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EZ’s Aran Coat


Rowan Yorkshire Tweed Chunky in Stout
This weekend I cast on for the Aran Coat from Knitting Around by Elizabeth Zimmermann. The coat features a stitch pattern of EZ’s own design called Sheepsfold. (Grab your copy of Knitting Around and turn to page 164 to read the back-story of this stitch pattern.) I used Meg Swansen’s method of planning an Aran garment, sketching a circular schematic on paper to decide the placement and stitch count of the patterns. Based on my gauge and the number of stitches to cast on to achieve my desired coat circumference, I replace the Fishbone pattern with the Ribbon Cable from The Opinionated Knitter. I’m really enjoying the Sheepsfold pattern, the way it moves back and forth, watching it grow. The sweater becomes a coat by cutting down the front of the body/hood and adding wide garter-stitch borders and toggle ties. Knitting around on US 10 circular needles with chunky tweedy yarn – I think I’ve found the perfect winter project.

12 thoughts on “EZ’s Aran Coat

  1. I’d say! The color and that yarn scream cozy winter project!

  2. I’m dying to make an Aran Coat, but I don’t really have reason to own one in this climate. I’ll be interested to watch yours grow.

  3. our climate is to hot here as well, but this looks like the perfect knit to have in your lap during the cool winter months. not to mention something you could and would wear all of the time.

  4. Oooh, pretty and woolly. This will be a fun project to watch!

  5. This is going to be beautiful! It looks really cozy.

  6. I love that pattern! I am looking forward to watching your progress on your (perfect) winter project!

  7. Beautiful! I can’t wait to see your progress pics.

  8. The coat will be a lovely winter project! I hope you are able to knit on it and be able to wear it while the weather still cooperates 🙂

  9. Oh, I’ve been dying to cast on for this but I haven’t had the nerve yet! That yarn is yummy!

  10. Oooh, lovely tweediness! This is going to be gorgeous!

  11. i don’t have the book so can’t check the pattern but it sounds lovely and this looks like a great start.

  12. Beautiful, dark and earthy.
    Can’t wait to see more 🙂

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