Luck Has Nothing to Do With It by Ailbíona McLochlainn

Luck Has Nothing to Do With It

March 2018
Aran (8 wpi) ?
US 7 - 4.5 mm
Flag of English English
This pattern is available for €6.50.

A somewhat tongue-in-cheek nod to the traditional aran sweater, Luck Has Nothing to Do With It is a classic crewneck pullover. The cabled clovers at the neckline, shoulders and cuffs reference the original fishermen sweaters of the west coast of Ireland, which - in contrast to later aran designs - featured poignant, but minimal, cabled embellishments.


The sweater is worked seamlessly from the top down with raglan sleeve construction. Subtle details - including wide raglans, and folded neckband and cuffs - add interest to an otherwise classic and simple garment. Instructions are offered for straight or A-Line bodice options, and for back shaping.

Designed for S Twist Wool, this pattern will suit a variety of aran-weight yarns.

Luck Has Nothing to Do with It is unisex, versatile sweater, certain to become a cherished wardrobe staple.




Chest circumference of finished garment measures as follows: 

85cm (90cm, 95cm, 100cm, 110cm, 120cm ) 

34” (36”, 38”, 40”, 44”, 48”) 

Select option with desired amount of ease *

S Twist Wool Overdyed Mountain Grey (150m/100g);
shown in Juniper

or substitute with aran-weight yarn
500g (560g, 620g, 700g, 800g, 900g) 

18 stitches x 23 rows = 10cm in stockinette


Needle A: circular needle, 4.5mm in diameter

Needle B: circular needle, 3mm in diameter

stitch markers, cable needle, tapestry needle, scrap yarn

Special Techniques:
provisional cast-on, cables, short rows

Pattern Support:


  • All models are shown wearing size 44” sample with straight bodice, and their chest measurements are as follows -

Owen (top photo): 43”; Colin (3rd & 4th photos): 38”;
Ailbíona (2nd to last photo): 34”