Monday Project Report – Chip’s Aran Sweater


Woo Hoo!!  Am I on a roll!!

Last week I finished (okay . . finally finished) Elaine’s Imagine Sweater and this week I finished Chip’s Aran Sweater.

So, without further ado, here it is!!

And a slightly sunnier version.

And here is the back.

And here it is showing the detail on the arms.

Here are the details, for the knitters in our group.

The pattern is from Sirdar’s pattern book number 276 titled Arans for Living.  I bought this particular pattern book because it had patterns for aran knit sweaters for boys.  Having now made one for an adult, I don’t think I would go through this much work for a kid who will grow out of it in a year.  Chip will have to be buried in this one I think – or at least have it tucked in with him when he goes.  Anyway, this is Design A (yeah, they are not very imaginative over at Sirdar when it comes to naming patterns) and I used the second smallest size for Chip – and he still has plenty of room in it.  The pattern was written out (not charted) and easy to follow.  It was actually pretty easy to memorize too, once I set my mind to doing that.

The yarn is Tahki’s Sedona in the Kiwi colorway.  It is unfortunately discontinued if any of you love the look of it.  It is 90% wool and 10% silk and as a result has a slightly cottony feel when working with it but, as you can see, it hangs beautifully.  The look is kind of tweedy which really works out with the aran design as you have the visual interest without interference with the cable design.  Vash had wanted a sweater out of this yarn to match Chip’s but we could not get enough yarn to do it.  We used 16 skeins (each skein has 108 yards of worsted weight yarn) to make this sweater.  I have two left so Chip may one day get a hat to match.  The yarn itself is from Argentina.

I got the yarn at The Warm Ewe (Yay Warm Ewe) with Lorraine’s help in determining amounts.  She got it right and told me 16 skeins.  I bought the other two skeins “just in case”.  I don’t always trust myself to knit to gauge.

And the most important part – Chip loves it and when he looks at it he knows his wife loves him – and that is the best part of the whole project.

An update on Elaine’s sweater – she got it on Friday and loved it.  Okay, I knew she would but it was really great to hear it.

Tomorrow is a quick spinning post about Top.  Then we talk black walnut hulls on Wednesday, Hawk Studio on Thursday and I have a Food on Friday blog ready, I just have not yet decided which one we are going to post so you will have to check in then.  Have a great week everyone!

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About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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11 Responses to Monday Project Report – Chip’s Aran Sweater

  1. danielle says:

    IT’S GORGEOUS!!!!! Chip looks great in it too, it matches him perfectly. Fine job, sister, I only hope to make a sweater that beautiful someday.

    • Shelly R. says:

      Sis, you could do this in your sleep – really you could. My shawl was a thousand times more intricate that this sweater. I love this one because it was a great mix of yarn with pattern with recipient. I am really happy with the final product.

  2. Chip Rosien says:

    How cool is that sweater , it is the best!

  3. Oh my…that’s beautiful!! What great work you did! Color’s great, but the detailed work is what takes my breath away.

    • Shelly R. says:

      Thank you. That is the beauty of cable knits – they look so much more intricate than they are. It was really an easy pattern once I got the hang of the center cable pattern. It just takes time – which is why it was piecemealed over the past year before I finished it – 12 days shy of when I started it last year. Lost at least 2 cable needles in the process too – one to the 12 year old beagle who I found holding it up between her front paws as she chewed the end. Sigh. Next is a baseball jersey style sweater I am making for my son – he wants basic so it is all stockinette. Front and back are done – I am doing the sleeves now.

  4. Barbara Antonelli says:

    Wow!!!! I thought it was plain, must be Chris’s I’m thinking about. It came out beautiful! I always loved doing cables,( that’s why I made 4 cable knit afghans, they’re never boring. Chip looks like a model in it…..hmmm, where can we send him wearing that, he’ll be a hit where ever he goes!

  5. Becky Eighmie says:

    Shelly, that is lovely! It is a perfect match for Chip! I love how you put so much thought into the perfect pattern for that special individual. You are unique!!

  6. pentalia says:

    Absolutely stunning… I am so impressed!!!

    • Shelly R. says:

      Thank you. I have been sending friends to look at your recipes – I know at least one was there because she told me about some she was going to try. Oh, and I love your lap-ghan! I’m such a fan of aghans because I am ALWAYS cold – need more vitamin E and my elliptical I suspect. 😉

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