Aran Wrap Cardigan

Yesterday we woke up to a snowstorm.  It’s really only our first or second storm this year, which is highly unusual for this part of the country.   I know I have complained about too much snow in the past (especially last year), but I have been waiting for this for months!  We have pretty much had a brown winter, so I am enjoying the winter wonderland.  All the schools are closed and I am content to hole up in the studio today.  I would also like to get out and snowshoe at least once before it melts away.

In other exciting news, the strike-offs for my Seaside Cottage line arrived.  This is the first time I have seen the prints on fabric, so it is always interesting to see how they look on fabric, compared to just seeing the digital files or the cads.  As you can see, I have been going through and making a list of the changes I would like worked on.  They always need a little tweaking, so this is just part of the process of getting the colors right.  Sometimes they need a lot of tweaking, so I am glad to see the list is short.

I also have a knitting project to share.   I think it has probably been 3 months since I have blogged about any knitting, so that is quite a dry spell for me.  I usually do my knitting at night, and early on in my pregnancy I was tired and headachy by about 8:30 and it really seemed to cut into my knitting time.   It’s pretty pathetic, I know.  I have never been the type to just sit around at night or just do nothing, but I have to admit that’s what I did many of the nights.

When I did start knitting again, I decided I needed a bit of a challenge.

One with just a few cables . . .

I decided on this cardigan – with both horizontal and vertical cables.

The yarn is Vintage, by Madelintosh.  The colorway is called Tart.  It’s a beautiful hand-dyed red, with some black dye added in for depth.

The pattern is the Aran Wrap Sweater from Vogue Knitting, Fall 2008.  (Ravelry link here).   I loved all the cables across the back of the sweater, which is what first drew me to the design.

My only issue was the front of the sweater.  It is really cute styled with a belt, as shown in the pattern.

But, when I started looking at everyone’s projects on Ravelry, I could see just how much excess fabric is hiding under that belt.  I knew that would drive me crazy – as I would constantly be rearranging everything.

This issue kept me from starting the pattern, until I saw the September Sweater on Ravelry – I particularly liked this link on Ravelry.  The following pictures are from that link.   The back is quite similar to the Aran Wrap Cardigan.

But look at the front – cute and simple, without all the excess fabric.  I decided to try to combine the two patterns.  This turned out to be much more challenging than I thought.  After several false starts, I finally got the stitches cast on.  It was quite slow going, as I had to re figure everything as I went along.  It took forever and many times I put off working on it because it just hurt my brain! (remind me never to do this much changing to a pattern again!)

So, after something like 5 months, I finally have a finished sweater. 

It’s hard for me to tell if I like the sweater, because of the bump.  I can’t tell if it fits or not – and a large, cabled sweater and a baby bump don’t exactly flatter each other, if you know what I mean.

This side profile shows just how far that bump sticks out and the cables seem to make it look even bigger!

I’m guessing I will end up adding a button closure, but I will decide next fall when I can start wearing it.

This picture shows a close-up of the cables that wrap up and around the neck.  I have since taken the left side apart and redone it.  This is a 16 stitch cable, which means it isn’t symmetrical.  I was wondering about it as I was working it on, but once it was done I could see that it needed to be redone.  The cables now match so you don’t see that awkward line of purls along the left side as shown below.

I am SO glad to finally have it done, so I can start something smaller . . .  and blue.

(I’ve already started two baby sweaters and finished one hat.  They are so quick and addicting that I am really enjoying the smaller projects – and it won’t be three months until my next knitting post 😉 ).

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49 Responses to Aran Wrap Cardigan

  1. Elizabeth S. says:

    I love it! It’s gorgeous and you don’t even notice your baby bump.

  2. Lucy says:

    What a beautiful sweater!!! I love the way it turned out! Oh to be able to knit like that!


  3. karen says:

    I think the sweater and the baby bump look great together!

  4. Marcia says:

    You are amazing! The sweater is beautiful. Now I want to see the baby sweaters! Your fabrics are wonderful, too — I’m excited about the greys mixed in! Best of all though…………the baby bump!

