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A wonderful family heirloom blanket knit in traditional Aran knitting panels.
All one piece, no sewing, designed by Edel MacBride.
“What can I say ….absolutely stunning! A fantastic design by Edel MacBride’ found on her Knitfield Ravelry Store. Appropriately named Ulster Blanket. Sure to become a family heirloom.“ Louise Williamson, Light House Yarns.
The Kit Includes:
1200 yards of Aran worsted weight Donegal Aran wool hanks
(we will include at least 10% more than needed)
Needles USED One pair of 5mm, 35cm long straight needles or 5.5mm if usually a tight knitter.
You may choose to work on circular needles. (Needles are NOT included)
A cable needle, there are no large cables so this may not be needed.
There is no sewing so you only need to darn any loose ends or joins.
Finished Size 24 x 56 in (62 x 132 cm) in merino sample shown
Average to good Aran Knitting skills required (not a beginner project, but as Each Aran stitch is written separately in a directory format, someone reconnecting to knitting or learning Aran could use this to practice)
The Aran stitches are written individually and provide a good library to use on sweaters too.
Sweater Sizing Guide for Edel MacBride
These are the actual garment measurements.
Chest is measured under the point where the sleeve and body meet.
Length is measured from the centre shoulder point to below the waist.
Sleeve here is the underarm length of the sleeve including the cuff.
More measurements may be given in the garment description.
How to care for me
Maybe you’ve never owned one of me before?
Here’s my experience so far;
I’d prefer not to be stuck in that dark press but when I must go in there just roll me up loosely first.
I don’t need much washing although my Italian cousins say that I’m a gorgeous natural thing and washing improves me!
When washing make it no higher than 30 degrees and please only a wool recommended detergent. Squeeze all the water out after handwashing me, even roll me up in a towel to do this! Dry me flat on my back.
Keep direct sunlight away from my cables!
Edel and many of her long-term clients machine wash my friends. Hopefully they never put them in the drum at higher than 30 degrees or with nasty biological stuff!!!! The horror.
I’m terrified of the tumble dryer, please never do that to me.
Through Summer if you don’t need me (I hope you will), store me in an airtight zip bag please and I’ll get a rest with no disruption. I hope to spend a lifetime with you, but if you want to give me to a friend or send me to a charity store for a break that’s OK.
My wool is so healthy to wear and antibacterial, plus you’ll be living off the compliments.
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