Stone Fence by Thea Colman

Stone Fence

October 2016
Aran (8 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in reverse stockinette, based on final blocked fabric.
US 9 - 5.5 mm
900 - 1950 yards (823 - 1783 m)
33(36,38,40,42)(44,47,49,52)(55,60,64)”/83.75(91.5,96.5,101.5,106.75) (111.75,119.5,124.5,132)(139.75,152.5,162.5)cm
Flag of English English
This pattern is available for $8.00 USD buy it now

I’d always heard how beautiful these yarnbabies were, but when Jill sent me this incredible green one, I had to do something special.

I decided that it needed to be a classic Aran Fisherman Sweater, as simple textures and repeating motifs show off the range of color in Jill’s dye and feature the cozy round fiber of this gorgeous Rambouillet wool beautifully. I chose bold lines that wouldn’t overpower the subtle differences in the greens, and I was sure to keep to repetitive geometric motifs that would allow the different turns and twists of the rustic fiber to be distinct but to feel smooth and tidy.

Rhinebeck always means cozy, classic sweaters to me, so this was the perfect plan. The lace is a little unexpected, but creates a beautiful texture and has an added air conditioning bonus. We all know how fickle the October weather can be in NY……

The sweater is knit from the bottom up in the round, then split into front and back to be worked flat to the shoulders. Once shoulders are seamed, sleeves are worked seamlessly from the shoulder down to cuff. Collar stitches are picked up and worked in the round as well.

The 2022 version features sleeves without short rows. I had gotten feedback that some knitters did not like working short rows in reverse stockinette and found it hard to maintain tension so the stitches were neat. This change will result in a cleaner line at upper arm.

Yardage by size:


33(36,38,40,42)(44,47,49,52)(55,60,64)” 83.75(91.5,96.5,101.5,106.75)(111.75,119.5,124.5,132)(139.75,152.5,162.5)cm

Sizes are based on circumference around bust and hip, in final blocked fabric. For fit as shown, choose the size that allows you 3-4”/7.5-10cm of positive ease at bust.


900(975,1075,1150,1250)(1350,1425,1525,1600)(1700,1850, 1950)yds
825(890,985,1050,1145)(1235,1305,1395,1465)(1555,1690, 1785)m of aran weight yarn needed.

If you are knitting a size that needs more than 1280 yds, Jill has dyed smaller 213 yd skeins of Empire so you can buy in single skein quantities as needed.

Jill and I also think that her Windham may make a good substitute for those looking for a different JDMS fiber!