I’ve just added the next pattern from to book to Ravelry – Killybegs.

(c) Joseph Feller

This design is very close to my heart, it was the very first one I completed for the book!  It took me ages (and much ripping) to get the top of the yoke just perfect.  Just the right amount of curve across the back from short rows without it becoming too high.

The cardigan is worked around a traditional honeycomb stitch cable pattern.  This is usually used as an accent panel but I’ve played with the structure so that all of the decreases are worked into the pattern around the yoke.  Its worked seamlessly from the bottom up.  The body and sleeves are both knit first of all, and then are joined at the yoke and worked in one piece.  The natural ‘drawing in’ quality of cables is used at the waist so that the increased cabling creates the waist shaping rather than decreases.

This pattern is worked up in Donegal Yarns ‘Aran Tweed’ (also sold as Studio Donegal and occasionally still under the Kilcarra label).  It’s a great color green that has fleck of orange and purple running through it.  As soon as I’m finished using the samples for my trunk show this cardigan is going straight in my wardrobe!

Finished bust circumference: 28.5 (32, 36, 40.5, 44.5, 48.5, 52.5)”/72.5 (81.5, 91.5, 103, 113, 123, 133.5) cm
Shown in size 36″/91.5cm

Donegal Yarns “Aran Tweed” (100% wool; 88 yd./80m per 50g skein); Color: Green (4824); 10 (11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16) skeins
NOTE: This yarn is also sold under the “Kilcarra” and “Studio Donegal” labels.
US 8 (5mm) circular needle, 32” (80cm) length (or longer for larger sizes), or size needed to obtain gauge
US 7 (4.5mm) circular needle, 32” (80cm) length (or longer for larger sizes)
US 8 (5mm) double-pointed needles
Cable needle
Removable stitch markers
Waste yarn
Tapestry needle
9-13 hook and eye closures

5 thoughts on “Killybegs

  1. I hope everyone buys the book for this sweater; it’s absolutely genius and fun to knit!

  2. My daughter has fallen in with this Killybegs cardigan . I am planning to knit it for her birthday but she is more interested for pullover with collar like the Ardara published in the same book that I brought. I am asking for a hint if the conversion is possible

  3. To convert a cardigan to a sweater it is easy for Killybegs. The front edges are designed to just meet at the middle so if you cast on the stitches and join in the round it will work well! You’ll need to take a little care at the yoke to remove the edges stitches before you work the chart so that it is continuous all around.

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