Winter Doldrums by Carla Pletzer

Winter Doldrums

December 2014
Aran (8 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch colorwork pattern with larger needles
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1365 - 2205 yards (1248 - 2016 m)
XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X)
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This pattern is available for free.

You can purchase kits at a reduced price to knit this sweater in multiple colourway choices here!


Winter in cottage country can be long, dark and cold when waiting for summer to return. With piles of snow and treachorous roads you can find yourself stuck both physically and mentally. The days are grey and uninspiring and the typical woolies keeping you warm can be much the same. Based on traditional fair isle sweaters, this sweater includes modern features such as waist shaping, fitted sleeves, loose cowl neck, and vivid color choices. Warm and cozy, this sweater will not only keep you toasty when you venture outside, but the pops of bright color are guaranteed break you out of your winter doldrums.


XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X) (shown in size L, worn with 1-2 inches of positive ease on a 41 inch bust)

Finished Measurements

Chest: 32 (35.5, 39, 42.5, 46, 49.5, 53, 56.5) inches
Length: 23.5 (24.5, 24.5, 25.5, 25.5, 26.5, 26.5, 26.5) inches (not including cowl neck)

Georgian Bay Fibre Co. Kilcoursie Aran (80% superwash BFL, 20% nylon; 210yd/192m per 115 g skein)

  • MC Zhiishiib Rock Granite; 5 (6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9) skeins

  • CC1 Vasey Monarda; 1 skein
  • CC2 Big Chute Asclepias; 1 skein
  • CC3 Meaford Spring Buds; 1 skein

32-inch US #6/4mm circular needle
1 16-inch and 1 32-inch US #8/5mm circular needle
Set of US #6/4mm DPNs (optional, for sleeves)
Set of US #8/5mm DPNs (optional, for sleeves)

4 stitch markers (including one of different color to mark beg of rnd)
Stitch holders or waste yarn
tapestry needle

18 sts/24 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch and chart patterns using larger needle