April 25, 2013 Update: The patterns for making the cables in the sweater are now provided in this post!
Here is another of those winter chores that never bore!
This is an aran crocheted sweater made with 100 percent Romney wool in worsted weight. This sweater was made in “extra large,” and used approximately 2000 yards of worsted wool. This wool and and others in different weights from fingerling to bulky, are available in our store.
Formerly, people said that aran sweaters could not be crocheted, that the intricate patterns created and admired on the fair green isle of Ireland could only be done with knitting needles. Recently, however, several books have come out showing that this technique can be replicated easily with the crochet hook and the results are lovely. The additional bonus is that while crochet does use more yarn than knitting, the resulting “fabric” is denser and more insulating.
At Meduseld, the Romney sheep fleeces have a very high sheen, which creates the glossy look to the yarn that you see in the photos. When we bought our first sheep, finding ones with top-of-the-line fleeces was important, and we have continued to breed that quality in our Romney line.