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HIRAETHsweater

Hiraeth - is a Welsh word for longing or nostalgia, an earnest longing or desire, or a sense of regret. The feeling of longing for a home that no longer exists or never was. A deep and irrational bond felt with a time, era, place or person.

HIRAETH is a very special sweater to me. It is worked out of a wonderful rustic yarn that is produced by a small business in city that I love: Marburg, Hesse, Germany. A place which I will always keep very dear in my heart. My HIRAETH sweater reminds me of the wonderful time I spent there and gives me the feeling of coming back home whenever I wear it.

HIRAETH is worked seamlessly from the top down: You cast on stitches for the neckline and shape it with short rows. After the yoke is finished you divide your stitches and work the body and the sleeves separately in the round. The pattern includes instructions with and without waist shaping for you to choose.

View the Ravelry pattern page here.

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Two pieces of fabric with measurements on the side.

SIZES

2XS (XS S M) (L XL 2XL) (3XL 4XL 5XL)

with bust circumference of finished garment
76.5 (82, 91, 100) (109, 118, 124.5) (130, 141, 146.5) cm
30.25 (32.25, 35.75, 39.25) (42.75, 46.25, 49) (51.25, 55.5, 57.75) "

HIRAETH sweater is intended to be worn with 2-4cm / 0.75-1.5" of positive ease around the bust.

A ball of yarn with knitting needles stuck in it.

YARN

Main Color:
3 (3, 4, 4) (4, 5, 5) (6, 6, 7) skeins or 270 (290, 330, 360) (400, 450, 490) (520, 560, 610) g of Raincloud & Sage Origin (100g, 200m /219yds, 100% German merino) in color cream
Contrast Color:
1 skein or 60 (65, 70, 75) (80, 80, 85) (85, 90, 100) g of Raincloud & Sage Origin (100g, 200m /219yds, 100% German merino) in color natural dye 02

Please note that these values are only estimates. Changes in yarn or gauge as well as changes of the pattern can result in a different yardage.

An abtracted illustration of a gauge swatch.

GAUGE

18 sts and 28 rounds = 10cm / 4" after blocking.

Make sure to have to same gauge for the corrugated rib and the plain Stockinette. Some people need to use two different needle sizes for the different stitch patterns to achieve that.

Two knitting needles lying on top of each other.

NEEDLES

4.5mm needles (or size to obtain gauge with)

A scissor and a stitch holder.

TOOLS

A tapestry needle or crochet hook to weave in the ends and a stitch marker.

A piece of knitting fabric still on one needle

TECHNIQUES

  • knit and purl stitches
  • working in the round
  • working decreases
  • working increases
  • German Twisted Cast-On
  • Corrugated rib (like stranded colorwork but stitches in one color are purled)
  • German Short Rows
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DIFFICULTY

This design is perfectly is suited for advanced beginners. If you have knitted a sweater before, this may be a project to try stranded knitting for the first time. Or if you have done stranded knitting before, this is a perfect first sweater pattern.