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Marilyn: an Aran Cardigan

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This standard length, loose fitting Aran Cardigan is worked from the bottom edge to the underarm in one piece. The body is split at the armholes, and the upper fronts and back are worked back and forth separately. Button bands are knitted as part of the garment. The sleeves are knitted from the cuff to the armhole. Saddle shoulders join the front and back. The neckline ribbing is then picked up and knit. Use a heavy worsted or Aran weight yarn for the best result. There are photos and technique boxes to explain Cable Splay and Bound Off Braid. The pattern include many charts, an extensive key, a schematic, a list of abbreviations. The photos above are courtesy of Gale Zucker. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Read charts Work complex cables Work flat and in the round GAUGE Over Stockinette Stitch (after blocking), 20 sts and 28 rows / 4 inches (10 cm). SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS From Buttonhole band to Button band Circumference: 40 (44, 48, 52)". Length: 221/2 (221/2, 231/2, 231/2)" SUGGESTED YARN 220 yards of Chunky weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Black Water Abbey Yarn COLORWAY Any color

Recommended with this pattern

  • Needles: Size US 7 (4.5 mm) in 16" and 32" circ ndls, dpn, and US size 6 in 16" circ or straight ndls.
  • Yarn: Worsted or Aran weight yarn: 1460 (1540, 1700, 1865) yards
  • Notions: stitch markers, stitch holders, tapestry needle, sticky notes for charts, five 3/4" buttons

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Beth Brown-Reinsel is an author and internationally known teacher of the historic knitting techniques of 19th century Northern Europe. Her love of these traditions comes through on her website which offers her knitting books, DVDs, schedule of workshops in North America and Europe, blog and eNewsletter signup: