Designing an Aran Sweater – part 2

Choosing the Aran Stitch Patterns

The design below contains:

  • central panel in a lattice-cable type pattern surrounded by reverse plain-knit,
  • side panels: cable and zig-zag panels with bobbles positioned symmetrical to each side of the central panel
  • textured stitch: moss stitch.

The cable panel on the right hand side is crossing to the right, while the one on the left hand side is crossing to the left. In a similar way, the zig-zag panels are mirrored to each other. The Aran sweater has a 2×2 ribbed edging on the front & back borders, sleeves cuffs and neckband.

Traditional Aran Jumper

Positioning the Stitch Patterns

  1. Knit a gauge swatch in your chosen yarn and your chosen background stitch; pin it and make a note of the gauge: i.e. number of rows and wales in a 10x10cm swatch
  2. knit a sample of each type of panel, pin and measure it
  3. take a sheet of paper and draw a horizontal line that would represent the width of the garment; arrange the panels along this line and calculate the number of stitches required
  4. add the width of the panels used and take it away from the total width of the garment; then calculate the number of spacing and background stitches required
  5. knit a sample of the rib pattern using a needle a size or two smaller; pin it and measure; calculate the number of stitches required to cast on for a snug fit; make the difference between the number of stitches required for the main piece and the number of stitches required for the rib; this difference represents the number of stitches required to be increased right after the rib.

In part 3 will choose the yarn and knit the gauge swatch and the sample panels. Then, we'll calculate the number of stitches required and get ready for the actual knitting of the garment.

Part 3 coming soon…

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Irish based knitwear designer
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