Guilloche Pullover by Ailbíona McLochlainn

Guilloche Pullover

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November 2021
Aran (8 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in mini-cables
US 8 - 5.0 mm
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A followup to the Guilloche hat collection, the Guilloche pullover is an exercise in
geometric elegance. Named after the embossed surface of Fabergé eggs,
this design features miniature cables that can be worked either with or without a cable needle. The classic raglan construction creates a simple backdrop
to offset details such as the fold-over neckline, the split hem, and the elongated 
 cuffs. The ribbed edgings and the raglan lines align perfectly with the cables, creating a seamless, sculptural look. With an easy-to-memorise stitch repeat and instructions fully charted for your convenience, this all-over cabled sweater is suitable for a wide range of skill levels, and is simpler to knit than it looks.

Note: You do not need to know how to ‘increase in pattern’ or ‘decrease in pattern’ in order to knit this garment. In addition to the main stitch repeat, all increase and decrease sections are fully charted with accompanying written instructions.

Note also: Unlike most of my garment patterns, this one is worked bottom-up!


Size 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
garment measures as follows around chest circumference:
95cm/ 38” (104cm/ 41”, 113cm/ 45”, 122cm/ 48.75”, 130cm/ 52”, 139cm/ 55.5”, 148cm/ 59”, 164cm/ 65.5”)

Fit Recommendation

to be worn with approximately 15cm/ 6” of ease around the chest


19 sts x 26 rounds/ rows = 10cm/ 4” x 10cm/ 4”
(in pattern for main fabric, blocked open)

19 sts x 26 rounds/ rows = 10cm/ 4” x 10cm/ 4”
(in 2x2 rib for Hem, blocked open)
23 sts x 30 rounds = 10cm/ 4” x 10cm/ 4”
(in 2x2 rib for Cuffs and Neckband, blocked open)


designed with Folklore Yarns Traditions Donegal Aran Tweed
suitable for DK to Aran-weight yarns
(approximately 150-200m per 100g/ 165-220y per 3.5oz)

project requires approximately 550g (600g, 650g, 700g, 750g, 800g, 850g, 900g)


Needle A: circular needle 5mm (US 8) in diameter
Needle B: circular needle 4mm (US 6) in diameter
Needle C: circular needle 3mm (US 3) in diameter
…or as needed to meet gauge


tapestry needle, scrap yarn, stitch markers, measuring tape, optional: cable needle; crochet hook

Special Techniques
basic cables/ crossed stitches; grafting/ Kitchener st;
optional: crochet chain st for neckline stabilisation 

worked in the round, from the bottom up, with integrated neckband


Sample Info
sample shown is a Size 3, worn with 15cm of ease
made with Folklore Yarns Traditions Donegal Aran Tweed
in the Fossil Colourway 

Notes on Yarn Selection
For a traditional, densely knit, Irish cabled sweater, select a yarn at the Aran-weight end of the spectrum. For a lighter-weight sweater with more drape, select a yarn toward the DK end of the spectrum.