Talamh by Sylvia McFadden


September 2018
Sport (12 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches
in knit in stockinette in the round with larger needles
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
To fit busts: 30", 32", 34", 36", 38", 40", 42", 44", 46", 48", 50", 52", 54", 56", 58", 60", 62", 64". The positive ease of the sweater is adjustable up to an 84" circumference.
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First things first, yes you can very easily make it longer :) Nicola looks adorable in cropped tops and sweater-y things, so I keep cropping the sweaters that I’m working on that I know she’s going to model.

The way this pattern has been built, there are two different sets of numbers for the body and the chest/arms. The pattern is bottom-up, and the body is meant to be worked with positive ease (how much you’d like is up to you), and then you switch over and knit the chest and arms to your actual chest measurements. So it’ll be more fitted in the arms (of course you could add positive ease there too if you’d like by knitting a larger size).

So, Nicola is wearing the 32” with about 8” positive ease (so this sample worked the numbers for the 40” on the Body & Ease spreadsheet, and then moved over to working the numbers for the 32” on the Bust and Sleeves spreadsheet). I have a sample for myself on the needles and I am using the numbers from the 78” size for the Body & Ease spreadsheet, but I’ll change over to the numbers for the 58” for the Bust and Sleeves spreadsheet (once I get to it!).

All Bodies Are Good Bodies

Although I have only knit the one sample currently for this pattern and only have had it modelled on one person, my core value of All Bodies Are Good Bodies still applies. My Tech Editor (and good friend!) April Ridgeway and I have made the pattern size inclusive. For more information on the sizing consult the image of my sizing spreadsheet mixed in with the photos of the sweater.

I will add more photos of different sized sweaters to the pattern page as folks knit them up!

What does Talamh mean?

The name Talamh is a Scottish Gaelic word translating to something along the lines of land, earth, ground when it’s used in speaking of the sea it means the earthy bottom of the ocean.

In an effort to learn a bit about my heritage I have been studying Gaelic. Trying my best to translate important English words (to me) over into Gaelic and learning the pronunciations and some of the etymology and history of ‘em. I have always had a rough time with my heritage, having estranged myself from most of my Scottish/Irish side of the family when I was in my late teens due to dysfunction. But reconnecting with the general history and heritage has been incredibly meaningful to me.


Moeke Heritage shown in colourway light brown.


Larger Needles: 5mm (US8)* circular needles in a 24” (60cm) cord. For larger sizes, you may want another 5mm (US8) in a 32” (80cm) or larger cord.

Smaller Needles: 4mm (US6)* in either DPNs or circular needles for working a small circumferance (sleeves)

Or whatever needle size it takes you to obtain gauge.


4 locking stitch markers for figuring out your neckline.
Holders or scrap yarn to hold stitches
Whichever tools you use to weave in ends.


Body with larger needles:

14 stitches and 33 rounds = 4” (10cm) square knit in the round in stockinette and blocked.

Sleeves with smaller needles:

20 stitches and 28 rounds = 4” (10cm) square knit in the round in stockinette and blocked.

The larger your sweater size, the more heavily I suggest blocking your swatch. See notes on larger sizes, stitch integrity, and incremental stretch for more information.

Thank you so much for all the help I’ve received with this pattern! Specifically my amazing team of editors April Ridgeway, Glenda McDonald and Amelia Hodsdon. And it’s being beautifully modelled by the lovely Nicola Hodges