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Home : Patterns : Knitted Aran Sweater
 

Free Knitting Pattern: Knitted Aran Sweater

Lion Brand® Fishermen's Wool®
Pattern #: 1101AD

The Aran sweater with its richly decorative patterns had its beginnings on three tiny islands off the western coast of Ireland. Today, this style of knitting is prized the world over. In our own version, the 100% Fishermen's Wool shows off the braided cables and textured stitches perfectly.

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SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate (Level 3)

SIZE: Small, Medium, Large, 1X

Finished Chest: 40 (44, 48, 52)".
Length: 24 ½ (25, 25, 25 ½)".


Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

CORRECTIONS: None
 
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Fishermen's Wool®

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Fishermen's Wool®
Natural Oatmeal Brown Heather Nature's Brown Oak Tweed Maple Tweed Birch Tweed
*Fishermen's Wool® (Article #150). 100% Pure Virgin Wool
202: 78% Pure Virgin Wool,13% Acrylic,9% Rayon; package size: 8 oz (227 g), 465 yards (425 m)
202: 6 oz (170 g), 348 yards (318 m)

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QUANTITY PRICE ALT QTY  
•  150-098 Fishermen's Wool Yarn: Natural
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$ 38.97 (3, 4, 4) 
Lion Brand Knitting Needles - Size 7 [4.5 mm]   $ 3.60  
Lion Brand Knitting Needles- Size 8 [5 mm]   $ 3.60  
Lion Brand Split Ring Stitch Markers   $ 2.49  
Lion Brand Stitch Holders   $ 5.99  
Lion Brand Cable Needles (Set of 2)   $ 0.00  
 

Knitted Aran Sweater

Lion Brand® Fishermen's Wool®

GAUGE:

18 sts and 24 rows = 4" with larger needles over Double Seed St (see stitch glossary).

When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch

NOTES:

Be sure to work inc and dec sts into pats as previously est. If after dec there are too few sts to work a cable pat, work sts as they lie.


Double Seed Stitch (even number of sts) Row 1 (RS): *K1, p1; rep from* to end.
Rows 2 and 4: K the knit sts and p the purl sts.
Row 3: *P1, k1; rep from * to end. Rep Rows 1 – 4 for Double Seed St.

Small Cable A (over 2 sts): Row 1: Sl 1 to cn and hold to front of work, k1, then k1 from cn.
Row 2: Purl. Rep Rows 1 and 2 for Small Cable A.

Small Cable B (over 2 sts): Row 1: Sl 1 to cn and hold to back of work, k1, then k1 from cn.
Row 2:Purl. Rep Rows 1 and 2 for Small Cable B.

Cable C (over 6 sts): Row 1:Sl 2 to cn and hold to front of work, k2, then k2 from cn, k2
Rows 2 and 4: Purl.
Row 3 : K2, sl 2 to cn and hold to back of work, k2, then k2 from cn. Rep Rows 1 – 4 for
Cable C.


Panel A (over 16 sts): Row 1 (RS): P3, [sl1 st to cn and hold to back of work, k1, then k1
from cn, p2] 3 times, p1.
Row 2 and all WS rows: K the knit sts and p the purl sts.
Row 3: P2, [sl 1 to cn and hold to back of work, k1, then p1 from cn, sl 1 to cn and hold to front of work, p1, then k1 from cn] 3 times, p2.
Row 5: P2, k1, [p2, sl 1 to cn and hold to front of work, k1, then k1 from cn] 2 times, p2, k1, p2.
Row 7: P2, [sl 1 to cn and hold to front of work, p1, then k1 from cn, sl 1 to cn and
hold to back of work, k1, then p1 from cn] 3 times, p2.
Row 8: K the knit sts and p the purl sts. Rep Rows 1 – 8 for Panel A.


Panel B (over 28 sts): Row 1 (RS): P4, [sl 2 to cn and hold to back of work, k2, then k2 from cn, p4] 3 times.
Row 2 and all WS rows: K the knit sts and p the purl sts.
Row 3: P3, sl 1 to cn and hold to back of work, k2, then p1 from cn, [sl 2 to cn and hold to front of work, p2, then k2 from cn, sl 2 to cn and hold to back of work, k2, then p2 from cn] 2 times, sl 2 to cn and hold front of work, p1, then k2 from cn, p3.
Row 5: P2, sl 1 to cn and hold to back of work, k2, then p1 from cn, p3, sl 2 to cn and hold to front of work, k2, then k2 from cn, p4, sl 2 to cn and hold to front of work, k2, then k2 from cn, p3, sl 2 to cn and hold to front of work, p1, then k2 from cn, p2.
Row 7: P2, k2, p2, [sl 2 to cn and hold to back of work, k2, then p2 from cn, sl 2 to cn and hold to front of work, p2, then k2 from cn] 2 times, p2, k2, p2.
Row 9: [P2, k2] 2 times, p4, sl 2 to cn and hold to back of work, k2, then k2 from cn, p4, [k2, p2] 2 times.
Row 11: P2, k2, p2, [sl 2 to cn and hold to front of work, p2, then k2 from cn, sl 2 to cn and hold to back of work, k2, then p2 from cn] 2 times, p2, k2, p2.
Row 13: P2, sl 2 to cn and hold to front of work, p1, then k2 from cn, p3, sl 2 to cn and hold to front of work, k2, then k2 from cn, p4, sl 2 sts to cn and hold to front of work, k2, then k2 from cn, p3, sl 1 to cn and hold to back of work, k2, then p1 from cn, p2.
Row 15: P3, sl 2 to cn and hold to front of work, p1, then k2 from cn, [sl 2 to cn and hold to back of work, k2, then p2 from cn, sl 2 to cn and hold to front of work, p2, then k2 from cn] 2 times, sl 1 to cn and hold to back of work, k2, then p1 from cn, p3.
Row 16: K the knit sts and p the purl sts. Rep Rows 1 – 16 for Panel B.


