Merlin Sweater Pattern
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Some historians believe that a character such as Merlin existed, a druid who was not only mystical but also a political advisor. The Merlin of legend was said to control a pair of dragons under the castle. In medieval literature, Merlin was trapped in the trunk of a tree by the Lady of the Lake after he taught her his magic secrets. This design features tree and leaf motifs in a traditional-looking Aran sweater with classic shaping and stitch pattern placement.
Work the sweater in pieces and then seam it all together for the final result. Use circular needles for accommodating a larger sized sweater.
Finished Size: 32½ (39½, 43,46½, 50½, 57½)" bust/chest circumference. Sweater shown measures 39½".
Yarn: Harrisville Designs Watershed (100% wool; 110 yd [120 m]/13/4 oz [50 g]); silver lake 11 (12, 14, 15, 16, 8) skeins.
Needles: Body and sleeves-size 6 (4 mm): 24" or longer circular (cir). Ribbing and neckband-size 5 (3.75 mm): 24" or longer cir and double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Markers (m); cable needle (cn); scrap yarn or stitch holders; tapestry needle.
Gauge: 18 sts and 26 rows = 4" in Double Seed st on larger needles; 24 sts of Hollow Oak chart = 43/4"; 15 sts of Leaf Cable chart = 23/4".
Originally Published: Enchanted Knits 2014
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