After taking several trips with Barrison Bear last year, I’m really excited to finally be knitting a Barrison of my own! To start, I should mention that I’m using Berroco Marmot instead of Berroco Nanuk, which was recently discontinued.
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I was able to get a very similar gauge (12 stitches by 20 rows) using Marmot on size 9 needles. I’m adjust the pattern in few places as I go along to get the right height. So far, I’ve added two rows of stockinette each to the legs, the body and the arms.
If you haven’t already noticed, Barrison is knit flat all the way around. This means that whatever I alter on one side, I’ll have to remember and do the same on the other. I’ve added notes to the directions below.
One other part to pay attention to…when you’re joining the legs, I found it easiest to keep the first leg on my needles as I knit the second leg. To do this, you’ll have to cast on the second leg on your opposite needle so that both legs will be on the wrong side (purl side) of your fabric when you join them.
That’s it for now, but I’ll be updating my progress with new tips and pictures in the Berroco Lovers forum on Ravelry. I hope you’ll join our Barrison Bear Knit-Along!