Icelandic Sweater


Introduction: Icelandic Sweater

This past summer my husband and I went to Iceland. the only souvenier I wanted was an Icelandic style sweater, but do you know how much those are? So we drove to the Alafoss factory outlet and I bought the yarn and instruction booklet to make my own. This is knit in the round and lastly cut up the center to add the button band. I've never knit a sweater, never followed a pattern, and never have had to weave in yarn to avoid long floats before this. And it was less than half the price of a sweater in the shops!



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    I had to take it apart sooo many times because I couldn't figure out how to read a pattern chart! I also might have over blocked it, can I make it smaller again? Any suggestions?

    Try blocking it again; wool is so forgiving. If push comes to shove, you could try fulling it a teensy bit. That's become a bit of a trend here in the Bay Area Knitting Klatch. Of course, keep in mind that fulling shrinks vertically more than horizontally (relative to the knitting, not the garment).

    Thanks for your input, I will try blocking again.  So nerve wracking!  I just don't want to ruin the work I have put into it!

    I'm not surprised you had to take it apart a lot, it is a very complicated pattern, even for an experienced knitter. This was your first sweater - absolutely amazing! As for re-blocking (hmmm!) Big sweaters are all the range at the moment, I wouldn't mess with it any more in case you wreck it, and it's too good to spoil.

    Beautiful! now heres the beauty of it...when it comes to knitting, every true knitter obsesses over a mistake or what they perceive to be a mistake...and no one knows where the mistake is except for you. if it looks good and fits ok, go with it. everyone is gonna be more impressed with the fact that its a labor of love (an intensive one at that) that if you show them where you make a mistake, they arent gonna care the way you think....they arent gonna say 'oh...bummer' you will get the opposite instead, they see it as proof that you did it. proof that you love them enough to cramp up those hands, take months of time, and every waking moment to put your heart into it. take a deep breath, reach your right hand over your left shoulder and give yourself a pat on the back. by the way, your stitch carry over is awesome, i dont think its past four stitches, you are impressive. i have been knitting since age 12...I'm a grandma now....dont nobody be doing no math around here....and i avoid those patterns becuz i just know i cant make it look like yours. you did good. now put your feet up and brag a bit.

    Wow did an awesome job!!! My first sweater, the sleeves were two different sizes and it was so big you could fit a whole family in it. Keep up the good work.

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    When knitting sleeves, I always knit them both at the same time on the same needles, then they always come out the same size. If they are both wrong, at least they match!

    Do you do that on circulars? I'm having a hard time wrapping my brain around that one.

    I use the circular needles as one straight needle and just knit back and forth. I don't go round and round. It's great when you have a lot of stitches. The straight needles, never seem long enough, and also get in the way, catching on your arms and on chairs, etc. etc.!

    NICE JOB! I can't believe you made this on your own, looks incredibly warm and difficult, you are a master! Very good job! +1 rating.

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