It’s all finished! It took a couple days to dry but it’s finally done. I really enjoyed being a part of this knit-a-long! If you’re interested in knitting this sweater, you should check out Pia Kammeborn’s blog (and my previous posts on this sweater). At the bottom of her posts it is translated in English. Her first post for this KAL can be found HERE. I explained a lot of details in my other posts about this sweater so I won’t bore you with them all today… today is just for all the pretty pictures!
I got a little behind during the third and fourth weeks of this knit-a-long but I just kept knitting! Here’s an update on the third, fourth & fifth parts which are the sleeves, yoke, and fishing (respectively). I was able to catch myself up and finish with time to spare! Kammebornia’s blog posts can be found here for POST 3, POST 4 & POST 5.
I tried both the body and the sleeves on to be sure that it was going to fit me. I try to do this instead of relying on the pattern solely because everyone’s body is different. I found that I needed some extra length to my sleeves so the pattern called for me to knit the sleeves until they were 18″ long, instead I knit until they were 21″ which gave me a little extra room as I like the cuffs to come right to my palms.
Once I joined everything in the round I knew that the yoke would go fast. The colorwork portion is my favorite part (as I’ve mentioned numerous times before). Here’s a couple (poor quality) iPhone photos of my trying it on.
I did not need to make any real adjustments to the yoke. I followed the charts provided in the pattern, there was only one mistake where I forgot to omit one row for my size but I really don’t feel it’s going to make a difference. I just loved watching all of this come together.
I’ve always struggled with getting (big) projects done in a timely manner and I am really impressed that I was able to stay (mostly) focused and keep up with the rest of the group knitting this sweater!
Can you spot another mistake in this photo? You probably can’t unless you’re following the chart along with my knitting… right in the center of the top row of flowers I added an extra white stitch – it was supposed to be purple. I contemplated using duplicate stitch to try to fix it but I decided against it. Knitting wouldn’t be knitting without a few minor mistakes. I think it’s what makes it unique; hand-knitting.
This is another iPhone photo of the yoke completed! I hesitated here as I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do for the neckline. The pattern called for 1 x 1 ribbing folded over and sewn back down to create a double-thick collar. Although I can tolerate some wool-skin contact with this being very rustic wool I didn’t think I wanted a bunch of fabric against my neck. I thought about possibly an i-cord edging…
Which is ultimately what I decided on. I worked an i-cord bind off which really gives it a great polish and it won’t be scratchy on my neck. This photo is of the sweater un-blocked SO… into the bath it goes!
I can’t wait for this to finish drying so I can go out and get some proper photos with it. Can you imagine? I can! I picture myself posing with my beautiful horse with some pretty fall-colored leaves in the background. But until then I’ll say bye for now 🙂 Thank you for reading!
Here we are, second week of the Afmæli K-A-L. We’ve already picked out our colors and established the correct tension (gauge) so it’s time to cast on! You can find the host blog post for this week HERE. My first post is HERE. I choose to use the Old Norwegian cast on (a.k.a German Twisted cast on) since it is a sturdy cast on yet gives a decent amount of stretch for the ribbing.
I casted on with US2’s and worked 1×1 rib for 10 rounds. Now for the fun part – color! I changed to by US5’s and began the colorwork portion, which for me was chart A. This is when I realized that I casted on with the wrong color. If following the pattern I should have cast on with white but I actually liked the grey for the ribbing so I left it. A happy mistake! Once the colorwork was done I ended up staying with US5’s for the body. In my last post I wrote that I had planned to use US4’s for the body but I feel my stitches are tight enough to keep up with the 5’s.
I moved all of the stitches onto a longer cable and tried on my sweater and it’s perfect. So far so good, I’m really enjoying this knit. Next step – onto the sleeves!
I have long admired the knitted works of a woman who lives on the Swedish island of Gotland. I was first introduced a short time ago through instagram (I think) and I have since been a fan. She and her husband produce a monthly video blog together on their YouTube channel called Kammebornia and they have such charm and a warming invite to them. They truly live in a fairy tale land; the scenery is gorgeous, the architecture is lovely and the old ruins are breathtaking as well as the many beaches and woods combined. If you’ve never checked it out I highly recommend it as my favorite knitting podcast: Kammebornia YouTube. So what does that have to do with this Knit-A-Long? In conjunction with Järbo Garn, she is hosting this KAL of the Afmæli Sweater which is a pattern designed by Védís Jónsdóttir for Ìstex back in 2011 in honor of their 20th anniversary. I have been busy lately with my etsy shop that I haven’t had the time to do any personal knitting for myself so I took the month of August off from my knitting sales to concentrate on a few items for myself and my family.
Pia (of Kammebornia) is posting blog posts to introduce the next steps in this KAL. She has her first one up and I am patiently awating the second one to prompt the start of the knitting! You can check out that post HERE.
Let’s talk about the yarn! I have never worked with lopi yarn before but have admired it for a long time. I knew eventually I wanted to knit myself a “lopapeysa” which is sweater made from yarn derived from their native sheeps’ wool. As a breed these Iceland sheep are very pure and their fiber is extremely rugged and cold-resistant thanks to the hundreds of years it has been exposed to sub-arctic temperatures! Another great characteristic of the Icelandic sweaters is of course the striking yoke patterns. Stranded colorwork is my favorite knitting technique so it goes without saying this sweater is a must knit for me – I jumped on this opportunity to finally make myself my very own lopapeysa. The lopi yarn that this pattern calls for is Ístex Léttlopi. It is considered aran weight and is available in many beautiful colors as well as the traditional natural colors of the sheep.
I wanted to show you the photo of this sweater (photo is copyright ©istex.is). The yoke can be created in many different ways; I decided to create a sweater that is closest to the grey example.
The colors that I choose are called light grey heather, rose heather, golden heather, and white. My plan is to make the body in the grey and to knit the floral designs in the contrasting color of white. I think I will alternate the rose heather and the golden heather as background colors behind the white flowers. Perhaps I will play around when I get to the yoke but for now this is my idea.
Time to swatch!
The pattern calls for size US7 (4.5mm) needles but I have loose tension so I always need to go down a couple needle sizes. I tried US5’s and after washing my little swatch it did grow slightly and I am getting about 16.5 to 17 sts per 4 inches. The gauge called for is 18 sts per 4 inches so I am off a little. Because I’m lazy I don’t feel like knitting another swatch so I plan to knit the body up in US4 needles, and change to US5 needles during the colorwork portions because I’m always tighter when knitting stranded.
Couple tips if I may 🙂
1) If you’ll be knitting a project in the round you want to be sure you knit your swatch in the round too, otherwise your gauge will be off – trust me on that one. But, once again I’m lazy and I didn’t feel like casting on enough stitches to knit a swatch in the round. Instead, you can knit on DPNs and just carry the working yarn behind to bring it back to the right side. This way you’re always knitting every “row” and thus getting a more realistic “in the round” gauge. (Typically purl stitches are looser than knit stitches).
2) Need to wash your swatch but don’t want to waste any yarn by cutting it from the ball? No problem, just wash your little piece leaving it attached to the ball. Only soak your work and then pin it out to dry. This way once it’s dry and you’ve measured your gauge you can rip it back out to use for your actual project. Easy!
And with that I can wind up this post. The next schedule date in this KAL is August 10 which is the start of the body. Check back after that for blog post #2!