crew neckline, sits flat and evenly around the shoulders. 

We came in just under 500g to complete the project. The resulting pullover is lightweight and warm, and we can confirm very wearable throughout the day!

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We love the look of Hamelton No 1 in the knitted fabric. The worsted 2-ply construction results in a somewhat textured surface, reminiscent of handspun yarn in hand-feel and appearance.

The slight lustre of the yarn remains bright in the fabric. We have experienced some pilling on the elbows, but this can be expected on a worsted spun 2-ply yarn with moderate twist. We think after a few brushes this will settle, making for a hard-wearing sweater.

Our tester did note a slight pique to the yarn. Though wearable against the skin, they did prefer to wear a long sleeve garment under this yarn.

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For those new to knitting garments, the Woodwardia pullover would make a great introduction to top-down in-the-round construction.

The skills required, and the layout of the pattern would be approachable for those interested in extending their knitting skills.

Hamelton No. 1 produced a light yet warm fabric with interesting surface texture.

The piece itself is extremely wearable with lots of positive ease for layering-up on those spring days that start cool, and warm as the day progresses.

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Knitting Woodwardia in Hamelton No. 1? Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Size 1  - 10 Balls

  • Size 2 - 10 Balls

  • Size 3 - 13 Balls

  • Size 4 - 13 Balls

  • Size 5 - 15 Balls

  • Size 6 - 15 Balls

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Introducing Hamelton No. 1 by BC Garn

Introducing Hamelton No. 1

By BC Garn

Hamelton No. 1 by BC Garn is a lustrous 100% wool yarn with a classic 2-ply construction.

Soft and squishy with a slightly rustic hand-feel, the lustrous fibres of Hamelton No. 1 absorb dye well for a palette of bold saturated hues.

In the knitted fabric the 2-ply construction will impart a slightly textured surface and given time the fibres will halo adding softness to the resulting fabric. Together these elements make this yarn a great choice for chunky lace motives and colourwork details.

We recommend Hamelton No. 1 for knit and crochet pieces intended for outerwear - we’re thinking jumpers, cardigans, vests and hats - making for a wardrobe of versatile pieces the whole family can enjoy.

Colourways Available


FIBRE CONTENT: 100% pure wool
NET WEIGHT: 50g (1.75oz) per ball
APPROX. YARDAGE: 100m (110yd)
CONSTRUCTION: Worsted spun, 2 plies, moderate twist
ORIGIN: Fibre sourced in Argentina, dyed and milled in Italy
CARE: Cold hand wash


Hamelton No. 1 is suitable for a range of knit and crochet projects. We’ve included gauge suggestions for these crafts below. You may also like to check out our project suggestions on RAVELRY.

This yarn is spun with an intended soft and squishy hand-feel. This is achieved by using a short staple fibre and milling with a looser twist, both elements that can contribute to pilling. We recommend working the yarn at the firmer end of the gauge spectrum to help minimise pilling.

This yarn does have a rustic hand-feel. Some may sense a slight pique when worn against the skin, particularly around delicate areas such as the neck. When planning a project, it may be useful to wear a swatch of the intended fabric for a short time to gauge your sensitivity.


The gauge information below can be used as guidance when planning your projects. We always recommend that you swatch to determine a configuration that results in the ideal fabric and hand feel for your project.


18-20 stitches over 10cm, using 4.5 - 5.5mm needles (4.5 – 5.5 stitches per inch, US size 7-9 needles)


11-14 stitches over 10cm, 5.5mm - 6mm hook (2.75-3.5 stitches per inch, US size I–9 to K–10 ½ hook)


BC Garn is a family run business based in Germany. They are known for their selection of natural fibres and extensive colour palettes. They produce a collection of GOTS certified and eco-friendly yarns.




Welcome Loch Lomond Bio by BC Garn

Welcome Loch Lomond Bio

by BC Garn

We’re proud to introduce the latest addition to the Loom & Spindle Yarn + Fibre range - Loch Lomond Bio by BC Garn. A charming 100% wool, tweed style yarn with Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification.

Minimally processed, this woollen spun yarn has lightness and loft making it soft, springy and warm.

Available in a range of delicately heathered shades made possible by ‘dyeing in the wool’, where the wool fibres are dyed prior to spinning, bringing life to the palette.

With its GOTS certification, this yarn meets strict ecological and social criteria to ensure the entire supply chain meets the leading worldwide standard for organic textile production.

All in which make this yarn perfectly suited to a range of rustic and warming handknits and woven pieces that will see you through the coldest days.

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NET WEIGHT - 50g (1.75oz) per skein
APPROX. YARDAGE - 150m (164yd)
CONSTRUCTION - Woollen spun, 2 plies, light twist
FINISH - Water-soluble spinning oil applied during milling
ORIGIN - Milled in Turkey
CARE - Cold hand wash


The gauge information below can be used as guidance when planning your projects. We always recommend that you swatch to determine a configuration that results in the ideal fabric and hand feel for your project.


18 stitches over 10cm, using 4-5mm needles (4 ½ stitches per inch, US size 6-8 needles)


5-6mm hook (US size H-8 to I-9 hook)


32 ends / 10cm (8 epi)
40 ends / 10cm (10 epi)


16 ends / 10cm (4 epi)


Work the piece 10% to 20% larger than the intended size. It’s highly recommended that a test swatch be made applying your intended finishing technique to assess the variables of the fabric.


Loch Lomond Bio is suitable for most fibre crafts, including knitting, crochet, tapestry and weaving for yardage. You’ll find gauge suggestions for various crafts below. For project ideas you may like to check out our suggestions on RAVELRY.


A spinning oil has been applied to the yarn as part of the milling process. The true texture and appearance of the yarn remains hidden until a final wash fluffs and softens the fibres.

To remove the spinning oil (and block or wash your piece), prepare a bath of tepid water and if desired add a few drops of mild detergent or wool wash. Immerse the finished piece and soak for 10 to 15 minutes. Lift the piece from the water and allow to drain. Gently remove excess water by pressing the fabric between layers of a dry towel. Lay flat to dry.


The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the leading textile processing standard for organic fibres. The aim is to define and maintain a internationally recognized requirement to ensure the organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials through to environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing, in order to provide credible assurance to the end consumer.

To learn more about the standard and certification process please visit


BC Garn is a family run business based in Germany. They are known for their selection of natural fibres and range of colour palettes. They produce a collection of GOTS certified yarns.


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