Branching Aran Guernsey by Norah Gaughan
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Branching Aran Guernsey

DK / Sport ?
29 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in cable pattern, using larger needles; 28 stitches = 4" in ribbing on smaller needles
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1960 - 2695 yards (1792 - 2464 m)
Petite (Small, Medium, Large, X-Large)
Errata available:


“Mathematicians have found that they can approximate the branching pattern of a tree by repeating a “simple” set of rules over and over. They call this an algorithm. In word form, the basic algorithm for the columns of branching cables on this pullover is as follows: every time a line splits into two branches, one continues on the same path as the original line and the second veers off at about a 30 degree angle…

I purposefully incorporated some traditional elements of the British guernsey into this design - the drop-shoulder shaping and the simple ladder pattern between the columns of cables - and like (sic) the way they play against the naturalistic, very modern, branching cables.“

p.122, Fractals, Knitting Nature by Norah Gaughan


  • Available Sizes: P, S, M, L, XL; Corresponds to Chest Finished Measurement: 40, 44, 48, 52 (yes, there are five sizes but only 4 measurements listed…)
  • Needles: Straight US2s, Straight US 4s, 16” circular US2
  • Notions: none listed
  • Gauge: 27s x 34r = 4” (10 cm) over ribbing portion of chart, using larger needles; 29s x 34r = 4” (10 cm) over cable portion of chart, using larger needles; 28s = 4” in 1x1 rib, using smaller needles