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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Designing an Aran sweater

Hi all: I am new to this blog, so I hope I am "blogging" correctly. I have several projects in mind that I need help with beginning. I would love to learn how to design my own Aran sweater, but first, I have a pattern for an Aran sweater that is designed to fit very loosely, and I wanted to make it more fitted to me. I already have supposedly the perfect yarn for this sweater (20 sts to 4", using size 7 needles), but I can not achieve gauge, even on a size 5 needle. The pattern consists of Charts A-E, and to achieve gauge, it says to knit Chart A. The pattern is written for separate pieces, and I want to knit it in the round. I know Richmond has several yarn shops that offer lessons to groups, but I wanted some one-on-one instruction. Do any of you know of someone who would be willing to work with me on this pattern to help me get going? I could probably do the rest of the sweater on my own, its just difficult for me to get started. You can leave me a comment here with your email address and I'd love to contact you. I live between Richmond and Charlottesville. Many thanks! Gwen

(phone number deleted by CAT, new sentence re: contact options added, to be on the safe side!!)


Mary in VA said...

Hi Gwen. I bet any yarn shop would be willing to set up some one-on-one lessons for you, but I immediately thought of this - http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/follow-the-leader-aran-knitalong . You could take these instructions on designing your own aran, and fit in the cables from the design you like. Hopefully you're on Ravelry to get to that link - if not you should sign up it's great!

Robin said...

I hope you find the help you are looking for, but on the being safe side you probably should remove your phone # from this post and put in an email address...there are so many crazy people out there these days. Be safe.