An Aran for Frederick
“A well-looking man,” said Sir Walter, “a very well-looking man.”
“A very fine young man indeed!” said Lady Dalrymple. “More air than one often sees in Bath. Irish, I dare say.”
“No. I just know his name. A bowing acquaintance. Wentworth—Captain Wentworth of the navy.”
—Chapter 20, Persuasion
Though Captain Frederick Wentworth may not be Irish, this handsome captain, who stole Anne Elliot’s heart before the beginning of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, is certainly worthy of his own Aran sweater. This cabled pullover is worked in the round, with a “hybrid” yoke to highlight the Celtic Flourish cable running up the center back and front, flanked by OXO and Superimposed Double Wave cables, and Ensign’s Braids (Ensigns were junior officers in the infantry and navy at the time, which Frederick would have been when he first met Anne) running up the sleeves and along the shoulder saddles. This yoke style makes a flattering pullover for any man. To modernize, body and sleeves begin the cable patterns immediately, and it is finished with a simple rolled neck so as not to distract from this cable tour de force.
Pattern includes charts for all cables.
Errata for the original printing of Jane Austen Knits: It turns out that the chart for the Double Wave on the sleeve has two errors: the current row/round 18 should be eliminated and all subsequent rows/rounds should slide down one. Then the old row/round 32 should be repeated as the new row/round 32. It’s not really noticeable when working the sleeves in the round, but, when swatching, cable crossing rows switch from odd to even and the waves become uneven. This means that rows/rounds 15-17 should be worked plain, as well as rows/rounds 31, 32, and 1. All twists should be on even rows/rounds
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