Water Bearer Cropped Bundles – Jacqueline Cieslak & Ritual Dyes




Water Bearer Cropped Bundles by Jacqueline Cieslak with Ritual Dyes

The Water Bearer sweater is inspired by the Aquarius horoscope, created with Ritual Dyes in their star-sign inspired Zodiac Yarn! Jacqueline chose Priestess in colourway ‘Aquarius’ for this cute cropped cardigan and we love the way it looks!

We created bundles for the cropped version of this cardigan in its original Priestess colourway, but feel free to check out the pattern on Ravelry for the full description including the full length cardigan.

Bundle sizes:

Sizes 1 to 4: 4 skeins of Ritual Dyes Priestess in Aquarius

Sizes 5 to 6: 5 skeins of Ritual Dyes Priestess in Aquarius

Sizes 7 to 9: 6 skeins of Ritual Dyes Priestess in Aquarius

Sizes 10 to 11: 7 skeins of Ritual Dyes Priestess in Aquarius

Size 12: 8 skeins of Ritual Dyes Priestess in Aquarius

Ritual Dyes yarns are exclusively available with us in the UK.

If you’d like to choose a different colourway feel free to pick out your own Priestess skeins here, using the size guide above. Pattern not included.

Important: This bundle features the original colourway for the Water Bearer pictured in Jacqueline’s sample. However, due to the artisan nature of these yarns and colour saturation variation of each dye lot, we cannot guarantee that your finished knit will exactly match the designer’s sample. Please allow for colour variation, and enjoy your unique knit! Contact us for any further colourway specifications or special requests.

Water Bearer is a sweater inspired by and designed for the creative, justice-minded, free spirit of the Aquarian zodiac. With seamless top-down construction and a dramatic brioche shawl collar, this cardigan provides for an elegant and absorbing knit. The pattern includes 12 sizes, two length options, written and charted instructions for the brioche waves, and 5 video tutorials that cover everything from choosing the correct size to picking up stitches and working the i-cord bind off along the edges of the collar. – Jacqueline Cieslak


This sweater is designed for a DK weight wool/wool blend. Sample in Ritual Dyes Priestess DK (250 yds/115g) in Aquarius. Priestess is a 100% fine superwash merino with a 4-ply twist.

CROPPED Yarn requirements in Priestess DK: (4, 4, 4, 4) [5, 5, 6, 6] {6, 7, 7, 8}
CROPPED Yarn requirements by yardage: (850, 900, 950, 1000) [1075, 1250, 1325, 1400] {1475, 1575, 1675, 1775}
CROPPED Yarn requirements by meter: (778, 823, 869, 915) [983, 1143, 1212, 1280] {1349, 1441, 1532, 1624}

Full lenth yarn requirements are available here.


Gauge: 19 sts and 28 rows over 4”/10cm in brioche after blocking

Recommended needles:

  • Main needles: US 6 (4 mm) 32”/80 cm OR 40”/100 cm circular; DPNs for sleeves if not using magic loop
  • Larger needles: US 8 (5 mm) 24”/60 cm — used only for i-cord on the back of the neck when starting project

Notions: stitch markers, locking stitch markers, stitch holders or scrap yarn, darning needle


Tutorial on sizing & construction: bit.ly/wb-sizing

To get a sense of how this sweater might fit you, check out the test-knitting round-up on Jacqueline’s blog.

Most sweater patterns are sized based on FULL bust circumference, but Water Bearer is sized based on UPPER bust circumference. I have sized the pattern this way because the most critical fit is in the shoulders, and the pattern includes bust darts to accommodate a range of bust differences at each size.

Sizes by UPPER bust circumference in inches/cm: (30, 32.5, 35.25, 37.75) [40.25, 42.75, 45.25, 47.75] {50.25, 52.75, 55.25, 57.75} “ / (76.5, 83, 89, 95.5) [102, 108.5, 115, 121.5] {127.5, 134, 140.5, 147} cm

To choose your size, measure the circumference at your upper bust (your chest at your underarms) and select the closest exact size. If you are between sizes, I recommend sizing down.

In the pattern photos, Jacqui (Aquarius) is wearing a cropped size 47.75” /121.5 cm with B bust darts.

Additional information


Sizes 1 – 4, Sizes 5 – 6, Sizes 7 – 9, Sizes 10 – 11, Size 12

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