Nightingale pullover

This beautiful pullover/sweater is designed by Norah Gaughan. It can be found in Pompom Quarterly’s 2018 winter issue.

I decided to knit it in a light green colour, but I’m very tempted to make another one as well in a silver-grey.

 

The pattern was easy to follow and the cables look a lot more daunting than they are. The chart is large because it isn’t a pattern that repeat itself. But if you just keep track of which row you are on, the pattern isn’t hard to follow.  The pattern is the same on left and right side of the middle. And the back and front are the same as well. I saw a few mistakes in the chart but they’re easy to work around since both sides are the same, except for a lower neckline on the front piece.

Because I knit loosely I did a swatch first to measure my gauge. Sure enough my gauge was off with the recommended needles (4,5 mm) and so I switched to 4 mm needles instead. I knitted a size 2 without any other modifications. It fits me very well and I enjoy it a lot. It’s warm and cosy at the same time as it looks elegant.

The pattern has a recommended cast on method, but I tried and didn’t get it right so I just did my normal cast on method. The podcast Fruity Knitting has made a few short tutorials of techniques in this pattern and I found them very helpful. You can watch them in episode 71 of Fruity Knitting Podcast.

 

All the pieces are knitted separately and later sewn together. I’m not very good yet with sewing together the pieces but I’m doing my best. This time I was very careful with the puffed sleeves and marked the middle of the shoulder as a reference point. I’m very happy with how they turned out.

 

 

I used yarn from Ullcentrum Öland, one of my favourite yarn companies. I used the colour light green on white. This yarn is very nice to knit with and the cable pattern pops out really well. I can really recommend this yarn and it is made from 100% swedish wool. They come in the most amazing colours and I love the ones that are dyed on a grey base (gotland wool). This one is on a white base so it feels slightly more rustic in touch and is made from a variations of sheep wool.

 

 

Riddari Cardigan

I decided to follow along and join the Kammebornia and Järbo knit along for the Riddari Sweater. The pattern was offered for free during the knit-along and I used the English version of the pattern. You can buy it on ravelry or from jarbo.se.

I knit loose. I always seem to do. So I decided to knit in size XS/S. It is a men’s pattern so I figured a size XS with my loose knitting would end up being a size S when finished. And it did (maybe even  a size M?).

I used four colours.

Red Garnet Heather (1409)

Ash Heather (56)

White

Black heather ( 5)

I cast on for size S, to make room for my hips. I then increased and created a waist shaping (ever so lightly). I aimed for being at the number of stitches for XS by the time I got to the armpits. Then I knitted the yoke in size XS. I knitted the sleeves in size XS as well.

I love this cardigan and it has really served me well during this cold winter!

Wonder Woman Wrap

This winter/spring I knitted the Woner Woman Wrap. A easy and relaxing knit.

I used the 2-ply yarn from Ullcentrum Öland. My favourite yarn!

I used the colours Lejongul (on white) and Faluröd (on grey).

This is a free pattern on ravelry and I can really recommend it for someone who wants a easy knit.

Vintersol Sweater

This beautiful sweater caught my eyes immediately. Jennifer Steinglass’s designs are beautiful and had intrigued me for quite a while when she released this new pattern called Vintersol.

 

Vintersol close up

Yarn
For this sweater I wanted to try the Icelandic yarn Lettlopi. I had heard so much about it that this time I really wanted to try it. Garnr.se has a great selection of colours and a great homepage where you can arrange the colours next to each other to see which ones fits together. It is really a great feature!

For this sweater I ordered:

1418 Straw (main colour)
1703 Mimosa (contrast)
9426 Golden Heather (contrast)
0051 White (yoke background colour)

This yarn is not the recommended, but I found that it worked out really nicely. Be sure to make a swatch too see if you need to adjust your needle size.

