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“Celtic Dreams” Pullover by Beth Brown-Reinsel
Finished Sizes: 36 (40, 46, 52)
We are all familiar with the ganseys by Beth Brown-Reinsel, but her, “Celtic Dreams”, pullover is an example of her skills in Aran design as well. This Aran pullover is knitted from the top down and features saddle shoulders and square armholes. The Aran motifs, intricate cable and twisted stitch designs, create a lovely thick fabric that is just right for cold winter days. This tunic length pullover is boxy in design and includes traditional Aran features such as a deep skirt (ribbing) and loosely fitted cuffs. You will be responsible for purchasing your own pattern which is available at www.KnittingTraditions.com.
The following are techniques you will learn/review during the course of this project:
Measurement and fit for top down construction
Cable / knit CO
Setting in sleeves to underarm section
Cables with /without cable needles
Reading cable charts back and forth and in the round
Knitting in the round
(You are responsible for purchasing the pattern.)
(Please note there have been schedule changes since the blast was sent out.)
2017 Saturday and Sunday, January 14 and 15, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday, January 21 and 22, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Sunday February 12, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday, March 4 and 5, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Saturday, April 8, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Saturday, May 6, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Sunday, May 7, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Saturday, May 13, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Saturday, June 10, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Saturday, June 17, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Construction Note: Celtic Dreams is knit from the top down. You will start by knitting flat, back and forth, and transition to knitting in the round at the underarm.
Class 1. Start the saddle swatch, which is worked back and forth. Learn PCO, saddle motif (cables), and how to build a personal cartoon and measure to fit.
Class 2. PCO the saddle. (You will make two.) Continue the swatch, working with the other cables. Continue the personal cartoon and measuring to fit.
Class 3. Place the live stitches at sleeve edge of both saddles on a yarn holder. Start the increase portion of back yoke of your sweater. Be sure to check the chart symbols.
Class 4. Continue the back yoke.
Class 5. PU and work the front yoke as you did the back yoke.
Class 6. PU and work the neck band.
Class 7. Join the back and front yokes at the underarm and start the body of the sweater in the round. Double check your gauge as you begin working your cables in the round.
Class 8. Start the skirt.
Class 9. PU for sleeve #1 and work flat for 2-4 inches. Complete the joining sequence to the sweater armpit and work for 4 rounds. Again keep an eye on your cable gauge.
Class 10. PU for sleeve #2 and work the same way, ending with 4 rounds worked after the joining sequence.
Class 11. Try your sweater on. Measure for sleeve length and check your sleeve math. Continue working in the round to the sleeve cuff. Check your math and fit along the way.
Class 12. Begin the sleeve cuff garter band and cuff patterning.
Class 13. Finishing up, weaving in the ends, blocking.
Ms. Brown-Reinsel recommends a 100% wool Aran weight or heavy worsted weight yarn. Cascade Eco would be another choice. This worsted weight wool is available in colors and a selection of neutrals. It provides a wonderfully crisp stitch definition that will highlight your cable work and is available from Webs at www.yarn.com. You will need approximately 1200 to 1750 yards.
Additional general supplies include:
Two 24 inch circular needles to get gauge of 4.5 stitches per inch. (You will need two 24 inch circular needles for your sleeves)
One 32 or 40 inch circular needle in size selected for project (for working the body in the round)
Two 24 inch circular needles one size smaller than project selection (for sleeve ribbing and neck)
One 32 or 40 inch circular needle in one size smaller than project selection (for skirt)
Color markers (safety pin style recommended)
Scrap yarn approximately same weight using, either undyed or neutral color
Cable needle or double point needle
Please bring your pattern, note pad and pencil to each class
If you have any questions regarding the class, yarn selection, needles, “can I do it?”, etc. please call me at 410-327-3884 or e-mail at LorraineatAGY@gmail.com.
If at any time during the class you need additional help, help sessions will be available at a cost of $10 each. Please contact me in advance to schedule.
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