Designer: Sarah Solomon
Coombe Aran is a top-down raglan sweater with a timeless texture. Follow the ease guidelines to get either a relaxed classic fit or a more contemporary oversized fit and choose from two styles of sleeves to make it your own: a graceful balloon sleeve with slightly gathered cuff, or a traditional tapered sleeve. Instructions are given to help you match our sample but because this sweater is knit top-down, body and sleeve lengths are fully adjustable and even the collar can be customized to suit you exactly.
A (B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I)
Bust: 36 ½ (41 ¼, 45 ¾, 50 ¼, 54 ¾, 59 ½, 64, 68 ½, 73 ¼)" / 92.5 (105, 116, 127.5, 139, 151, 162.5, 174, 186) cm
This garment is intended to be worn with 8–16" / 20.5–40.5 cm positive ease
Shown in size D modeled with 16" / 40 cm positive ease
Harrisville Designs Shear Merino Dorset Aran Weight
100% undyed American Wool/210 yards per 100 g skein
For Balloon sleeve:
4 (5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 8, 8) skeins or 768 (863, 969, 1028, 1161, 1250, 1405, 1533, 1637) yards of Aran weight yarn
For Tapered sleeve:
4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8) skeins or 725 (818, 906, 965, 1094, 1183, 1320, 1442, 1546) yards of Aran weight yarn
Main Fabric Needle Needle: US 9 (5.50 mm): 16"and 32" / circular, and dpns, if preferred for small circumference knitting.
Ribbing Needle: US 7 (3.75 mm): 16" / 40 cm and 32" / 80 cm circular, and DPNs, if preferred for small circumference knitting.
Blocked Gauge 14 sts and 24 rnds = 4" / 10 cm in Circular Double Garter Rib on Main Fabric Needle, after wet-blocking
Waste yarn or spare needles
Crochet hook (optional, for underarm cast on)
Knitting in the round
Chart reading (optional)
Crochet Cast On
Backward Loop Cast-on
German Short Rows
This sweater is worked in the round, from the top down, with raglan shaping.
• Neckline is shaped with German short rows but another short row method may be substituted if you prefer.
• We recommend wet blocking to confirm the lengths as you go. Always measure straight down in the center of the piece.
• For the first washing of this yarn we recommend using a mild dish soap like Dawn or Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap. The fabric will soften and bloom dramatically. Be sure to block your swatch in the same manner as you will treat the garment to get an accurate gauge reading.
• With a few small modifications, this sweater can be made entirely seamless and reversible. Use waste yarn and the crochet chain provisional cast on for body underarm stitches and when you are ready to start your sleeves you will return the provisional sts to your sleeve needle, adjust the stitch count if necessary and knit your sleeves seamless out of the body. For the neckline, picking up through half of the cast on edge will yield a neat result on both sides of the sweater.
• Instructions are provided for the 1x1 Rib Sewn Bind Off but it may be challenging to work due to the uneven nature of this yarn. Binding off in loosely in pattern is easy to work and will yield a very clean result.