Keavy KAL

Difficulty: 4-Complex


Welcome to the Keavy KAL!

Keavy KAL

The full name of this pattern is Keavy Simple Pullover. The designer, Jennifer Wood, describes it as a “contemporary, simple, feminine version of an Aran pullover”. While it is simple compared to many Aran patterns, I would not call it a simple sweater. 

It is knit from the top down, incorporating set-in sleeves to the seamless design. Incorporating set-in sleeves into the design is genius but it adds a bit of complexity to the beginning of the sweater. Don’t worry! We guide you through it with a lot of photos and step-by-step instructions! The knitting becomes much simpler once you get past the underarm.

In this KAL you will learn how to:

  • Make a proper swatch to test your gauge and ensure your sweater fits
  • Read a knitting chart
  • Knit short rows
  • Knit cables, with or without a cable needle
  • Knit in the round
  • Increases: m1l, m1r lli, rli
  • Knit set-in sleeves as you go – no seaming them!
  • Read your knitting so you can always tell what row you are on
  • Use a lifeline so you never have to rip all your work out again 
  • Knit with hand dyed yarns
  • Use stitch markers to keep track of your work
  • Pick up and knit
  • Block your knits

Participants must know how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off prior to starting the Keavy KAL. It would be helpful, but not necessary for the adventurous knitter, to have knit at least one sweater before.

Recommended Supplies

  • Aran weight yarn, 540 yards
    We recommend Arranmore by The Fibre Co.

Keavy KAL Store

For your convenience, we have available for sale the yarn and pattern you need for this KAL. Save time and support our small business by purchasing what you need here. Click on the item name to see more details and larger photos.

If you do not need your yarn immediately, we are happy to special order whatever color you like! Just call (423) 869-8927 or email, and we’ll help you find the perfect yarn!

ImageNamePriceBuy Short Description
Brittany Cable Needles$6.79

We LOVE Brittany Cable Needles! Read the full description to learn why. Set of three 3.75″ long cable needles in the following sizes: 3mm, 3.5mm, and 4.5mm.

Clover Locking Stitch Markers$5.49

These durable Clover locking stitch markers are the most versatile stitch markers. You can use them on your knitting needles or pin them to your fabric to keep track of your stitches and progress.


Clover Soft Stitch Ring Markers$5.25

These flexible Clover soft stitch ring markers are pliable and easy on your hands. The package includes 10 small and 20 large stitch markers. The small stitch markers fit needle sizes 0 to 5 and the large stitch markers fit needle sizes 5 to 11.


The Fiber Company Arranmore$21.00

Arranmore blends cashmere and silk with a fine merino wool to create an authentic tweed yarn of the finest quality. 175 yards/100 grams

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Getting Started

Knitting Your Keavy

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