Aran knitting can seem daunting to some people, with all those fancy stitches, although I am sure we would all agree it can look very impressive.
So, what would be a good introduction to knitting with Aran, incorporating a couple of stitches, without worrying too much about shapes, decreasing, increasing and all that jazz?
What about an Aran Wristwarmer? It's relatively easy to knit as it is just an oblong, but by adding some simple Aran stitches you can have a nice warm winter wooly for people to admire.
I chose two stitches, a "Moss Stitch" which is one of my favourites, and a double cable stitch. The moss stitch would be the underside of the glove, while the cables ran across the top of the hand.
And the finished product :)
And here is the pattern for you, hope you enjoy it :)
You will need:
· Pair of 5.5mm needles
· Cable Needle
· Large hole darning needle
· 100g ball of Aran wool in the colour of your choice
· Using the thumb method cast on 40 stitches.
· ROW ONE: *K2 P2 (Repeat from * to end)
· ROW TWO: *P2 K2 (Repeat from * to end)
· Repeat Rows ONE & TWO 5 more times in total
We will now be working with two different patterns, the underside of the wristwarmer will be “Moss Stitch”, while the upper side will be a double cable design. Both are knitted within the one piece.
MOSS STITCH (to be worked over the first 19 stitches on the left hand Wristwarmer & the last 19 on the right hand one.
· ROW ONE & TWO: K1 *P1 K1 (Repeat from * to end)
· ROW THREE & FOUR: P1 *K1 P1 (Repeat from * to end)
· Repeat these 4 rows
DOUBLE CABLE (to be worked over the last 21 stitches on the left hand Wristwarmer & the first 21 on the right hand one.
· ROW ONE: P3, K6, P3, K6, P3
· ROW TWO: P21
· ROW THREE: P3, Slip 3 to cable needle & hold at back, K3, K3 from cable needle, P3, Slip 3 to cable needle and hold at front, K3, K3 from cable needle, P3
· ROW FOUR: P21
· Repeat these 4 rows
· Work until your wristwarmer measures around 7”, cast off and leave a length of wool for sewing up.
· Fold the glove in half lengthways & sew the sides up from the bottom for 3.5”.
· Rejoin your thread to the top & sew 1.5” down, leaving a 2” gap for the thumb.
· Sew in your ends.