Knitting for the Winter: St. Patrick, Tweedy Aran Cardigan

At the beginning of summer I frogged 5 sweaters, because there are always new knitting adventures to be had with old yarn:

St. Patrick, designed by Lisa Lloyd, from "A Fine Fleece: Knitting with Handspun Yarn"
St. Patrick, designed by Lisa Lloyd, from "A Fine Fleece: Knitting with Handspun Yarn"

Pattern: St. Patrick, from A Fine Fleece: Knitting with Handspun Yarn, by Lisa Lloyd.  This is a beautiful, harmoniously-balanced Aran sweater, with hints of Alice Starmore without her insane gauge.  I wish I had designed it.

Modifications: I think I may have knitted the pattern more-or-less as written, although now that I look at it, I changed the ribbon cable slightly in the front.

Yarn: My favorite, Beaverslide Yarn worsted weight.  This yarn has held up remarkably well through its three previous incarnations.  Though it is a bit felted now, the cable work still stands out in gorgeous detail.

Size: Properly slightly-oversized.

Tweedy Aran Cardigan, designed by Norah Gaughan

Tweedy Aran Cardigan, designed by Norah Gaughan
Tweedy Aran Cardigan, designed by Norah Gaughan

Pattern: Tweedy Aran Cardigan, designed by Norah Gaughan, originally published in “Interweave Knits” Winter 01/02.

Modifications:  Made the body longer with more shaping through the waist, made the collar wider, and picked-up and knitted the set-in sleeves from the top down using short rows.  I knit pretty much all my sleeves this way now — it makes for a neater finish.  No button at the very bottom (although there is in fact a buttonhole), mainly because I only had 5 buttons, but I like the look of it without the bottom button.

Yarn: Rowan Yorkshire Tweed DK — first experience with this yarn, and it is a delight.  And I can actually wear it next to the skin!

Size:  Gently fitted — I’m sure I tweaked something to accommodate the lighter-weight yarn I used.

Buttons:  Vintage glass buttons — it’s not very obvious in the pictures, but the buttons are all different.

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