Like a hard-drinking sailor knitting a sweater for himself, the Irish Rover has the structure of a traditional, unisex, top-down, saddle shoulder Aran pullover, but has cables that drunkenly swagger, unravel and improbably recombine as the knitting progresses. The pieces are knit flat throughout and seamed at the sides, but the pattern is easily adapted to being working in the round if you desire.
Charts are given for both the back, worked “soberly”, and for the front, featuring the “drunken” cables so you can knit it exactly as I did. But I encourage you to have fun with it and create your own cable combinations.
Chest: 42 (46, 50, 54, 58, 62)” (shown in size 42”)
Length: 25.5 (26, 26.5, 27, 27.5, 28)”
About 1750 (2000, 2250, 2500, 2750, 3000) yds of a smooth light-worsted to worsted weight wool
Shown in 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12) skeins Valley Yarns Northampton (100% wool; 247yd/100g) color Natural
US size 6 (4.00mm) circular needles or size needed to get gauge
cable needle (cn), yarn needle, scrap yarn to be used as stitch holders