Quick Sweater by Susan Ashcroft

Quick Sweater

February 2014
Aran (8 wpi) ?
13 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in textured stitch
7.0 mm
US 10 - 6.0 mm
1039 - 1203 yards (950 - 1100 m)
one size - approx. 41"/105cm around - fits up to about 42" (110cm) chest with a snugger fit at that size
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Please note that this is a one-size sweater. If you are planning to make the sweater, please check it’s a size that will fit the intended wearer. The stitch has quite a lot of give and if the sweater is knitted to gauge it will fit up to about 42”/110cm chest - it will be a snugger fit at that chest size).
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For swatching info: Count on Me Cowl

For chat, help and pics: Quick Sweater Thread

My daughter challenged me to make her a sweater. So I did. She loves it and has been wearing it constantly which makes me very happy (nothing better than seeing your handknits worn by those you love. )

So I thought I’d write up what I did in case anyone else wants to make one.

When I made it, I added to the challenge by

  • trying to make it in a week.
  • trying to make it with just one 10-ball bag of Aran Tweed bought on sale.

Lofty gauge makes this quick for a sweater - it can be made in about 7-10 days if you knit a little every day - but best of all it means you get a chunky looking sweater that doesn’t use too much yarn and isn’t too heavy (around 500g rather than 1.5 kilos which seems to be the weight of most of the aran-weight jumpers I have).

In the original length (approx. 55cm) I managed to make it with 940m (1030 yds).
You can make yours longer if you like, but you’ll need to allow a little more yardage/m.

The sweater is worked in the round up to the armholes and then the back and front are worked separately and seamed at the shoulders.

The sleeves can be worked flat or in the round and are then set in (I’ll include some tips on how to do that). I prefer to knit the sleeves separately so that they are portable and it also leaves a little scope for adjustment if necessary.

Many thanks to the testers: