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Aran Sweater Pattern

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 Skill level: Intermediate

(Pattern Translated for the beginner)

SIZE: Directions for sweater sizes:

Small (41) (Medium (45), Large (49), X-Large (53)).

Finished bust/chest measurements: 41 (45, 49, 53)".

MATERIALS
 Use (8 oz. skeins): quantity needed is, 5 (sweater size small) (5 (sweater size medium), 6 (sweater size large), 6 (sweater size X-large)) skeins.

• One pair each of:

Straight knitting needles in sizes 6 U.S. (4.25 mm) and

 8 U.S. (6 U.K.) (5.00 mm)

OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE.
• Use circular needles that are 29" long in a size 6.
• Cable needle.
• Stitch holders. (Looks like a large safety pin)
• 6 buttons, 3/4" diameter.

GAUGE (means if you knit a certain amount of stitches they should measure a certain length when done)
 For this pattern, when you knit 25 stitches and 26 rows it will measure 4" in the fisherman pattern with size 8 needles.

TO INSURE PROPER SIZE, BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. If your gauge is wrong the sweater will not be the size you were trying to knit it to be. If your stitches look wrong at any point, carefully undo the stitches and re-knit them. Otherwise your sweater size will be wrong, or the completed pattern will look odd.

STITCH EXPLANATIONS

ssk = slip, slip, knit: Slip 2 stitches, pick up the 2 slip stitches with left-hand needle, insert needle through back loop of both stitches and work them off together (= 1 decrease).

T-2 = Twist 2: Right side: Skip first stitch, knit second stitch through front loop without allowing the worked stitch to slip off needle, knit skipped stitch, let both stitches slip off needle at the same time.

On Wrong Side: Purl 2.

 

 

C-6 = Cable 6:

Row 1 (Right Side): Knit 6 stitches

Row 2: Purl 6 stitches

Row 3: Slip first 3 stitches onto cable needle, hold in front,

Knit 3,

Knit 3 from cable needle.

Row 4: Purl 6 stitches

Rows 5: Knit 6 stitches

Row 6: Purl 6 stitches

Row 7: Knit 6 stitches

Row 8: Purl 6.

Repeat Rows 1-8 for C-6.

 

 

 

C-12 = Cable 12:

Row 1 (Right Side): Knit 12 stitches

Row 2: Purl 12 stitches

Row 3: Slip 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold in back,

Knit 3,

Knit 3 from cable needle;

Slip next 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold in front,

Knit 3,

Knit 3 from cable needle.

Row 4: Purl 12 stitches

Row 5: Knit 12 stitches

Row 6: Purl 12 stitches

Row 7: Knit 12 stitches

Row 8: Purl 12 stitches

Row 9: Slip 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold in back,

Knit 3stitches,

Knit 3 stitches from cable needle;

Slip next 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold in front,

Knit 3 stitches

Knit 3 stitches from cable needle.

Row 10: Purl 12 stitches

Row 11: Knit 12 stitches

Row 12: Purl 12 stitches

Row 13: Knit 12 stitches

Row 14: Purl 12 stitches

Rows 15: Slip 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold in front,

Knit 3 stitches

Knit 3 stitches from cable needle

Slip 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold in back,

Knit 3 stitches

Knit 3 stitches from cable needle.

Row 16: Purl 12 Stitches

Row 17: Knit 12 stitches

Row 18: Purl 12 stitches

Row 19: Knit 12 stitches

Row 20: Purl 12 stitches

Row 21: Slip 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold in front,

Knit 3 stitches

Knit 3 stitches from cable needle

Slip 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold in back,

Knit 3 stitches,

Knit 3 stitches from cable needle.

Row 22: Purl 12 stitches

Row 23: Knit 12 stitches

Row 24: Purl 12.

Repeat Rows 1-24 for C-12.

 

 

Pattern Starts Here

BACK

With straight knitting needles size 8, cast on:

(Size small) 134, (size medium) 142, (Size large) 150, (size x-large) 158 stitches. 

Row 1 (Wrong Side):

 Knit 1,

*Purl 2,

 Knit 2;

Repeat from * across,

To End knit 1. 

Row 2:

 Knit 1,

*Purl 2,

 Knit 2;

Repeat from * across,

To end knit 1.

Repeat Rows 1 & 2, 4 more times.

Repeat Row 1 once more.

 

 

 

Established Fisherman Pattern: Row 1 (Right Side): Knit 1, (purl 2, T-2) 1 (2, 3, 4) times, purl 3, *T-2, purl 3, C-12, purl 3, T-2, purl 2, T-2, purl 3, T-2, p 1, C-6, p 1, T-2, p 3, T-2, p 2*, rep from * to * once more, T-2, p 3, C-12, p 3, T-2, p 3, (T-2, p 2) 1 (2, 3, 4) times, k 1. Continue in established pattern until piece measures 6" from beg. Decrease 1 stitch at each side inside first and last stitches, then every 10 rows 3 (7, 9, 11) times more -- 126 (126, 130, 134) stitches. Continue even in established pattern until piece measures 18 (18, 18, 19)" from beginning. 

