Woolly by Joanne Seiff


November 2017
Aran (8 wpi) ?
15 stitches and 23 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
528 - 876 yards (483 - 801 m)
2-4 (4-6, 6-8, 8-10)/27 (30½, 32, 33½)"/69 (77, 81.5, 85.5) cm
low vision format available
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Here’s a child’s raglan sweater featuring sheep with horns included. (Shetland or Scottish Blackface? You pick!)

Knit in 4 colors from the bottom up in the round, this design uses stranded knitting, written instructions and color charts, but never with more than two colors at a time. The sweater is completely reversible. If the kid spills on the front, as kids do…turn it around. It requires virtually no sewing at the end, just weaving in ends and joining up the underarm stitches. Woolly uses an Aran weight yarn that knits at 15 sts = 4”/10 cm after blocking on a size US 8 needle. This pattern requires the knitter to increase, decrease, knit with two colors at a time and follow a color chart, with additional written instructions for accessibility purposes.

Accessibility Note: This pattern offers an additional Low Vision pdf option, with Arial 24 point sans serif font in all black text and photo captions. It has no italics. All of the directions are fully written out. If there’s a chart included, there are also written instructions- the chart is not needed to complete the pattern.

A word about sizing: Please measure the wearer’s chest size and plan for plenty of ease. This is meant to be a relaxed fit…kids grow fast.

Woolly is a raglan, oversized, bottom-up pullover, sized to fit sizes 2-4 (4 6, 6-8, 8-10), measuring 27 (30½, 32, 33½)“/69 (77, 81.5, 85.5) cm at the chest when blocked.

Any Aran weight yarn that knits to the correct gauge in 4 colors, as follows:
Main Color (MC):
Approximately 364 (439, 522, 604) yd/333 (401, 477, 553) m
Contrast Color #1 (CC1):
Approximately 32 (38, 45, 53) yd/29 (35, 41, 48) m
Contrast Color #2 (CC2):
Approximately 32 (38, 45, 53) yd/29 (35, 41, 48) m
Contrast Color #3 (CC3):
Approximately 100 (121, 144, 166) yd/76 (92, 109, 127) m

The Sample pictured is Size 6-8 (32”/81 cm), and knit in Custom Woolen Mills Mule Spinner 2 ply yarn (100% Canadian Wool, 217 yd (198 m)/4 oz (112 gr) per skein). Colors used in sample are:

MC: 2 (2, 3, 3) skeins color #110 Forest Green Heather
CC1: 1 skein color #28 Orange
CC2: 1 skein color #01 Natural White
CC3: 1 skein color #23 Dyed Black

Size US 8 (5mm) 24” circular knitting needle or size to get gauge
Size US 8 (5mm) double-pointed needles or size to get gauge
Size US 8 (5mm) 16” circular knitting needle or size to get gauge (optional: for neckline)

Notions Required:
Markers or bit of scrap yarn
Tape measure
Row counter (recommended)
Waste yarn or stitch holders
Tapestry needle