Introducing The Barley Twist - A Beautiful Take On The Traditional Aran Sweater

Introducing Woolmakerlane,, an Irish Knitter from rural Ireland who had just completed her take on the traditional Irish Sweater using our 100% Pure New Wool 3-Ply Yarn:

"I live in a small cottage in rural Ireland with my family. We care for two lively alpacas and two sedentary cats. I love all things "textile" but particularly knitting aran patterns and spinning my alpaca's wool."

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Today my sweater, The Barley Twist, is ready for presentation and I have to say that I am extremely pleased with it. I wanted to knit a jumper using aran wool that gave a nod to aran design without being overcome with a pattern that was so dense with stitches that it was too heavy to wear. It’s a very simple shape with a roll neck, cuffs and base. The cable design, which goes up the front side, meets the same cable from the back of the jumper at the shoulder. I had been tempted to put a smaller cable up one of the sleeves but I’m glad now that I didn’t.

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I used Blarney Woollen Mills Aran Handknitting Wool which I bought in Bunratty last November. It’s a beautiful shade of creamy white and as a wool it is very strong. On a scale of softness from one to ten I would give it a six. The jumper was knitted on 5. 5mm needles so I do expect it to keep its shape and hopefully it won’t pill so easily as can happen with softer wools and looser knits.

I thought that I would have this jumper completed quickly but as I was knitting from scratch I had to be meticulous with measurements and numbers so it took a lot longer than anticipated. Luckily I’ve kept good notes so that if I wanted to make another it would be a much swifter affair. Alongside this creation other events requiring a quickly knitted hat or baby cardy kept coming up and so the inevitable diversions occurred.

I chose the name Barley Twist because the colour of the wool resembles growing barley and, of course, the twist part refers to the cables.

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I’m really looking forward to wearing it on a cool evening.

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