Herald Sweater


Small – Underarm 91cm. Waist 82cm. Length at centre ex edging 54.5cm.
Medium – Underarm 100cm. Waist 91cm. Length at centre ex edging 56.5cm.
Large – Underarm 109cm. Waist 100cm. Length at centre ex edging 58.5cm.
X Large – Underarm 1117.5cm. Waist 109cm. Length at centre ex edging 60cm.
XX Large – Underarm 126.5cm. Waist 117.5cm. Length at centre ex edging 62cm.

This kit includes a colour-printed pattern card with full instructions in all sizes and all the yarn required to make Herald Sweater in your chosen size.

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Moths are often imagined to be the drab relatives of butterflies. There are a few who fit that bill, not least the dreaded clothes moth, but there are also thousands of species of beautiful moths who do us no harm and who grace the world with their presence. I find them all the more alluring because they are often hard to find: most are night-fliers and many are confined to specific habitats. I am lucky enough to have a large garden as well as a croft by the sea and miles of moorland around. This means that with patience I can find a wide variety of species, each one a source of wonder and delight.

I thought it was time to create designs in wool based on some of these exquisite creatures. With so many gorgeous and varied moths around, it was hard to choose which one to begin with and so I decided to start with the first one I found when I walked out of the door: it was a Herald, dormant under a strawberry plant in the garden. Its colours are warm and harmonious and its patterns subtle and delicate; but the features that makes it unmistakable are its indented and scalloped wingtips which are perfectly accentuated in a deep, rich purple shade.

I translated the essence of the Herald Moth into various items which can be worn separately or together. The sweater shown here is lightly shaped with attention drawn to the curved and scalloped hemline layers. The cuffs are likewise scalloped and feature one of several abstract colour-patterns I created especially for it. This is an intriguing project for knitters of intermediate to expert skills.



Images showing the Herald Sweater combined with the Herald Accessory Kit.