  5. Kris Bair says:

    Lovely job – baby bump and all look terrific!!!!!!

  6. marsha nelson says:

    The sweater is just beautiful and you look lovely in it. I’m so glad there is pink and grey in your new line. Stay warm.

  7. Nancy says:

    Oh my gosh Heather, that sweater is completely gorgeous!!! I love knitting, something so relaxing about the sounds and motions, but geez lady….I truly don’t know how you do a project like that. I so enjoy your knitting posts, even though quilting is the thing I love the most, but I’m constantly amazed by your knitting skills. I think this is my favorite of the sweaters I have seen so far, including your choice of yarn. The color and detail of this one just take my breath away. Thanks so much for sharing with us. ……Do we get to see any of the baby things you’ve completed?
    *Speaking of baby, I think the cardigan is perfect with your ‘bump’!
    Can’t wait to see your new fabric line. Big hugs…

  8. Julie in WA says:

    Your cardigan is GORGEOUS! I sure wish I could knit like that! Your bump is pretty cute too!

  9. Sandi says:

    The cardigan is incredible. I have no idea how to knit, so I just watch what people create and drool. As for the bump, with the black shirt, the cardigan open, and looking straight on, it was completely unnoticeable until you mentioned it. And when it was noticeable, it was absolutely adorable!

  10. Pat says:

    What a beautiful cardigan. I envy your capabilities. Can’t wait to see the baby knits!!!!

  11. karen says:

    You are an amazing knitter and that sweater is gorgeous and I love the bump 🙂

  12. KnittyNut says:

    This sweater is absolutely gorgeous!

  13. LJ says:

    Your sweater is a beauty! I never could knit well and hardly ever see anyone who does. You do it up in spades!!

  14. Chris says:

    As many have already said, amazing!! You look adorable in it, baby bump and all.

  15. Kaye M. says:

    What a beautiful sweater and you look terrific in it! You are such a multi-talented gal!

  16. It’s very pretty, and I admire your talent in being able to modify the pattern in that way!

  17. The colors in your new collection are very beautiful Heather – my favorite of all your lines,

  18. Bari Jo says:

    This sweater is gorgeous – what an amazing work of art! And I LOVE it with the bump! Just caught up on your blog and so excited to hear your little one is doing so well and is a boy! So exciting! Thank you for all of the info on scallops!!! They freak me out but I want to try them! Love all the color you do in your decorating and quilts; its all so pretty! Can’t wait to see your nursery!!! And the blue things you are making! :O)

  19. Rhonda says:

    Loving your sweater; such a fabulous color! Cute baby bump too.

    When is the new line available? Love the colors/prints!

  20. mariajhmom says:

    That is fabulous!!! You even impressed Brucie!!! He wants to know when you’re publishing a knitting book.

  21. Monika says:

    Your sweater is beautiful! I really love it. I can’t wait for your new line of fabric to come out! I already have fabric for several quilts from several of your lines. Keep up the good work!

  22. Karen says:

    Heather — The sweater is stunning — all those cables and that color ! And your new fabric is beautiful as well — so very happy that all is well with you — snow, bump and all ; )

    Thanks for sharing.

  23. cdnquilter says:

    Heather – your sweater is fantastic and inspiring. I fell in love with the same cardigan in Vogue Knitting, bought yarn for the project, swatched and calculated and planned. But a little voice in the back of my head kept saying ‘Um, are you sure?’ I finally decided that the drapey front was too much for a short curvy gal and shelved the project. But your beautiful project has given me hope and inspiration. Thanks for excellent pictures and congratulations on a beautiful project. Congratulations on the other fantastic project you are working on, too!

  24. AnnieO says:

    Um, I wouldn’t call GROWING A BABY sitting around doing nothing 🙂 Love the strikeoffs and your sweater looks wonderful. I think it frames that baby bump perfectly!

  25. Carrie says:

    The baby bump is so totally wonderful that you could be wearing a shredded burlap sack and you’d still be beautiful. That said, your sweater is gorgeous… and congratulations for the original design.