Shape armholes: Maintaining pattern, bind off 6 stitches at beginning of next 2 rows -- 114 (114, 118, 122) stitches. Continue even one stitch pattern until armholes measures 8 1/2 (9, 9 1/2, 10)". 

Shape shoulders: Maintaining pat, bind off first 39 (39, 40, 41) stitches, place next 36 (36, 38, 40) stitches onto a holder, Bind off remaining 39 (39, 40, 41) stitches.

RIGHT FRONT

With straight size 8 needles, cast on 71 (75, 79, 83) stitches. 
Row 1 (WS): P 2, *k 2, p 2; rep from * across, end k 1. 
Row 2: K 1, *k 2, p 2; rep from * across, end k 2. Rep Rows 1 & 2, 4 more times.

Established Fisherman Pattern: Row 1 (RS): K 1, p 2, *T-2, p 1, C-6, p 1, T-2*, **p 3, T-2, p 2, T-2, p 3**, C-12, rep from ** to ** once, rep from * to * once, p 3, (T-2, p 2) 1 (2, 3, 4) times, k 1. Continue in established pattern until piece measures 6" from beginning. Decrease 1 stitch inside last stitch on a RS row, then rep decrease every 10 rows (always on a RS row) 3 (7, 9, 11) times more -- 67 (67, 69, 71) stitches. Continue even in established pattern until piece measures 17 (17, 17, 18)" from beginning. 

Shape Front edge: Maintaining pat, decrease 1 stitch on left side of C-12 on next RS row, then every RS row 21 (21, 22, 23) times more; AT THE SAME TIME, when piece measures the same as Back to armhole, Bind off 6 stitches at armhole edge once. Work even in established pattern on remaining 39 (39, 40, 41) stitches until piece measures same as back to shoulder. Bind off remaining stitches.

LEFT FRONT

Work to correspond to Right Front, reverse shaping and pattern.

SLEEVES

With straight size 6 needles, cast on 64 stitches. 
Row 1 (WS): K 1, purl 2, *knit 2, p 2; repeat from * across, end knit 1.
Row 2: Knit 1, *knit 2, purl 2; repeat from * across, end k 3. Rep Rows 1 & 2, 7 times more, then repeat Row 1 once more. Change to straight knitting needles size 8.

Establish Fisherman Pattern: Row 1 (RS): P 2, *T-2, p 1, C-6, p 1, T-2*, p 3, T-2, p 2, T-2, p 3, C-12, p 3, T-2, p 2, T-2, p 3; rep from * to * once, p 2. Cont in establish pattern for 6 rows, then inc 1 stitch inside first and last stitches on next row, then every 6 rows 7 (7, 9, 11) times more, then every 4 rows 8 times working inc stitches into (p 3, T-2, p 2, T-2) pat -- 96 (96, 100, 104) stitches. Continue even in established pattern until Sleeve measures 16 (16, 17, 17) inches from beginning. 

Shape cap: Maintaining pattern, Bind off 5 stitches at beginning of next 2 rows. Decreases 1 stitch at each edge inside first and last stitches every other row 15 (15, 17, 19) times -- 56 stitches remaining. 

Next row: Knit 1, k3tog twice, cont pat to last 7 stitches, sl1-k2tog-psso, k3tog, knit 1. 

Next row: Knit 1, ssk, p 1, T-2, p2tog, cont pat to last 8 stitches, p2tog, T-2, p 1, k2tog, p 1. 

Next row: P 1, p2tog, (T-2, p2tog) twice, T-2, p 3, cont pat to last 13 stitches, (T-2, p2tog) twice, T-2, p2tog, p 1. BO, working each set of T-2 as k2tog and decrease 4 stitches over C-12 panel while binding off. Note: Total length, 23 (23, 24, 24)".

FINISHING

Sew shoulder and side seams. Set in Sleeves. Sew Sleeve seams.

Front Band: With Right Side facing you, using circular needle that are a size 6, join yarn at the Right Front lower corner, pick up 1 stitch in every row along Right Front opening edge to shoulder, knit stitches from Back neck holder, then pick up 1 stitch in every row along Left Front opening edge.  To Work in, knit 2; purl 2 rib for 3 rows, ending with a Wrong Side row. Place a marker for 6 buttonholes evenly spaced along Right Front band, with the first one 1" above the lower edge and the last one 17 (17, 17, 18)" above lower edge. 

Buttonhole row (RS): *Work in establish rib to next marker ending with knit 2, (purl 1, knit 2 together, yarn over twice, ssk, p 1 = buttonhole)*; repeat from * to * across all markers, continue in establish rib to end of row. 

Next row: Work in established rib working purl 2 in each (yarn over twice). Continue in established ribbing for 2 rows more. Bind off in ribbing. Sew on buttons to correspond to buttonholes.

 

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