I'm planning my next project and wondered whether any of you guys have good experiences of knitting aran sweaters in the round?
A traditional aran is made in 4 pieces (front, back and sleeves), but I'm wondering whether they'd work on circular needles, working the yoke back-and-forth like a gansey but working the sleeves in the round from the cuff up.
Mostly I want to have as little seaming as possible (it's the part of a sweater that I dread) and partly because I love my Knit Pick Options circular needles so much.
I guess my questions are:
- Do more complex cables work well if knitted in the same direction (ie. round-and-round, rather than back-and-forth)?
- Might the change from circular knitting to back-and-forth cause an obvious change in texture?
I've been musing over this project for a while, and spent the evening with books of cable stitches deciding which motifs would suit my personal preferences. I may begin a tension swatch of the motifs to work out my gauge tomorrow night... it'll be an excuse not to have to weave in the ends of the yoked sweater I've just finished. Photos of that once I've actually got round to finishing it.
Many thanks in advance for your views.