Shorthand by Clare Mountain-Manipon

Shorthand

Knitting
October 2017
Aran (8 wpi) ?
14.5 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
875 - 1400 yards (800 - 1280 m)
38 (40, 42, 44, 46, 48)" / 96.5 (101.5, 106.5, 112, 117, 122) cm circumference at bust. Intended ease: 6" / 15cm
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ABOUT THE PATTERN

Shorthand is a cosy, raglan sweater with a funnel neck. It features an allover, textural stitch that is fun to knit and easy to memorise. The body features a split hem with a mismatched rib trim. This same trim is used on the sleeves.

The sweater is constructed top-down in the round. The yoke is split for the body and sleeves, which are knitted separately in the round. The split rib trims on the body are knitted flat and the funnel neck is picked up and knitted in the round.

I have used The Fibre Company’s Arranmore, which is a luxurious Aran weight, tweed yarn milled in Ireland. It contains a gorgeous blend of merino, cashmere and silk that is an absolute joy to knit with. If you wish to substitute, you should be able to get gauge with most other Aran weight yarns. I suggest that you find one with good stitch definition to make the most of that gorgeous texture!

SKILL LEVEL

Intermediate

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS (AFTER BLOCKING)

38 (40, 42, 44, 46, 48)” / 96.5 (101.5, 106.5, 112, 117, 122) cm circumference at bust
Intended ease: 6” / 15cm (6” / 15 cm on model)

YARN

5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 8) hanks of The Fibre Company’s Arranmore 80% merino wool, 10% cashmere, 10% silk, 160m / 175yds per 100g
For my sample, I used the shade, Meara.

GAUGE

14.5 sts and 24 rounds per 4”/10cm worked in stockinette using 5.5mm (US9) needles
14.5 sts and 22.5 rounds per 4”/10cm worked in Shorthand stitch pattern using 5.5mm (US9) needles
Please swatch carefully, as incorrect gauge will cause the sweater to come out the wrong size.

RECOMMENDED NEEDLE SIZE

  • 5mm (US8) 45” circular needles
  • 5.5mm (US9) 45” circular needles

NOTIONS

  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch Markers

ADVANCED TECHNIQUES
(I share tutorials for each in the knitting pattern)

  • Magic Loop
  • Tubular Bind-Off
  • Adding Basting Stitches