The Adult Aran sweater is a simplified aran. Many arans are confusing to knit because the pattern sts all happen on different rows and it’s challenging to keep track of them. The pattern stitches in this sweater fall on the same rows so it is easy to follow.
The sweater is knit with worsted wt yarn and it is knit in pieces and then sewn together.
Keep in mind that cables tend to pull in while the seed st is more flat. Don’t worry, the cables with “relax” after wearing or you can always wash your sweater by hand and lay it flat to dry. I suggest not blocking because you could easily over block and flatten out the cables.
Don’t be intimidated by this sweater, if you have never knit an Aran sweater before this is a great one to start with. Also, don’t read too far ahead when following your instructions or you can get all confused….just read a row ahead. The first Aran sweater that I ever knit was when I was 19 and living in Maine for the summer without my mother nearby….. I was panicked that I couldn’t knit it if I didn’t have her there to help me out. I just went slow, kept track of my rows and it turned out great…although the sleeves where too long (at 19 who knew you had to measure your arms and adjust the sleeve length…lesson learned)
Happy Aran Knitting!
Chest - 34 (36-38-40-42-44-46-48-50)” finished garment
Gauge…. make your gauge in seed st
4 1/2 sts + 1” over seed stitch
Heavy-worsted/Aran weight yarn
1300 (1400-1500-1600-1700-1800-1900-2000-2100) yards
Straight needles #4 & #7 OR size needed to get gauge
16” circular needle #5 (pullover neck)
2 stitch holders (pullover) & 3 stitch holders (cardigan)
1 cable needle (CN)
8 stitch markers
7(7-7-7-7-7-8-8-8) buttons (cardigan)
* 7 (7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8) buttons