Merlin Sweater by Anne Podlesak

Merlin Sweater

July 2014
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in Double Seed st on larger needles
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1210 - 1980 yards (1106 - 1811 m)
32½ (39½ , 43, 46½ , 50½ , 57½ )" bust/chest circumference. Sweater shown measures 39½ ".
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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.


  • The sweater is worked in pieces and seamed. Circular needles are suggested, particularly for the larger sizes, to accommodate the larger number of stitches.
  • To make seaming easier, when working the body, slip the first stitch of every row purlwise with yarn in back on RS rows and with yarn in front on WS rows, and knit the last stitch of every row.

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