This is a hard-to-find Aran cardigan as it is knit on #6 needles in DK weight, a lighter weight than that used for most Arans. Galway is the result of customers’ requests from the 1960s in my first yarn shop.
The smaller needle paired with Aran patterns and the buttonholes worked in the Banjo Cable front bands all demand attention to detail and the expertise of an advanced knitter. But it is worth the effort! Galway showcases some of the best of the handsome patterns – Tree of Life, Wave of Honey, the Plait Cable, yielding a narrow vertical line, the Banjo Cable and the Seed Stitch. These ancient and exquisite patterns are framed with Twist Twos and separated, too, with one and two purl stitches on either side of each Aran pattern. These patterns show to best advantage, with dramatic stitch definition and clarity, knit in smooth worsted-spun DK yarns.
Designer note: I created more ease in the Raised Rib cuffs to help the garment hang straight – away from the body – at the bottom edge. So I added many more stitches to both the back and front cuffs. The Galway image does not show the added ease I've written in this new direction of 1.2014.