Pattern
The pattern is worked from the middle of the sweater. This was a first for me. After having knitted the sweater I can say it is not my preferred method. I got frustrated when I had to unravel the temporary cast on border (a few rows knitted with a different colour) and then make sure all stitches was lying at the correct direction.

Vintersol body without arms

But I guess this is just a thing that you might like or not. The pattern itself was easy to follow. For the edge at the neck I didn’t quite understand the i-cord instructions, so I made the i-cord bind off the way I have learned from before.

I made some adjustments to the sizing for myself which made me have to unravel parts of the sweater. I’m not sure if it was my changes (did I choose a size too small?) or if it was the pattern itself. I found that the added stitches underneath the armpit were too few and I couldn’t fit my arms into it. I had to add stitches myself and I think I added in total 12 stitches underneath each armpit.

I knit loosely and so I used my measuring tape a lot to make sure the body got the correct length. It is always good to measure the body of the sweater and not just looking blindly at the number of rows you are supposed to knit. I knitted way less rows than recommended, because my stitches are quite “long” and I reached the desired length quite fast. I barely had time to make a waist shaping before I had to increase again for my hips.

 

Finished piece

I am in love with this finished sweater. I love how the colour combination turned out and the soft feel of the yarn.

I soaked the sweater in water and laid it out flat to dry. This really helped with all the unevenness I had in the yoke after knitting. Knitting with three colours was a hassle, but it turns out so nice!

Afmaeli-tröjan

I höstas var jag med i Kammebornias och Järbos “knit-a-long” för tröjan Afmaeli. Som ni ser så blev det en färdig tröja med ljusgrön som bottenfärg.

Jag har inte stickat i det rekommenderade garnet lettlopi utan med andra garner. Jag kommer lägga upp ett till inlägg där jag berättar om det. Det jag vill berätta i detta inlägg är hur jag använde mönstret för att forma midjan på tröjan.

Mönstret är unisex och enligt måtten skulle S passa för min överkropp och M för höften. Jag ville att tröjan skulle vara lite tajt och ha form, men jag visste också att S skulle bli för tajt runt höften och runt mina armar. Så jag började att lägga upp för en tröja i storlek M, både för armarna och kroppen.

För att anpassa mönstret så stickade jag ca 10 centimeter och sedan började jag att sticka ihop maskor i höger och vänster kant, med jämna mellanrum. Så att jag tillslut nådde det antal som var angett för storlek S. Samma sak gjorde jag för ärmarna. Det krävs lite huvudräkning för att se hur många gånger du måste minska, men det är väl värt det i slutet!

 

Jag stickar en Afmaeli

Jag har för första gången tagit mig an utmaningen att göra en “knit-a-long”. Det är Järbo och Kammebornia som tillsammans håller i det hela. Pia skriver så fina och beskrivande instruktioner att jag ser fram emot varje nytt inlägg även om jag själ  inte har hunnit lika långt som det är tänkt.

Jag är själv förvånad över hur lätt det har varit att sticka denna tröja hitills. Arbetet har bara flutit på och jag är inte långt efter i tidsplanen. Det är så häftigt att se plagget växa fram och att inse att det nog går att sticka en tröja med isländskt mönster på en månad. #kammeborniaafmaeli

My second Siri cardigan

I knitted a second Siri Cardigan!

I loved the first one I knitted so I immediately stared a second one last year. You could easily say this post is overdue, I finished the cardigan autumn 2016. But better later than never.

This one is knitted with the yarn “Alpakka” from Sandnes Garn. It’s such a lovely yarn to work with. The cardigan is so soft and nice. I am sensitive to yarn that might itch and I was so pleased to know that this one does not itch. It’s been my favourite cardigan this winter. I would definitely recommend this yarn!

The pattern is still as awesome as the last time. This time I did a full length cardigan like the pattern suggests. It’s a good pattern that allows you to decide the length by yourself. It’s work from top down.

Since this yarn is softer the pattern “popped” more on the first cardigan. But it’s still visible on this one. I love the pattern and I’m even considering making a third too!