Fylingdales by Lisa Lloyd


April 2008
Aran (8 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch using larger needles
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1400 - 2000 yards (1280 - 1829 m)
Chest: 42 (45, 48, 51)"
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Pattern Description from Lisa Lloyd Designs: “This “reproduction” of the Robin Hood’s Bay Gansey design knits up quickly in aran weight yarn (heavy worsted). The drop shoulder cardigan can be knit with a collar or a plain neckband. Both the cardigan and the pullover will make great, casual sweaters that will always be in style.“

Pattern Description from A Fine Fleece: “The Fylingdales cardigan is a more literal take on traditional gansey knitting. Based on the Robin Hood’s Bay historic gansey pattern, this cardigan is another go-anywhere piece of clothing that will never go out of style. For the handspun version I chose a very old English sheep breed to lend a cozy contrast with the Irish wool of the Black Water Abbey version. While I can’t take credit for the wonderful juxtaposition of the rope cable and vertical bands of seed stitch, I revel in the symmetry of the combination and admire how it gives structure to the cardigan shape.”

Skill Level: Intermediate

Finished Measurements:

  • Chest: 42 (45, 48, 51)“ (106.5 114.5, 122, 129.5cm)
  • Length: 25.5 (26, 26.5, 270” (65 66, 67.5, 68.5cm)

Yarn: #4 medium

  • 1400 (1600, 1800, 2000) yds (1280 1463, 1646, 1829m) heavy worsted weight
  • 7 (8, 8, 9) skeins Black Water Abbey Yarns Worsted Weight, 4 oz (113.5 g) skeins, each approximately 220 yds (201m), 100% wool, Ocean

Needles & Notions:

  • US size 5 (3.75mm) circular needles, 24” (60cm) long
  • US size 7 (4.5mm) circular needles, 24” (60cm) long, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • One set US size 5 (3.75mm) double-pointed needles
  • One set US size 7 (4.5mm) double-pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Cable needle
  • Stitch holders
  • Tapestry needle
  • 5 buttons, 0.75” (2cm) in diameter

Note: The cardigan is worked in one piece, back and forth in rows, from the lower edge to the armholes. Back and Fronts are then worked separately and shoulders are joined with a three-needle bind-off. Sleeves are picked up around armhole edge and worked downward in rounds to the cuffs.