Progress: Short Raglan Sweater

I thought I’d do an update on my progress on the Short Raglan Sweater by Rowan, which I have been knitting. Pictured above is the original image from Rowan Book Eight. Apart from the knots at the bottom which were quite tricky to get right it is a really straight forward pattern. I didn’t really like using the chart for the first side I knitted, the back, I thought I much preferred written instructions but once I got onto the front and had to repeat it all again I found I was much better at reading the chart (so I guess I learnt something!) The yarn I choose, Drops Alaska by Garn Studio looks great, it’s quite coarse but I think it really lends it’s self to the stitch pattern. If I’d chosen a slinkier yarn I don’t think the cables would have ‘popped’ out of the fabric so much and the knots might have sagged.  I’ve posted some photos of my project below – hopefully I’ll have a bit more time to knit next week and have it finished soon!

Remaining Yarn for front and sleeves.

In progress on circular needles

Back of the sweater with knots and zig zag pattern.

Needs smoothing out but looking good!

The Vintage Aran Dress

Sirdar, 1967

I have been stock-piling vintage knitting patterns, my battered leather binder is filled to the seams with designs from the 1940s through to the early 90s. In amongst the batwing jumpers and lacy twinsets is a selection of cute cable knitted dress patterns from the 60s and 70s. If I ever accumulate enough wool (thirty-six 50g skeins to be precise) I will knit one and risk looking like the Michelin man!

 This version is a from an issue of Mon Tricot magazine from 1973, I love the relaxed fit and matching socks!
This pattern from Emu is not technically a dress but look at that cabled skirt!

Below I have pasted some images of other Aran dresses I have found on the internet, whis is your favourite?

Double Plaited Cable Turban

You can purchase my knitting pattern to make this wonderful textured cable turban from my craftsy store, it’s also available to buy from etsy too.

A chic turban style headband that is great for beginners who want to explore Aran knitting and discover just how simple it really is. Great for keeping your head and ears warm in the cold, whilst skiing or cycling in the city. So quick and low cost to make, it’s the perfect gift for female friends and relatives.

Cast On: Short Raglan Sweater

plait

Today I have cast on the Short Raglan Sweater by Amand Griffiths from Rowan Book Eight. I decided to use Drops Alaska in Mustard as it is on special offer at the moment, £1.20 per ball, not bad for a 100% pure wool yarn. Although in hindsight I wish I’d waited and bought a more luxurious “drapey” yarn or a heavy cotton / linen blend to make it more wearable in summer. I might knit two though, as the Mustard shade I’ve picked might not be the easiest to co-ordinate!