Posted by: Winged Knits | September 8, 2010


Arboralea, for me, is a very easy sweater to wear.  I don’t have to think of what I need to wear under it and it is casual enough to wear with jeans, while not too casual to wear out to dinner on a cool evening.

The pattern is available for purchase here for $6.00.

I have been beginning my search for pattern names lately by looking up names of streets in which the photos of the knits were taken.  There are some fantastic street names out there! However, I could not find one that worked for this design. So I went to the online thesaurus/ dictionary and below is where the name Arboralea came from.



a leafy, shady recess formed by tree branches, shrubs, etc.

a latticework bower intertwined with climbing vines and flowers.
Obsolete . a grass plot; lawn; garden; orchard.


(because I liked the way it sounded better with an a in there)



a tract of open ground, esp. grassland; meadow.

land used for a few years for pasture or for growing hay, then plowed over and replaced by another crop.

a crop of hay on tillable land.


a measure of yarn of varying quantity, for wool usually 80 yards (73 m), cotton and silk 120 yards (110 m), linen 300 yards (274 m).

Textiles .


a unit length used to ascertain the linear density of yarns.
a count or number representing units of linear measure per pound in linen or cotton yarn: a 20-lea yarn.
So Arboralea it is.  I’m still not sure that it is the perfect name, but I think it is fun!
Arboralea is worked in the round up to the armholes, then split for the front and back. The neck is shaped by simply binding off sts on one row and then each side of the front is continued straight up to the shoulders. The collar is worked as a separate rectangle and sew in after. The sleeves are also worked in the round up to the underarm and then the cap is shaped and set in.

Yarn info:
Osprey by Quince and Co. (100% American Wool; 100 gram skein = approx 170 yards)
• 5 (5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7) skeins color Leek

• Approx yards needed: 775 (825, 875, 925, 980, 1025, 1100, 1160, 1230) yards

Sweater in photos is worn with 1/2” negative ease.

Photos by Carrie Bostick Hoge.

And on a I- must- knit- it- now note:

Have you seen Melissa LaBarre’s newest pattern!

september circle


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