My brother and sister-in-law went to Iceland. They kindly brought me back a bagful of lettlopi. So, I knit my first Icelandic sweater! It is so warm! It’s also itchy, but feels comfy over long sleeves on a cold day.
The pattern is Árni from the book Knitting with Icelandic Wool. It is a men’s pattern. I adapted the pattern by adding waste shaping. I started with a 38 size and then decrease to 31 inches at the waist. I increased to about 40 inches at the bust, and then decreased again before starting the yoke. I figured that the men’s pattern was designed for broader shoulders. So, I also removed one (or 2 I can’t remember) pattern repeats from the yoke.
I used the sewing machine to attach the zipper. It looks a little wonky at the bottom. Also, the pattern is a few millimeters off at the zipper. and I plan to take it off and reattach at some point. Otherwise, I’m very happy with this make!
Knitting baby clothes is the best! I love being able to finish a sweater in a week or two. This is the Flax pullover from Tin Can Knits. I knit size the 6-12 month size for my 8 month old babe. It was an easy and fun knit. The yarn is Cascade Sierra, a cotton/wool blend, which I think is discontinued.
I really like this pattern. It looks great on my littlest boy.
In November, I told my friend Cary that I would knit him a hat. He said he needed to buy one and I insisted “No! I’ll make you one.” Then it took me 2 months to fulfill the promise! There were so many holiday gifts to finish. Plus, the first hat I made was too small (my fault for not reading ravelry notes). So, I actually made him 2 hats. The first one went to my son. Here is the finished product:
I used Berroco Ultra Alpaca (50% wool and 50% alpaca) and this tutorial. It’s pretty straightforward. Someone who is experienced with hats wouldn’t need a pattern for this. I’m new to hats. And my first one was a bit of a failure, so this simple pattern was much appreciated!
I recently made four bandana cowls as gifts. Then I made one for myself. I love this pattern. It’s quick and it helped me to get comfortable with short rows. It looks great, too! I used Madelinetosh Vintage. Her yarn is so soft and smooth. I also made one in Chunky, which turned out equally well.