BACK

With smaller needles, cast on 98 (106, 114, 122) sts. Work in k2, p2 rib for 3", inc 22 sts evenly across last row and end with a WS row – 120 (128, 136, 144) sts.
Next row (RS): Change to larger needles and set up pats as foll: 1 selvage st, [k1, p1] 2 (4, 6, 8) times, k1, p2, k6, p2, k1, p3, [k2, p2] 2 times, k2, p3, k1, p2, k6, p2, k2, [p4, k4] 3 times, p4, k2, p2, k6, p2, k1, p3, [k2, p2] 2 times, k2, p3, k1, p2, k6, p2, k1, [p1, k1] 2 (4, 6, 8) times, 1 selvage st.
Next row and all foll WS rows: K the knit sts and p the purl sts.
Next row (RS): Est pats as foll: 1 selvage st, 4 (8, 12, 16) sts in Double Seed St, k1, p2, 6 sts in Cable C, p2, k1, 16 sts in Panel A, k1, p2, 6 sts in Cable C, p2, 2 sts in Small Cable B, 28 sts in in Panel B, 2 sts in Small Cable A, p2, 6 sts on Cable C, p2, k1, 16 sts in Panel A, k1, p2, 6 sts in Cable C, p2, k1, 4 (8, 12, 16) sts in Double Seed St, 1 selvage st. Work in pats as est until piece measures 20 1/2 (21, 21, 211/2)" above rib, end with a WS row.
Neck Shaping: Next row (RS): Cont to work in pats as est (see note), work first 39 (41, 43, 45) sts, place center 42 (46, 50, 54) sts on holder, join 2nd skein of yarn and work to end. Working both sides at same time, dec 1 st from each neck edge every other row 3 times. Bind off 36 (38, 40, 42) sts each shoulder.


FRONT

Work as for back until piece measures 181/2 (19, 19, 191/2)" above rib, end with a WS row.
Shape Neck: Next row (RS): Cont to work in pats as est (see note), work first 43 (45, 47, 49) sts, place center 34 (38, 42, 46) sts on holder, join 2nd skein of yarn and work to end. Working both sides at same time, dec 1 st from each neck edge every other row 7 times –36 (38, 40, 42) sts each shoulder. Cont to work even in pats until piece measures same length as back. Bind off all sts.



SLEEVES

With smaller needles, cast on 46 (50, 54, 58) sts and work in k2, p2 rib for 2", end with a WS row.
Next row (RS): Change to larger needles and set up pats as foll: 1 selvage st, [k1, p1] 1 (2, 3, 4) time(s), k1, p2, k6, p2, k1, p3, [k2, p2] 2 times, k2, p3, k1, p2, k6, p2, k1, [p1, k1], 1 (2, 3, 4) time(s), 1 selvage st.
Next row and all foll WS rows: K the knit sts and p the purl sts.
Next row (RS): Est pats as foll: 1 selvage st, 2 (4, 6, 8) sts in Double Seed St, k1, p2, 6 sts in Cable C, p2, k1, 16 sts in Panel A, k1, p2, 6 sts in Cable C, p2, k1, 2 (4, 6, 8) sts in Double Seed St, 1 selvage st. Work in pats as est, inc 1 st each side (inside selvage sts) every 3rd row 8 times, then every 4th row 15 times, working new sts into Double Seed St pat as est – 92 (96, 100, 104) sts. Work even until sleeve measures 17 (17, 17, 16)" above rib. Bind off all sts.

 

FINISHING

Block all pieces. Sew shoulder seams. With RS facing, circular needle, and starting at right back neck, pick up and k 3 sts, work across 42 (46, 50, 54) sts from back neck holder, 3 sts from left back neck, 7 sts around left front neck, work across 34 (38, 42, 46) sts from front neck holder, 7 sts around right front neck – 96 (104, 112, 120) sts. Place marker to mark beg of rnd.
Rnd 1: Working in k2, p2 rib, dec 10 sts along center back and center front sts, total of 20 sts decreased – 76 (84, 92, 100) sts. Cont to work in rnds of k2, p2 rib for 2". Bind off sts loosely in rib. Place markers on front and back 9 (9 1/2, 93/4, 101/4)" down from shoulder seams.Set in sleeves between markers. Sew side and sleeve seams.


 
ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
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beg = begin(s)(ning) cont = continu(e)(s)(ing)
dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing) est = establish(ed)
foll = follow(s)(ing) inc = increas(e)(s)(ing)
k = knit p = purl
pat = pattern rep = repeat(s)(ing)
rnd(s) = round(s) RS = right side
sl = slip st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side  


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Pattern Average Rating: *****5.0 (based on 4 reviews)
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Knitted Aran Sweater Reviewed by Linda Greffenius on 2013-02-01 *****
I loved this pattern, and so did my husband, so I made it for him. This was the first sweater I ever knitted, so I was very pleased to find the instructions easy to follow. Per my husband's request, I changed the neck to a mini-turtleneck, and added extra length in the sleeves for his *long* arms. He loved it! The only problem with the sweater is that it is so very warm that he doesn't wear it very often. I need to make one for me!


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