WIP – Midsummer Aran Sweater

Friends, I have a problem. A knitting problem, in case you hadn’t figured that out. I was going along just fine, getting some work done on projects that I actually have to finish, when I got the new Interweave Knits Magazine in the mail. I fell in love with EVERY SINGLE PROJECT, but especially the Midsummer Aranย (photo from the Interweave magazine):

ImageI decided to use the leftover Caron SImply Soft in Passion (from the striped blanket) and pretty much immediately cast on:

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I love this color, and the yarn is really soft, so I’m looking forward to being able to test it out. I also love that it’s knit in one piece to the arms – seams can be useful in construction but generally they’re a pain, especially when lace is involved. I’m a perfectionist (as are most knitters), and I will obsessively take out and re-sew a seam if the lace panels don’t match. The middle cable is beautiful, and now that the husband sweater is all done, I needed a new cable project:

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I’m so excited to finish it! And after that…I’ll be making every other pattern in this issue :P.

10 thoughts on “WIP – Midsummer Aran Sweater

    • Thank you! I just can’t pull off that color green, it is NOT a good color on me :P. It got pushed back with graduation gifts to be made, but I’m planning on working on it for the plane trip back :).

  1. I came across your page on a Google search for the sweater. I am having some difficulties with the pattern. I am not new to knitting so am not sure why I am having such difficulties. Would you be willing to give me alittle help?

      • Oh my gosh thank you for the reply :) I have just started it. I got the ribbing done and added up the stitches and it calls for more stitches then the pattern shows. At the start of the pattern it tells me to cast on 248 for my size. Then when you start the body I added up the stitches it should be 302. I have been over and over the pattern. I am sure I am reading it wrong but cannot figure out where.

      • Well without being able to see it, it’s hard to tell, but there don’t appear to be any increases indicated, so the counts should be the same as the cast on. I do see that a whole lot of people have had trouble with this pattern on Ravelry, so I would definitely suggest checking there to see if anyone’s made notes about the size you’re making. Other than that, a trick I sometimes do is get out a piece of graph paper and map out the stitches for myself (if you have knitting design software, it’s very easy to plug in there) – I’m a really visual thinker so sometimes having the full chart laid out in front of me helps! You might also try highlighting the directions for JUST your size in the magazine, or re-writing the instructions in a word program (or long form) to include only your size. If all that fails, I usually just fudge the pattern, but if you’re not comfortable with that, your local yarn shop will probably have some kind of weekly knitting group that meets, and getting some hands on help there will probably fix it! Hope these suggestions help! I’m hoping to pick this sweater up again at some point in the near future so if I have any insights when I do that, I’ll follow up ๐Ÿ˜Š.

      • Thank you so much for your response. I count all my stitches within the pattern before starting. And even using the first size indicated the numbers do not match up. I think I will go to the knitting shop and seeing if they can see what I am doing wrong. Thank you so much for your help. And I’m glad I found your blog.

      • Of course! I wish I could take a look and see if I could figure it out. It sounds like you’re doing everything right, so I’d definitely try the yarn shop. It’s where I go when I need help. Or when I just need some knitting company! And thanks, I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog! I don’t always write about knitting but it’s my first love for sure ๐Ÿ˜Š.

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