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March 23, 2020


A smiling black skinned woman with short hair is standing in front of some railings. She is wearing a yellow textures knitted sweater over a pink skirt. She has a raincoat thrown over her shoulders.

If you're currently looking for a comforting knit that doesn't require huge amounts of attention and a bit of gentle structure please join us for a simple, relaxed sweater knitalong. Our next sweater pattern will be Glenmore, an oversized sweater in cropped and regular lengths featuring a simple but effective textured pattern. Basic stitches and top-down construction make it the perfect pattern for beginner sweater knitters.

Glenmore will be released on April 8th, and we're planning a virtual cast on party to coincide with the release (probably via instagram live but if you have other suggestions let me know in the comments!) If you’ve been thinking that now is a good time to try knitting your first sweater we’ll be sharing lots of step by step photos and support.

All of the details like the gauge, sizing, ease our models are wearing it with, and a schematic can be found now on the pattern product pageso you can start planning. We also worked with a fantastic group of preview knitters to help you visualise how the pattern will look on your body and with your style, we'll be sharing a round up of all of their projects soon.

The Glenmore pattern is worked at 13 stitches to 4" / 10cm. We used Cyrano, one of our favourite yarns — it's a rounded, squishy worsted spun merino from France. Cyrano is listed as an aran weight but is closer to many chunky weights, if you're looking for substitutes.

Unfortunately we're currently pretty low on stock of Cyrano, our order of yarn was in progress when the De Rerum Natura mill shut down due to Coronavirus, and we were hoping that we'd be able to re-order if people were enthusiastic about Glenmore! That order is in transit, but we’re not sure when it will arrive or when we’ll be able to restock Cyrano. Thank you so much for understanding that the safety of the people who make our beloved yarns is much more important than whether we have it in stock.

We put together yarn packs of selected Cyrano colours, for easy one-click ordering, but if the yarn pack you wanted is sold out try our listing for individual balls of Cyrano, which comes in more colours than are included in the yarn packs. We’d also encourage you to try your local yarn store, I’m sure they could use your support right now and they might have a good substitute for this gauge even if they don’t stock Cyrano.

We’re also experimenting with using other yarns we carry, including some held together. It's been a great creative exercise and we've come up with some beautiful options. We'll be sharing the results on the blog before the knitalong begins and I hope it will give you ideas for creatively using your stash if you're not buying yarn right now.

Join the Glenmore KAL!

You don't have to do anything special to sign up, just buy the pattern (release date: April 8th) and share your progress. Use the hashtag #glenmorekal on instagram, twitter and your Ravelry project, so everyone can see your photos and come and say hi in our Ravelry group.

Read all posts in the Glenmore KAL series. 


Ysolda designs knitting patterns, spent years teaching at events and loves to find new yarns and books to share.

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