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by Sarah Stanfield September 09, 2020 3 min read

a black woman wearing a neutral sweater with black and white trousers leans against a wall
a black woman wearing an orange sweater with cabled hem walks away from the camera

Introducing Ysolda’s latest sweater design, Abbeyhill. Abbeyhill is the perfect handknit sweater and you can download it today as a PDF from both our online shop here at Ysolda as well as Ravelry. We love this design and hope it’ll become your new favourite handmade sweater too!

Kits available

Our newly restocked kits featuring Tukuwool Sock are now available here. These sold out quickly when we first listed them, so we were delighted that another delivery from Finland was possible in time for the pattern launch.

To account for price increases in Finnish fibre, Tukuwool informed us a little while back that they will be increasing the price per skein when their next batch is ready from the mill. When we ordered this most recent batch, we were delighted to see this increase has not yet come into effect. The next order of Tukuwool Sock will reflect the increase though. So the price you see today is slightly lower than future kits- we wanted you to enjoy that saving!

the hem of a rich orange coloured sweater with cables laying flat on a surface next to 6 skeins of the same yarn

The pattern description:

Meet your new favourite sweater for autumn. Deeply textured cables and a swingy, slightly cropped shape that you’ll love layering over… just about everything, whether it’s pjs on long weekend mornings, or a maxi-dress or dramatic trousers when you finally decide to get dressed. Worked bottom up, seamlessly, with a fun cable pattern followed by plenty of soothing stockinette. The spoke yoke is borrowed from a beloved ready to wear sweater, and features feathered decreases for a subtle design detail, that’s also intuitive to knit and sits just-right around your shoulders.

Inclusive sizing

Abbeyhill includes 12 sizes with finished chest measurements from 34 1/2" to 72 1/2" and is intended to be worn with between 4"- 8" of positive ease. That's roughly equivalent to XS to 7XL.


Accessible pattern layouts

Abbeyhill is our third sweater pattern to include three pattern layout options: Print, Mobile and Low vision. The print version is our standard layout with 3 columns, it's optimised to be easy to follow without using tons of paper or ink and works well on larger tablets and computers.

The mobile version is a single column with an aspect ratio that fits most smartphones. I know I usually knit from patterns on my phone so this should save you from constantly zooming in and out to read your pattern.

The low vision version has large black text, no italics includes alt text on all images. Screen reader software should read everything in the right order, but might struggle with abbreviations, we're looking at ways to make this aspect more accessible. Print or use on larger screens.

We've aimed to meet the low vision pattern standards established on Ravelry and put together by the group Accessible Patterns and Makers.

The 3 pattern versions are available directly on our website without using Ravelry, although you will be able to add them to your Ravelry library should you wish.

The kit:

Let’s start with a basic explanation of what is included in the kit and why it’s better than flying solo and just picking out the skeins.

Each Abbeyhill kit includes a pdf pattern for the Abbeyhill sweater and features Tukuwool Sock. Ysolda has picked 7 colourways that feel particularly seasonal for this new release, all bundled up by size so you can order all you need with just one click. Of course you might want to select your own Tukuwool Sock colours and if that’s the case, head on over to our shop page listing, here

Abbeyhill kits feature Tukuwool Sock, a lustrous wool from Finland in rich heathered colours. It’s tightly spun with three plies for a rounded structure with ideal stitch definition for the cabled border. There’s also nylon for increased durability, because we know you’ll be wearing Abbeyhill over and over. 

We know that making a sweater in a larger size is an investment, so sizes 6-9 include a 5% discount, and sizes 10-12 include a 10% discount compared to buying the yarn separately. 

a black woman in a neutral coloured sweater leans against a wall while hugging a white woman with glasses wearing the same sweater in orange

If you're casting on we'd love to see - use the tag  #AbbeyhillSweater so we can all swoon and admire!


Sarah Stanfield
Sarah Stanfield

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