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Posted - 09/26/2004 :  06:45:44 AM  Show Profile Send edithcone a Private Message
Hi, What are your favorite yarns for aran sweaters? I've been considering Rowan Magpie, Jamieson's Aran or Jamieson's Soft Shetland. Is there a yarn that will give great stitch definition yet be comfortable to wear? I'd love to hear your opinions. For the amount of work that will be involved (probably A. Stamore's Inishmere), I don't want to be disappointed in how the yarn performs! Thanks.

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Posted - 09/26/2004 :  06:54:32 AM  Show Profile Send mbmoody a Private Message
I've stashed Magpie to make Inishmore with. Magpie's being discontinued, so if you want it, you should probably act quickly. It's a very nice yarn with good stitch definition. Soft Shetland is a bit lighter than a traditional aran yarn; it's closer to 5 stitches to the inch than 4 1/2. I haven't tried Jameison's Aran, although I've heard good things about it and plan to try it. I've also heard that Halcyon Yarns has a good aran yarn that's available in a lot of colors.

One reason I stashed Magpie for Inishmore is that the gauge is very tight. I haven't swatched the Magpie yet, but it's the yarn in the pattern, so I'm willing to try it. It may be impossible to get gauge with a denser aran weight. I swatched Soft Shetland and had to pull tight to get gauge. Cascade 220 is also a bit lighter than an aran weight, but might work because the gauge is so tight. I think you need a heavy yarn knit tightly to make the pattern stand out.
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Posted - 09/26/2004 :  08:43:57 AM  Show Profile  Visit Shelia's Homepage Send Shelia a Private Message
I've used Rownspun Aran and gotten gauge easily, and the stitch definition is good. The colors are all heathered, though, so you may or may not like them.

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Posted - 09/26/2004 :  09:16:19 AM  Show Profile Send edithcone a Private Message
Thanks, mbmoody, I meant Inishmore. I was wondering about the gauge myself. I think it's 22 st./4" over Moss stitch for the pattern. I've found a few sources for Magpie so maybe I'll bite the bullet and get it. I had originally bought some beautiful Pingouin Coeur de Laine in a powder blue, 100% wool and a gauge of 18 st./4". However, I decided I want a traditional look so I'm going to do it in a natural/cream colour instead. Coeur de Laine is beautiful and has great stitch definition but is maybe a little soft for a traditional aran.
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Posted - 09/26/2004 :  11:22:20 AM  Show Profile Send SusanT a Private Message
I've done cable work with Mission Falls 1824 Wool which is a classic aran weight. It's very soft but has great stitch definition and is machine washable. Mission Falls comes in a wide variety of colors including the classic natural creamy color.
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