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by Ysolda support@ysolda.com March 30, 2020 4 min read


The yarn featured in the Glenmore Pattern, which will be released on April 8th, is Cyrano from De Rerum Natura. It's listed as an Aran weight yarn by the manufacturer but is closer to many chunky weights. If you're looking for a substitute focus on yarns with a recommended gauge between 12 and 16 sts per 4" / 10cm — this is quite a broad range and might be labelled aran, chunky or bulky. The crucial thing is that you like the fabric you get after swatching. Here's everything you need to swatch. If you don't have a great substitute yarn, or can't get your hands on one, we also have some suggestions for how to combine lighter weights to match gauge.

Please see the note at the end about how you can order supplies for Glenmore. 

The gauge:

13 sts & 20 rnds = 4” /10 cm in dot stitch

Dot stitch pattern:

(Worked over an even number of stitches, flat or in the round)

Row 1: (k1, p1) to end.
Row 3: (p1, k1) to end.
Rnds 2 & 4 (RS): knit.
Rows 2 & 4 (WS): purl.

How to swatch:

Glenmore is a very forgiving pattern, and has enough positive ease that if your gauge is slightly off the fit will just be a little different. However, the beginning of the sweater is worked flat, then the body is worked in the round. Some knitters find their gauge is very different dependent on whether they're working flat or in the round so you may want to swatch both in the round and flat to ensure your gauge matches.

Here's a post we did awhile ago on how to swatch for a sweater, and how to work a swatch in the round. If you have a difference in tension between knitting flat and in the round, you may need to change needle sizes once the body of Glenmore is joined below the underarm. And don't forget to block your swatch!

Cast on 24sts and work at least 10 repeats of the 4 rows / rounds of the dot stitch pattern.

Alternate yarn ideas


In addition to Cyrano, in terms of chunky yarns, we also stock Blåne, a more rustic, woollier yarn that makes a lovely fabric at this gauge. 

Bex found that she had to go down a needle size to achieve the same gauge on Blåne as she had for Cyrano.

You can see the beatiful lustre, and drape of this fabric in this photo. Blåne would be an ideal yarn choice if you're looking for a really warm sweater with almost a mohair like halo, and don't find yarns like Icelandic Lopi too itchy. Bex is planning to use Blåne for her knitalong sweater.

Holding two yarns together to make a chunky

Two strands of DK – Rauma Petter

I got gauge with two strands of Petter using the same needle size as I'd used for Cyrano. You could use two strands in the same colour but I love the marled effect of using two different colours. I'm using 302 held together with 304. I'm planning to use the solid grey for the neck ribbing, and haven't decided whether to do the bottom ribbing and cuffs marled or solid. What do you think?

A heavy DK and a sportweight – Rauwerk DKand Rauwerk Sport

For this subtly marled swatch Rachel held Rauwerk DK (closer to a heavy worsted weight) in Kalk together with Rauwerk Sport in Sand. The result is a beautifully spongy fabric that I think would work especially well for the cropped version of Glenmore.

Other ideas

You could also try 4 strands of 4 ply / fingering weight yarn, or 3 strands of heavy fingering or sportweight yarn. The simple textured stitch pattern would also work beautifully in a dk held together with a laceweight mohair yarn like Neighborhood Fiber Co. Loft. It would also be a great opportunity to use up odds and ends to create a marled gradient by adding a new colour whenever you run out of one. This Tin Can Knits hat pattern is the perfect inspiration. 

Limited shipping

Last week we announced that we’d paused shipping temporarily while we decided how best to keep our team safe and follow the government guidelines. After many, and still ongoing, discussions as a team, we have decided to open the online store for limited shipping. This week we’re offering a range of yarns and notions for the Glenmore sweater which are available to order now.

Inspired by this post? Browse the collection of available products here.

We’ll be shipping on Thursday, and orders may be closed when we reach the capacity for what one person can safely manage. We’ll aim to ship orders received by midnight BST on Wednesday, on the Thursday of that week. Our highest priority is staff safety, and in order to maintain that we may not be able to ship your order as quickly as usual, thank you for your patience.

You can find out more about this plan, and the collections we’ll be releasing over the coming weeks here.

The Glenmore pattern and knitalong

Glenmore will be released on April 8th and we're hosting a knitalong. 

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. 

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Graphic for pinterest. Top photo: White textured cropped sweater on a black woman who it looking directly at the camera. Middle photo: black hands knitting on the sweater in progress, the yarn in the same white as the finished sweater. Bottom photo: flat lay of a swatch in the textured stitch pattern the yarn is cream coloured. The text overlay on the graphic says 'Swatching for Glenmore'.

Read all posts in the Glenmore KAL series.


Ysolda support@ysolda.com
Ysolda support@ysolda.com

Detailed instructions on how to swatch for your Glenmore sweater so you can be ready to cast on as soon as the pattern is released, plus ideas for substituting yarns. 

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