In my last post I talked about the Rowan Aran family and the differences between the three aran-weight yarns, which are knitting to the same gauge and are therefore interchangeable.
Martin Storey has designed 13 designs for two of these yarns: the new Rowan Super Fine Merino Aran and the hand-painted Rowan Fine Art Aran. These designs for both men and women are published in the brochure Easy Aran Knits.
The design Thornton is a raglan sweater with a roll back collar and shown here in the stunning shade 006 Rouge. I immediately knew that I will knit that sweater after I got the brochure. First it is a basic garment every man need to have in his wardrobe. Second the roll back collar and third the colour.
Thinking of this, I remembered I have some Fine Art Aran in shade sitting in my stash, waiting for a project. And because both yarns are interchangeable and this design is for every day wear, I decided to knit it twice.
While waiting for the Super Fine Merino Aran to come to my place, I knitted the design in Fine Art Aran in shade 550 Fandango. I have to go down a needle size as so often and used 4mm (US 6) needles.
Then I knitted it in Super Fine Merino Aran and I used the same shade Rouge as in the brochure. This time I have to use the recommended 4,5mm (US 7) to achieve gauge.
Here are the results:
Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
I shall smile when wreaths of snow
Blossom where the rose should grow;
I shall sing when night’s decay
Ushers in a drearier day.
4 thoughts on “Thornton by Martin Storey ~ Autumnal Knitting”
I think the red one is most flattering.
You know I love Fine Art Aran…..and the one in FAA looks great! BUT, as Janet says, the Rouge one really suits you and jumps out! Maybe the Fandango one needs darker jeans or slacks…brown maybe? Great job on both sweaters Konrad!
Can’t go wrong with a red roll neck. Looks fab on you.
Good to know that the yarn gauges are similar! Both looks nice on you.
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