Anyone who's seen The Tudors (or has a basic grasp of English History) will probably understand how wary I as when my husband quoted Henry VIII as an inspiration. Thankfully, it wasn't in marital terms but for his taste in celtic decorations. An intricate knotwork pattern taken from a famous portrait of him (Henry Tudor, not my husband) was the inspiration for this design.
This sweater is designed to be challenging for the knitter and use lesser-known cable techniques. It is a classic raglan shape, with the left raglan seam left open and fastened with leather buckles. You can also make it as a regular raglan sweater if you prefer: just sew the seam up to the collar and leave out the buckles.
The yarn I chose (Pur Merinos Français from Bergere de France) is a gorgeous French merino with a beautifully matte finish, and it's ethically sourced too! It really lends itself perfectly to cables and textured stitches and comes in lots of yummy earthy colours.
The buckles and the yarn