Falling In Love With Cotton Silk Aran

Okay, so it is back to my old stash of wool and unexplored knitting patterns. I was soon falling in love with cotton silk aran yarn by Debbie Bliss!

With the mid-season months in mind, I was drawn to yet another Debbie Bliss pattern: from the Coastlines collection.

Coastlines by Debbie Bliss

The yarn, which is sadly now discounted, is a mixture of cotton (80%) and silk (20%) in an 8 ply Aran weight. This yarn has a gorgeous texture, feel and weight, which also gives it a wonderful drape. Even better, it is machine washable! I have still found some yarn for sale on Etsy and EBay.

Cotton silk yarn bestows a wonderful weight to the sweater, along with a drape that only comes with cotton. The addition of silk to the yarn imparts a softness and gentle lustre. It is the perfect transition yarn to take you through the spring and autumn.

50 g ball = 68 yards / 62 metres

Gauge: 18 stitches to 24 rows in stockinette stitch to a 10cm square. 

Needle sizes required are:

US 5 = 3.75 mm

US 6 = 4 mm

US 7 = 4.5 mm

Therefore, this jumper can be knitted in any Aran weight yarn, and so is easily substituted. A good current alternative would be Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. 

Cotton Silk Aran yarn by Debbie Bliss

This is a classic Aran pattern designed by Debbie Bliss, and I am addicted to them all!

As soon as I began knitting it, I realised that it was the ‘Taking a Break’ sweater that I recently reviewed, with the addition of a rolled hem to the base, sleeves and neckline. Therefore although it is basically the same pattern, the rolled hem gives this sweater a more casual and relaxed finish. Perfect when worn with Jeans, shorts or a skirt. 

The Coastlines sweater is perfect worn with jeans

The pattern, although it appears complex at first glance, is in fact an easy repeat. Once you have knitted the first 10-20 centimetres, you quickly realise that it is a instinctive pattern repeat. You are soon knitting without having to glance at the pattern that much at all.

Detail of sweater

Knitted in four panels, it is easy to transport and take with you on your travels, if you cannot be parted from your knitting fix. 

I had to shorten the length of the sleeves for my 5’ 1” frame, and would shorten the bodice more next time too. 


I am already in love with this pattern, having knitted it previously (see my last knitting review)

However, what I truly love about this version is the neckline! It is so flattering and comfortable to wear, giving just enough height and coverage without being clingy or overwhelming in the mid-season months. I would certainly knit it again in an Aran wool weight such as Cashmerino Aran.

This has to be one of my favourite patterns, not only to knit, but to wear too! 

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