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An Aran for Frederick

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : An Aran for Frederick
An Aran for Frederick

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • purl
  • cast on
  • bind off
  • cable
  • work in the round
  • increase
  • decrease
  • work from charts

Pattern Description:

"A well-looking man," said Sir Walter, "a very well-looking man."
"A very fine young man indeed!" said Lady Dalrymple. "More air than one often sees in Bath. Irish, I dare say."
"No. I just know his name. A bowing acquaintance. WentworthCaptain Wentworth of the navy."
Chapter 20, Persuasion

Though Captain Frederick Wentworth may not be Irish, this handsome captain, who stole Anne Elliot's heart before the beginning of Jane Austen's Persuasion, is certainly worthy of his own Aran sweater. This cabled pullover is worked in the round, with a "hybrid" yoke to highlight the Celtic Flourish cable running up the center back and front, flanked by OXO and Superimposed Double Wave cables, and Ensign's Braids (Ensigns were junior officers in the infantry and navy at the time, which Frederick would have been when he first met Anne) running up the sleeves and along the shoulder saddles. This yoke style makes a flattering pullover for any man. To modernize, body and sleeves begin the cable patterns immediately, and it is finished with a simple rolled neck so as not to distract from this cable tour de force.

Pattern includes charts for all cables.

Rigorously tested and professionally tech edited. Previously published in Jane Austen Knits 2011.

An Aran for Frederick is copyright Kathleen Dames and is for individual use only. All rights reserved. You may print this pattern for your own personal use only. You may not distribute this pattern in printed or electronic format, for free or for resale.

Thanks, and happy knitting!
xoxo, Kathleen


15 stitches and 27 rows = 4 inches in Seed Stitch

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Unisex XS (S, M, L, XL) (shown in size S with 51/2" ease)
  • Chest circumference: 371/4 (431/2, 49, 531/4, 591/2)"


  • Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% wool; 140 yd [128 m]/50 g): #16 nest, 8 (10, 12, 14, 15) skeins.
  • Size 6 (4 mm): 16" and 29" circular (cir) and set of doublepointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

You Will Also Need:

  • Markers (m)
  • Cable needle (cn) (optionaltry cabling without a cable needle; it speeds up the work!)
  • Removable markers
  • Stitch holders or waste yarn
  • Tapestry needle

Suggested yarn:

2100 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Brooklyn Tweed Shelter


Nest #16
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I live and knit in New York City and Bath, Maine, with my husband and our three children, getting my style fix in the one and my New England (Red Sox/cranberry bog/lobster roll/chilly nights in need ...

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