Knitting Preview: January 15, 2022 Issue

rib sweater

We’ve gone traditional with a fisherman’s rib sweater this week.

Our sweater is worked in two contrasting yarns and shades to give it a contemporary look. It is perfect for men and women.

The yarns used are classic, too. We have used West Yorkshire Spinners The Croft Shetland Colours Aran in Sullom, with West Yorkshire Spinners The Croft Shetland Colours Tweed Aran in Clousta as contrast across the yoke.

As the name suggests, the yarn, made with 100% Shetland Island wool, is spun and dyed in West Yorkshire. The tweed features a fleck of colour to add interest.

If you would like to know more about these yarns, visit the West Yorkshire Spinners website.

rib sweater

Photograph by Ally Stuart.

The sweater comes in six sizes ranging from 76/81 cm (30/32 ins) to 127/132 cm (50/52 ins). Actual size is around 16/11 cm (6¼/4¼ ins) bigger.

If you prefer a looser, baggier fit then you may want to consider working up a size.

You create the textured pattern over a 4-row repeat, with a twist adding extra interest to the rib.

We have graded this as intermediate, but working the twist is the only tricky thing.

This is the perfect chill beater for this time of year.

We hope you love it, too.

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Liz O’Rourke

Liz is part of our Features Team and her hobbies include knitting and crafts, reading and foreign travel which are also her main responsibilities on the “Friend”. If you walk into the office you will soon spot her desk, it’s the one piled high with knitwear and balls of yarn!