This blog post is designed as a useful resource for inspiration for a specific yarn. There are projects that use it, and patterns that call for it. It's so handy to have all this in one place!
Just FYI - there are no links to Ravelry here. We've linked to patterns and projects that are available to purchase/view elsewhere. If they're only available on Ravelry we will say that, but not link to it.
Pendle Aran, formerly Langdale Superwash Aran (a bit of a mouthful!!), is a fantastic all-round machine washable pure merino yarn which is squishy, smooth and soft whilst retaining a bouncy and hard wearing quality. It shows off stitch patterns and cable details well, and we love it for knitting as well as crochet.
The first part of this blog post will give you patterns that specifically call for Pendle Aran and the second part shows you our projects using this yarn. Do you have a project in Pendle Aran that you would like us to include? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with an image and the pattern information and we will add it. This page will grow over time as more designs are released and more projects finished!
For designs released since 2018 you can find links to social media for some of the designers and publications on the Design Collaboration page HERE.
A single skein cowl which is a lovely quick knit using 2 x 2 rib and a simple lace pattern. I (Victoria) have made at least four of these!
A cosy cowl pattern using the acorn lattice stitch pattern with button details down the front. The pattern is written for three sizes from 21” (53 cm) and 10” (25 cm) high to 39” (99 cm) wide and 13” (33 cm) high which vary from one skein to three skeins of aran weight yarn.
Banksia by Woolly Wormhead - Compost
A beret style hat featuring a lace droplet pattern. The pattern is worked from the bottom up and includes charts for the stitch pattern and crown shaping. There are three sizes ranging from 17 - 21.25in (43 - 54.25cm) to fit sizes 19 - 25in (48.25 - 63.5cm). The largest size uses 179m and so will require a second skein but the other two sizes can be made using a single skein.
Saltmarsh by Anni Howard - Steel with Pendle 4ply in Stone
Made using a combination of knitting and crochet this cowl is knitted in the round using the aran yarn and then overlaid with a lace crochet pattern using the 4ply yarn. The finished cowl is 17cm (6¾ins) wide and either 70cm (27½ins) or 130cm (51ins) in circumference. The shorter version uses one skein of each yarn while the longer version uses two skeins of aran and one skein of 4ply. This pattern is part of the Ebb and Flow collection which you can read about in our blog post HERE but be aware that the post contains Ravelry links.
Polder by Anni Howard - Hedgerow
Another design from the Ebb and Flow collection. This cowl is a single skein project featuring a variation of the Estonian braid set into stocking stitch.
Twisted Cabled Cowl by Karen Burnett - Night Sky (Tarn is probably our closest current colourway)
A reversible cabled cowl worked flat and the ends sewn together. The length is customisable to suit but a similar size to that shown will need three skeins.
This four skein shawl is an asymmetric triangle knit on the bias. Part of the Four Seasons Collection released in collaboration with Eden Cottage Yarns which you can read more about HERE. The shawl combines garter stitch with a cable/lace pattern which is both charted and written. The finished shawl is 64" (163 cm) long x 43” (109 cm) at wide edge, after blocking.
Jaqs Cabled Neckwarmer by Karen Burnett - Buddleja
This single skein cabled project is a quick knit. The pattern is written rather than charted.
Winterberry Hat and Cowl Set by Karen Burnett - Night Sky (again, Tarn would be our closest current colourway)
A hat and cowl set featuring a cable design. The patterns are written and charted; and can be made with two skeins or a larger version uses three skeins.
Cardamom Rose by Thea Colman - Driftwood
A large, soft squishy cowl with two size options: 13" (33cm) deep, 50" (127cm) or 56" (142cm) around loop. You will need three or four skeins depending on the length you choose. The lovely squishy texture of the cowl is made using a very simple lace pattern.
Between us the ECY team have quite a collection of these cowls as you can do a one skein/one loop length or a two skein/two loop length as well as the full three skein/three loop length. The three loop length is really versatile though and really highly recommended.
Sunny Every Day by Ailbiona McLochlainn - Fern
A stylish cardigan featuring cable details in the yoke and edging. The pattern was rereleased with expanded size ranges and some other tweaks. There are ten size options ranging from 89.5cm (35.75in) to 159cm (63.5in) chest circumference to be worn with between 0 and 4in positive ease. This pattern is only available on Ravelry but Ailbiona has offered to email the design to people who are not able to use Ravelry if they message her directly.
Fiori Incantati by Tiziana Sammuri - Faded Bloom with Pendle DK in Ash Bloom
This lovely cowl combines Pendle in DK and Aran weights. It uses two skeins of Pendle DK for the main brioche body and one skein of Pendle Aran for the four floral motif sections. This design is only available on Ravelry.
Buckshot by Jiminez Joseph - Bog Myrtle
An over-sized sweater with bracelet length sleeves. It has a textured stitch pattern that looks like bullet holes! The panels are each knitted flat from the bottom up, seamed, then the sleeves are picked up and knitted in the round from the armhole downwards. The pattern is written for six sizes from 30” (76.5cm) to 50” (127cm) and designed to fit loosely around the shoulders, chest, waist and hips. It has about 9” (23cm) of ease for the smaller sizes and approx. 16” of ease for the larger sizes. You will need 1184 - 2132 yards (1083 - 1950 m) depending on the size required.
A classic sweater design including ribs and texture details. Worked top down means it is easy to make modifications to ensure the fit on the arms and body. The cowl neck is also easily adjustable to suit your preferences. Written in nine sizes from 32.5 to 54.5“ finished width at bust. The yardage varies from 1050 to 1950yds depending on the size required. Note: I (Victoria) made this jumper in 2012 and it is still *very* much going strong - the pic below is from 2021!
Sansevieria Hat by Thao Nguyen - Seasonal Stash Box exclusive colourway
A textured hat that can be made with a single skein of aran weight yarn or just over a skein of chunky weight yarn. This pattern beautifully shows off varigated yarn. This pattern is only available on Ravelry
Angelus Novus by Renee Callahan - Starling
This cardigan is cast on at the lower back and worked up to grow around the body. It has geometric lace detailing on the back and a waterfall front. The pattern is written in four sizes with considerable ease built in. The size range is 33.5in (85cm) - 51.25in (130cm) and it requires 940 - 1435m of yarn depending on the size.
See the Snowy Evening pattern section above for details! It's a beautiful cosy shawl though. 😍
Alveare by Woolly Wormhead - a random colourway that I've never done since..
The texture of this slouchy hat are made using alternating bands of stocking stitch. It is worked from the bottom up and written for four sizes: finished sizes 16 - 20.75in (40.75 - 52.75cm) to fit sizes 18 - 24in (45.75 - 61 cm). The first two sizes can be made with one skein but for the larger two sizes will require a second skein.
I hope you've found this blog post useful and inspiring, and if you have anything to add please do let us know on the email address at the top. We love to see your makes!