February 2015
Aran (8 wpi) ?
4.5 stitches and 6 rows = 1 inch
in Stockinette St
US 8 - 5.0 mm
950 - 1500 yards (869 - 1372 m)
?32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 46, 50)"
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Put another log on the fire…

Now that a certain ground hog has told us that Winter is certainly sticking around, nothing is more enticing than burrowing in and getting cozy inside…

My current favorite activity? No doubt: bundling up on the couch with a good movie AND a great knit!

I’ve gone cabin-crazy knitting top-down sweaters in this new year and don’t see it stopping - I’m on number three right now and just plan to keep on going until I run out of steam (or the need for a lap blanket is gone). :)

You know there is nothing more soothing and cozy than wrapping yourself in a pile of wool and there’s always room for the simple, the essential – IBA is first off the needles.

The IBA style is something that many of you wrote to me asking for - and incorporates lots of all of our favorite knitting moments: top-down construction, no seaming, built-in neckband, and a relaxed fit…

It has lots of plain knitting in there too - I almost named this Netwatcher because it has accompanied me on many rounds “at-the-movies” on you-know-where. IBA has just enough stitch detailing to keep it interesting but enough lovely happy Stockinette Stitch in an Aran gauge to get done in no time at all!

Here’s a style that can zoom through those lovely fiber fest barn yarns or simply and elegantly showcase some favorite handpaint.


to fit 32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 46, 50)“
with a Bust Edge-to-Edge Measurement
34 (36.25, 39.25, 41, 43.25, 45.25, 49, 53)”

23.5 (24, 24.5, 25, 25, 25.5, 26, 26)“

YARN – Aran Weight
950 (1000, 1050, 1100, 1150, 1200, 1350, 1500)) yards

18 sts / 24 rows over 4” St st


Sample is shown in a size 40 modeled on a model/bust measurment of 36” for approximately 4” of positive ease, for a more casual relaxed look. (For standard ease, pick a finished garment size 2” larger than your actual chest measurement.)

It is worked in Lion Fishermen’s Wool in the color OATMEAL.