Ardagh Sweater by Alice Starmore
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Ardagh Sweater

July 1994
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
29 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches
in chart pattern, using 3.25mm (US3) needles
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
To fit chest/bust 81-86 (91-102, 107-117) cm/32-34 (36-40, 42-46)"

Pattern description from The Celtic Collection: “The Ardagh Chalice is an astonishingly fine piece of Celtic art from the first millennium A.D. that is now in the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin. I was intrigued by the ornamental fretwork patterns on the glass studs which decorate it, and used them as the basis of this design. The diamond-shaped grid on this sweater is coloured with a mixture of soft and striking blues that resembles a work of art in stained glass.”

Knitted Measurements:

  • To fit chest/bust 81-86 (91-102, 107-117) cm/32-34 (36-40, 42-46)”
  • Underarm 106 (116,127) cm/41Β½ (45Β½, 50)”
  • Length from top of shoulder 61 (64, 68) cm/24 (25ΒΌ, 26ΒΎ)”
  • Sleeve seam 46 (48, 49) cm/18 (18ΒΎ, 19ΒΌ)”


  • Yarn: Rowan Donegal Lambswool Tweed; Fine Cotton Chenille; Silkstones
  • A. Sapphire Donegal Tweed (486) 200 (225, 250)g; B. Blue Mist Silkstones (832) 75g; C. Mole Fine Chenille (380) 100g; D. Privet Fine Chenille (394) 50g; E. Dragonfly Silkstones (823) 75g; F. Marble Silkstones (833) 75g; G. Eau de Nil silkstones (835) 75g; H. Turquoise Fine Chenille (383) 100g; I. Maple Fine Chenille (396) 50g
  • 1 pair each 2ΒΎ (US2) and 3ΒΌmm (US3) needles
  • 1 set of double-pointed or 40cm (16in) circular 2ΒΎ (US2) needles
  • 2 stitch holders
  • Stitch markers
  • Darning needle