Aran Pullover by Kristin Nicholas
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Aran Pullover

December 2005
Aran (8 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in seed stitch using larger needles
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1040 - 1456 yards (951 - 1331 m)
36Β½ (38Β½, 43, 47Β½, 51Β½)" (92.5 [98, 109, 120.5, 131] cm) bust circumference
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Pattern Description from Interweave Knits, Winter 2005: “When the winter winds blow, this is the kind of tweedy sweater that Kristin Nicholas pulls on to stay comfortable in her seventeenth century New England farmhouse. Cables travel from the rib less hem to form interlocking diamonds on a seed-stitch background. The sleeves are worked without cables in a simple seed-stitch, and the sweater ends in a high ribbed collar. A soft, flecked yarn makes the pullover a supple version of the traditional bulky Aran.”

Finished Sizes: 36Β½ (38Β½, 43, 47Β½, 51Β½)” (92.5 98, 109, 120.5, 131 cm) bust circumference.

Yarn: Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed (80% wool, 15% silk, 5% cashmere; 104 yd 95 m/50 g): #126 highland, 10 (11, 12, 13, 14) skeins.


  • Body and sleeves - size 8 (5 mm): straight.
  • Neckband - size 6 (4 mm): 16” (40-cm) circular (cir).
  • Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Tapestry needle; cable needle (cn); marker (m); removable markers or saftey pins.

Additional Gauge: 19sts = 4” (10 cm) wide in cable patt from chart using larger needles.


  • The planned cuff-to-cuff “wingspan” for this garment is about 52ΒΎ (53ΒΌ, 54Β½, 55ΒΎ, 57ΒΎ)” (134 135, 138.5, 141.5, 146.5 cm). Because the larger sizes have increasingly wider bodies, they have shorter sleeves to produce the proper wingspan.
  • In order for the seed stitches on either side of the cable panel to merge properly with the cable chart, the seed stitch next to the charted cable section should begin with a knit stitch on both right- and wrong-side rows.