Better Sweater No. 9: Brighton


Well, it's a Christmas Eve miracle! Brighton is DONE! I was really hoping to finish this baby before the New Year and am so pleased that I did. I began this jumper in September 2016, just after getting married and starting my last year of graduate school. I worked away at it very very slowly in the interim. It's a fun and mostly uncomplicated pattern and one that I recommend. Here are a few of my edits:

Front and back panels: I knit these longer than what the pattern calls for since I didn't want a cropped look. 

Back panel: Did absolutely no shaping on the back panel as I wanted this to have more of an A-line loose fit. I knit it to be slightly longer than the front panel by a few rows.

Sleeves: Did only a few increases since I have small arms and didn't want wide sleeves. I had to mess around with the sleeve cap shaping given that I did not have the same number of stitches as the pattern.

Stitching it together: I love the look of a split side seam at the bottom. The two panels didn't quite match up so it was good that I'd pre-planned keeping the ribbing separate. 

Overall, I really like this sweater. The lapped shoulders are very fun and nothing I've ever done before. I'm super into it!

More images and info about the pattern over on the project page


One Aran Jumper, Please & Thank You!


Clockwise from top right: 1. Dreams of Aran by Drops // 2. Honeycomb Aran by Paton Yarnspirations (Free!) // 3. Aran Pullover Sweater by Lion Brand // 4. Backbay by Jared Flood

As I'm writing this post the temperature outside is approximately 1 bazillion. I live in the Bay Area where one can expect fairly temperate weather year-round, but in the last few days we've had the craziest heatwave. I'm talking 75 degrees at 9pm, conditions practically unheard of in these parts. SoCal weather, you know? I can't shut up about it, much to the annoyance of my Midwestern boyfriend. I know Indian Summer blah blah blah but this is just so hot!

And the sweater that I can't get out of my head? A thick wooly Fisherman's jumper! Ouch! We can blame this adorable pic of Elenore from Earthsprout.com for the inspiration.

The history of the Aran jumper is actually quite cool (no pun intended ;)). The name comes from the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland. Traditionally, Aran sweaters were knit from 100% unscoured wool, called báinín in Gaelic, (read: full of waxy Lanolin making them essentially water resistant and perfect for folks out at sea) and featured intricate cabling patterns. From Wikipedia:

Some stitch patterns have a traditional interpretation, often of religious significance. The honeycomb is a symbol of the hard-working bee. The cable, an integral part of the Aran islander's daily life, is said to be a wish for safety and good luck when fishing. The diamond is a wish of success, wealth and treasure. The basket stitch represents the basket, a hope for a plentiful catch.

The pattern roundup above consists of some of my favorite Aran's in my Ravelry library. I hope to knit Backbay in the New Year when the weather cools down a bit. 'Til then I'll admire these beauts from afar.