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Dawn explains why she designed her Zipped Up Aran Tunic..."I love the look of traditional arans, complete with deep "skirts" (welts), but wanted something longer to wear over tights or a skirt. I also love pullovers, but wanted a more flexible neck opening, for ease in dressing. All the patterns are kept close together at front and back, with seed stitch sides, which makes less visual and actual bulk at the underarms. I wanted the body patterns to grow from the welt patterns, with each welt section being somewhat different from its neighbor, but still relating to each other. The welt's cables are mirror images on left and right of the center. At the welt's center front, I closed the circle at the top of the column of upturned cables, which makes it look like a flower atop a column of leaves!"
This pattern is in written and charted forms, with the placket/neck shaping also shown in charted form, as the center front motif becomes adapted.
This pattern is in just one size - 45", adjustable with blocking to 49". I have included notes regarding which elements can be adapted to size the sweater up or down.
Sizes: one size
Chest: 45" (adjustable to 49" with blocking)
Sleeve Length, with folded cuff: 17.5"
Armhole Depth: 10"
Back Neck Width: 6.75", before collar
Neck Depth: 2.5", before collar
Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted, 85% wool / 15% mohair, 190 yds/4 oz pull skeins: 11 skeins #M-140 Aran
Gauges: 1. 19 sts and 24 rows = 4" (10 cm) in st st using size 8 ndls (or size to give gauge). 2. 18 sts and 31 rows = 4" (10 cm) in seed st using size 8 ndls (or size to give gauge).
Substitute Yarn Wt: Worsted to Heavy Worsted
Skill Level: Experienced, with ability to steek