Irish Sweater is worked in the round from the waist upwards as a single piece. The front and back are worked with a textured cable pattern consisting of a latticed center and chunky cables each side. From the armholes and upwards, the sweater’s front and back sections are worked separately back and forth, and the shoulders are joined with a 3-needle bind off. Stitches are picked up around the armholes for the sleeves. The neckline opening is finished with a thick ribbed edge.
For body: 28 stitches x 32 rows = 10 x 10 cm [4 x 4 inches] (in pattern according to the swatch guide (Page 4) on a 4.00 mm [US6] needle).
For sleeves: 22 stitches x 30 rows = 10 x 10 cm [4 x 4 inches] (in stocking stitch on a 4.00 mm [US6] needle).
Suggested needle size
4.00 mm [US6] circular needle for body and 4.00 mm [US6] double-pointed needles for sleeves (if not using magic loop method), 3.50 mm [US4] circular needle and double-pointed needles for ribbed edges at waist, neckline and wrists. Make a swatch before you start knitting to ensure that your gauge is correct. Depending on how you knit, you may need to go up or down half a needle size to meet the gauge. Gauge in the suggested yarn is measured after washing and blocking of a swatch.
Yarn: 150-200 (200-250) 250-300 (300-350) 350-400 (400-450) g Wild Atlantic Yarns Oonagh 100% Merino (DK, 100 g = 225 m [246 yds]).
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