Ellerbeck by Elizabeth McCarten


March 2019
Aran (8 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in Stocking stitch
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
US 10 - 6.0 mm
634 - 1230 yards (580 - 1125 m)
33 (36.5, 40, 43.5, 46.75, 50.25) inches finished bust
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I designed this swingy topper to wear over some handsewn pieces from Sonya Philip’s “100 Acts of Sewing”. The result is a quick and easy knit that can be tried on for fit as the work progresses. The sweater is a study in increases and neat edges. The neck is cast on provisionally, then finished later with Elizabeth Zimmermann’s sewn bind off. German short rows make the hem slightly lower in back for a flattering silhouette. Links to tutorials are provided for all these techniques.
The gauge is much looser than the one recommended on the ball band of the Lettlopi; I wanted an airy, drapey fabric with a nice halo. If substituting, be wary of choosing a yarn that is too bulky or heavy at the required gauge.
Instructions and yardages are for a solid colour pullover. The striped version was a creative method of dealing with an insufficient supply of the main colour. The main colour is Rough Seas, the contrast is Golden Heather.
Takes 580 (705, 800, 925, 995, 1125) metres approximately.
My version, size 36.5 and 20” front length, took less than 6 balls of the Lettlopi.