    Asfor the rest, I don’t know which is prettier, the Seaside Cottage or the snowstorm. I hope you understand that I am looking forward to the first one a whole lot more than the second. Brrrrrr.

  26. Love your new fabrics but even more your new sweater! And I think it looks great with a little bump too. 🙂

  27. Awesome! Love the cables! Thanks for sharing this project with us! Sweater looks fabulous with the baby bump:)

  28. Lisa in NC says:

    I love the pattern as you did it so much better than the two you combined. Is it possible for you to publish your pattern? You look amazing in the sweater now! Why wait till next year to wear it? A button on the front would flatter your beautiful bump even more! Wear it and be proud!

  29. Auntie Em says:

    Your sweater is amazing. I am just a beginner knitter and I am in awe that you could overhaul such a complicated pattern and still make it come out just right!

  30. Kathryn Gagne says:

    Wow!!! Absolutely gorgeous. What a great job you did considering all you had to do to modify it. Would have taken me 6yrs (lol). Congratulations and the baby bump is pretty darn wonderful too

  31. Megan Z. says:

    Wow! That sweater is beautiful, the color is gorgeous! Thanks for the picture of your snow. We don’t get a lot of snow here in Ohio, but we’ve been especially void of it this year – what a strange, strange winter – at least I can live vicariously through your photo 🙂 Have a great day!

  32. Pam says:


  33. QuilterCaroline says:

    The cardigan is absolutely amazing – just beautiful! It looks wonderful on you, enjoy wearing it.

  34. Rita Nichols says:

    That sweater is the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. The color is absolutely my favorite and oh the work that went into it, WOW! You have a masterpiece to be proud of! Love that bump, I’m so happy for you.

  35. Regina Chronister says:

    wow your sweater is awesome, how do you do it all like that so much talent. I am so happy for you and your family about your upcoming bundle.

  36. Your finished sweater is beautiful. I do hope you publish it because I love cables and would love to make it. But I do not have the talent you have to combine 2 sweaters to one pattern. thank you for sharing. I am in awe!

  37. Kerstin says:

    Great! I started again with knitting, but I have choosen a simple project :-‘)
    Liebe Grüße

  38. Robin Chapa says:

    No Way!!! Those cables show off your baby bump! What a great way to frame your greatest accomplishments and let them call attention to each other. It’s absolutely darling!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. Sharon W says:

    Like everyone has already said, that sweater is amazing. My knitting consisted of just knit and purl. Sit and rest as much as you can now. In a few months those days will be over. ;0)

  40. Diana P says:

    You have talent!! Love that sweater! You look great. : )

  41. deb c says:

    I love that you changed it and made it your own. its outstanding and extremely tricky, what you’ve done with the design. I think you’ve made the progression to officially be considered a knitting designer as well. is the reference to “blue” a hint?

  42. Tina McNamara says:

    Beautiful sweater. It is amazing how you are able to change up a pattern like that. You are so talented. Also, ANYTHING goes with a baby bump.

  43. TheaM says:

    love your version – with or w/o your bump!
    it fits beautifully and looks really comfy, too!
    congrats on your upcoming special ‘blue’ event!

  44. Kathy says:

    Heather, your sweater is absolutely gorgeous! And it looks great on you! I am so impressed by how well it fits. . .I love to knit, but I’m not always happy with the results. And your new fabric line is exquisite! I look forward to having an opportunity to purchase it and create something beautiful.

  45. Connie says:

    That sweater is just gorgeous and I love the color. Nothing cuter than a baby bump, no matter what you’re wearing! Enjoy.

  46. janine b says:

    congrats on the baby bump – hope all goes well 🙂
    as for the cardie – well, i just love it!

  47. Silvia says:

    It’s really beautiful!!! Love the colour! Hugs

  48. Leigh Ann says:

    I have been looking and hoping that you would post a pattern of this incredible cardigan to no avail. Is there any chance you have created one? Thanks so much.

    • Thanks for checking – but I didn’t make any notes on my alterations. It’s been so long since I made it, that I have no idea what I did anymore. Sorry about that! I wish I had a better answer for you, but thanks for the nice comments on the changes!

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