Song and Dance by Ailbíona McLochlainn

Song and Dance

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The official knitting pattern of Yarnfolk 2019, the Song and Dance pullover celebrates the warm and multi-stranded community of knitters in Northern Ireland. Drawing upon a range of local stylistic influences, this easy colourwork sweater knits up quickly in DK-to-Aran weight yarn.

Worked in the round from the top down, this pattern is suitable for novice sweater knitters who are familiar with stranded colourwork. While a maximum of two colours is ever worked at a time, this versatile design can feature either 3 or 6 colourways in total, enabling knitters to support multiple yarn producers and dyers as they explore the booths at Yarnfolk Festival of Wool.

This pattern includes written instructions, a measurements schematic, a colourwork chart, and an appendix with tips for colour selection and modifications.




suitable for DK-Aran weight yarns,
150-200m (164-218y)/ 100g (3.5oz)

Colour Selection
Background Colour (BC): The colour in the background of the colourwork panels. 

Contrast Colour (CC): The colour in the foreground of the colourwork panels.

Transitional Colour (TC): The colour used between colourwork panels.

Yarn quantities required: 

3-colour version
(worked in 3 colours, whereby BC, CC, and TC are each assigned one colour)
BC: requires 2 (3, 3, 4, 4) skeins

CC: requires 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) skeins

TC: requires 2 (2, 3, 3, 4) skeins

6-colour version
(worked in 6 colours, whereby BC, CC, and TC are each assigned two colours, and these colours are alternated between) 

BC1: requires 1 (2, 2, 2, 2) skeins 

BC2: requires 1 (2, 2, 2, 2) skeins

CC1: requires 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) skeins

CC2: requires 2 (1, 1, 2, 2) skeins

TC1: requires 1 (1, 2, 2, 2) skeins

TC2: requires 1 (1, 2, 2, 2) skeins


Main piece: 18 sts x 24 rounds = 10cm x 10cm (4” x 4”) 

Neckband and cuffs: 20 sts x 28 rounds = 10cm x 10cm (4” x 4”)


Needle A: 5.50mm (US 9), or as needed to meet gauge 
in single colour stockinette

Needle B: 6.00mm (US 10), or as needed to meet gauge in colourwork
 Needle C: 4.50mm (US 7), or as needed to meet gauge for 
neckband & cuffs


stitch markers, tapestry needle, scrap yarn, measuring tape 

Special Techniques

stranded colourwork, short rows, lifted increases, 
provisional cast-on

Pattern Support

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Size 1 (2, 3, 4, 5)*

Garment measures as follows around chest circumference:
86cm/34.25” (98cm/39”, 110cm/44”, 122cm/48.75”, 134cm/53.5”)

Pattern also explains how to achieve half-sizes by slightly altering gauge, so in actuality a range of 9-10 sizes is possible

Pattern includes schematic with detailed measurements.



Samples Info
6-Colour sample made with Apple Oak Fibre Works Jacob Aran, in Size 1

3-Colour sample made with Bear in Sheep’s Clothing Falkland-Merino Aran, in Size 2.5

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