Hild by Ann Kingstone


November 2012
Aran (8 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stocking stitch/stockinette
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1110 - 1850 yards (1015 - 1692 m)
32-58 inch chests
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Hild is part of the Born & Bred collection, a book made in partnership with baa ram ewe, the awesome Yorkshire yarn shop taking Yorkshire wool to the world! The book is available in print from baa ram ewe.

The Pattern

Hild is knitted from the top down, starting with the Turkish cast-on for the hood (fully instructed in the pattern). The shoulders begin with provisional cast-ons and short row shaping to create the shoulder slope, then the remainder of the yoke is knitted with simultaneous set-in sleevecaps. Body and sleeves are knitted in the round.

Full written instructions are included for everything except the cables. For these you must be able to follow a chart (provided).

The pattern also includes guidance on how to add or remove length in the body and sleeves for a custom fit.

Choose needles for your preferred methods of small diameter circular knitting (the sleeves), and for flat knitting with long rows. You will need two circular needles for the method instructed for the hood.

The pattern is available in both A4 and Letter size formats, and all instructions include both US and UK knitting terminology. The pattern includes a full schematic showing metric and imperial measurements.

Technical editor Karen Butler
Photos by Verity Britton

Yarn requirements

5(6:6:7) 100g ball/skeins of Jarol Pure British Wool Aran. The fibre content is 100% Masham wool.


Hild is named after the Celtic saint who founded an abbey at Whitby in 657 AD. You can learn about Abbess Hild from this Wikipedia article, or visit the ruins of the medieval abbey at Whitby, built on the site of Hild’s original abbey.

On page 38 in the book, page 5 in the pattern, the numbers for Q should be:

250, 256, 264, 274, 284, 296, 304, 322, 328, 336, 354, 360, 372, 390