Hello. I purchased yarn from Aran Sweater Market. I am using an Aran Pattern that I found on Ravelry by Janet Szabo. It does not specify a specific yarn, but suggests US size 9 to achieve a gauge of 18 stitches to 4 inches with any Aran yarn. I had to resort to a US size 4 to get there. I usually have to go down one or two sizes to achieve the correct gauge, but this seems too much. I have knitted a sample of the pattern and it seems awfully tight and hard but the yarn (which came from Ireland) is coarse and rough. I have not made this type of sweater before.
Are there any Aran knitters who have experience with this? I am thinking that this is a complete mismatch of pattern and yarn. I like the pattern because it is knitted in the round with drop shoulder sleeves that are picked up and knitted as a traditional seamless Guernsey. I hate any kind of seaming. I understand that Alice Starmore is the authority on this. But if anybody has the book, I would really appreciate it if you could tell me if she has patterns for Arans constructed in this manner before I invest in it.