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Old 01-14-2009, 06:27 PM   #1
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My First Aran Sweater....Any Advice?
I'm about to start DH's fisherman's Aran sweater. He bought me a book with Aran stitches and I'm waiting for it to arrive now. I've never worked without a pattern, so I'm totally winging it, but confident. I've swatched and swatched.

I know I'll hit some bumps along the way, so I'll probably be posting again........but does anyone have any advice on the outset?

I'll be doing seed stitch on the sides and bottom of the sleeves. Simple cables in front, back and sleeves.........or is that too much???????????? Should the front and back look the same or should the back be simpler? I looked around on Ravelry for ideas and everyone photographs the front but never the back.

I'll be making it in acryllid (Hobby Lobby's 'I Love This Yarn'...DH's choice, I couldn't change his mind). It IS quite nice for Acryllic though.

This is the book, BTW....in case anyone has used it:
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Old 01-14-2009, 06:30 PM   #2
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I don't think your choices will be too hard. My advice would be to draw yourself out a diagram that shows where each pattern repeats so you can line them up. Or print out the charts and tape them together. So, for example, if one pattern has a four row repeat and one has an eight row repeat, you can see where the individual lines would line up/cross over.

Which book are you getting?
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Thanks. I'm starting with the sleeves first, as a "swatch" but also because DH is on a diet I'm most worried about the sleeves......and should I do raglan or not?
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That's an awesome book! I have it. In fact, I was hoping you'd say that was the one, because it actually has some information in it on designing your own sweater and some suggestions on combinations of the various cables for sweaters. I would do a drop shoulder to start with, simply because it's easier to design, and for your first sweater, you'll probably just want to concentrate on the various pattern stitches. Just my 2 cents.
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I think traditional Arans were done top down with saddle shoulders (you can carry the cable down the centre of the sleeve from the shoulder that way), but I did mine the bottom up, sew it up, set in sleeves kinda way. The front and bask of mine is the same, but you could do the back plain if you want to keep it less fussy - I just get bored doing the same thing over and over so cables on both sides held my interest.
I am a crap photographer, but here's mine if it helps

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Very nice! Thanks for the photo. Looks great! I will do mine bottom up because I want to make sure it fits him, also, when you do top down it's more of a temptation to do the ribbing early to finish up I think

What yarn did you use? Looks like it has flecks of color. I like that.
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It was Tivoli Woolblend Aran 400 which is spun in Ireland, it has small multicoloured flecks in it, the lady in the wool shop suggested it might be more interesting than plain cream
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To Seam or Not To Seam?
Since I'll be doing mine from the bottom up, I figured I'd do it seemless (in the round). Any ideas or reasons why I should not?
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Because I knit and purl at different tensions whenever I do cables they look slightly pulled to one side, this looked worse when I did it in the round, but that's my personal pronblem!
No reason not to otherwise, the original ones from Aran islands were knit in the round top down with large DPNs.
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Hi, Ariel!

My best advice on this is to thoroughly do your prep work, as Marria suggested, so that you're completely familiar with the pattern before you start.

Then, once you've got it all mapped out ----- RELAX! Just enjoy the adventure and all the wonderful twists and turns you'll experience along the way. Use whatever you can that will help you keep your place - stitch markers, life lines, row counters, etc. - so that you can make this first experience a wonderful one.

Good luck to you and let us know how it's going!

Happy Aran knitting!

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