Just what an Aran yarn should be

There is a pattern on Ravelry called Fireside sweater –  a friend put me on to it before Christmas.  After a thorough bit of stashdiving I realised I would have to wait until the New Year before I could get my hands on some yarn.

The pattern is a wonderful celebration of cables that run up the front and then meander around the neck.  It is so beautifully thought out – where the buttons go, a detail to bring interest to the back neck. It really does need a special yarn.

The term aran in handknitting really does cover quite a range of yarns from chainette, to lofty tweed; from flat multi-ply to roving.  I decided that I didn’t want to go 100% wool but I did want my choice to be light.  Light but not too lofty because to do the cables justice I wanted them to look firm and constructed with good definition.
Eventually I settled on Artesano’s Aran which is 50% alpaca and 50% Peruvian highland wool.  The yarn comes in 32 colours from naturals to brights and everything in between.

Artesano are now producing their yarn on hanks which I really like.  You can get a good feel for a yarn while you are winding it off.  I had to drop a needle size to achieve the tension given but as a consequence I have a wonderful firm but soft fabric.  The yarn is lovely to knit with and seems to glide through my fingers.
The only downside is I haven’t got as far as I wanted because I had some other projects to finish off including 2 new patterns taht will be on Ravelry soon. But then I will be knitting like a woman possessed to finish it off.

1 comment on “Just what an Aran yarn should be

  1. Agree- I made Owlet in this yarn, it picks up the stitch detail beautifully, soft and lovely for the baby too.

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