Leannán Jumper Pattern


This single pattern is available as a download.

I designed this jumper as a sloppy joe, perfect for putting on as you rush around doing odd jobs on an autumn day or great for snuggling on the sofa on winter days. I hope you enjoy knitting it! I chose Mohair Tweed DK from Donegal Yarns as the best yarn for this pattern. To reflect the Irish origins of the yarn, I gave the pattern an Irish name. Leannan (LAN-AWN) is the Irish word for lover or perfection in our hearts.

This jumper uses my favourite rib, where you do a row of knit stitch after you’ve done a row of knit and purl. It’s a step up from garter stitch, and it’s what I love to knit if I want something that is still easy to knit at the end of a busy day but offers a little bit more of a challenge.

I love traditional, natural yarns and the Mohair Tweed reflects this because, nestled between the hills of South West Donegal and the Atlantic Ocean, Donegal Yarns Wool spinning mill can trace its origin back to the centuries old tradition of tweed effect yarns domestically spun in Donegal.

EDIT: I designed this jumper to launch at Yarndale, the Skipton annual yarn festival, in 2017 and I feel like I have lived in it every autumn/winter ever since! It is so comfy to pop on and relax in when I go for autumnal walks when the air is chilly but the sun is making you feel warm.

For this pattern I used:

Yarn: 11(13:15:16:17) 50g balls of Mohair Tweed (70% merino/30% mohair, 110m/120yds per 50g).

Needles: 3.75mm and 4mm.

Gauge (tension): 19 stitches and 29 rows to 10cm/4ins square over garter stitch rib using 4mm needles.


To Fit Chest (suggested)
81.5-91.5 96.5-106.5 112-122 122-127 132-137.5 cms
32-36 38-42 44-48 48-50 52-54 ins
Actual Chest Measurement
120 132 145 153 162 cms
47¼ 52 57 60¼ 63¾ ins
Length (from shoulder)
58 60 62 64 66 cms
22¾ 23½ 24½ 25¼ 26 ins
Sleeve Length
42 42 42 42 42 cms
16½ 16½ 16½ 16½ 16½ ins

Click on the following links for my How To videos that may help with this pattern: Picking Up Stitches.

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