Faroe Island Cardigans: Adult by Robin Hansen

Faroe Island Cardigans: Adult

October 2000
Aran (8 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 21 rows = 4 inches
in worked in the round in color pattern on larger needles
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1479 - 1827 yards (1352 - 1671 m)
42½ (45½, 48, 51½)" (108 (115.5, 122, 131) cm), buttoned
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This pattern is available from interweave.com for $3.90.

Interweave SKU: EP1020

Pattern Description from Interweave Online Store:
Everything about Faroese sweaters is designed for knitting and assembly efficiency. The sweater proportions are based on percentages of the sweater body circumference - the length is one-half the circumference; the sleeves taper from one-half to one-quarter; the neck and shoulders are each one-sixth. The body is worked in the round from the ribbing to the shoulders in a multiple of the number of stitches in the pattern repeat (in this case, six). The front opening, neckline, and armholes are cut open once the knitting is done. The adult’s sweater shown here was knitted in the Faroe Islands with lightweight and lanolin-rich Faroese yarn, which is not available in the United States; however, a comparable yarn from Nordic Fiber Arts can be substituted. The child’s sweater was designed and knitted in the United States with a DK-weight yarn from Nordic Fiber Arts.

Finished Size: 42½ (45½, 48, 51½)“ (108 (115.5, 122, 131) cm), buttoned. Sweater shown measures 45 1/2” (115.5 cm).

Yarn: Rauma Vamsegarn (100% wool, 87 yd [80 m]/50 g): #V13 medium gray (MC), 11 (12, 13, 14) balls; #V01 sheep’s white, 4 (4, 5, 5) balls; #V36 black (or #V64 dark sheep’s brown), 2 (2, 2, 2) balls. Contrasting waste yarn.

Yarn weight: #4 - Medium

Gauge: 21 sts and 21 rnds = 4” (10 cm) with Vamsegarn worked in the round in color patt on larger needles.


  • Body and Sleeves Size 8 (5 mm): 24” (60-cm) cir and set of 5 dpn.
  • Ribbing Size 4 (3.5 mm): 24” (60-cm) cir and set of 5 dpn.
  • Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Marker (m); tapestry needle; seven (for child) or nine (for adult) ½“ (1.3-cm) buttons (shown are #7241900B from Halcyon Yarn); sewing thread for machine stay-stitching.

Originally Published: Interweave Knits, Winter 2000/2001

Toddler/Child Version