Aiden for Free!

I’m delighted to announce that my new pattern, Aiden, has been uploaded on Ravelry.

Aiden Promo 1, cropped

Designed exclusively for River City Yarns in Edmonton, Alberta Canada, this unisex zippered Henley features their worsted-weight Epic yarn (100% virgin wool; 200 yards/100 grams).

The lower body is worked in stockinette stitch in rounds to the armholes, at which point the front and back are divided and worked separately to the shoulders in a woven slip-stitch pattern that’s not too fancy for a guy but offers enough interest for the knitter. The shoulders are joined (the only seams in the sweater!), then stitches are picked up around the armholes for the sleeves, and the sleeve caps are worked in worked back and forth in short-rows in the same stitch pattern as the upper body. Then the stitches are joined and the sleeves are worked in stockinette stitch in rounds to the bind off at the cuffs.

Stitches are picked up around the neck opening for the stand-up collar, which is also worked in the the woven slip-stitch pattern. For added warmth (and to hide the zipper tape), the collar is lined with a simple knit-three-purl-one ribbed pattern that matches the ribbing on the lower body and sleeve cuffs. For a tidy finish, three-stitch extensions of the lining are worked to hide the rest of the zipper tape on the wrong sides of the fronts.

To celebrate this new design, I’m holding a raffle. Respond to this post by telling me who you’d knit this sweater for. I’ll use a random-number generator to choose three (3!) names and announce the lucky winners Thursday, August 11.