This one was a quick knit, as far as sweaters go. We had a cold snap recently in Colorado, with a few days of below zero temperatures. It was during this time I decided I wanted, no, NEEDED a Lopi sweater. Something to snuggle up in and drink hot chocolate. Craftsy had a massive sale on yarn right after Christmas, so it was time for me to finally make the jump and purchase the yarn for a cozy, fair isle, yoked sweater.
I went back and forth over what pattern I wanted to make. I considered Sundottir by Dianna Walla from Wool People, but it seemed very tailored and fitted, and I wanted something with more ease to wear over clothing. After all, Lettlopi is very warm, but it also has a coarseness that makes me not want to wear it next to my skin at all. After picking up a third color, I decided to knit the Strokkur Sweater by Ysolda Teague. I had seen a few of these on podcasts recently and I loved how it looked, and everyone said it was very easy and knit up perfectly.
The pattern itself was incredibly easy to understand. I worked on this project alongside a few others including a lot of spinning on my spinning wheel, so I am sure this would have easily knit up in a couple of weeks had I worked on in exclusively. It’s knit bottom up in the round, and I must be a crazy knitter because I had the hardest time getting guage on this project. The pattern calls for size US 7 needles, I ended up having to go down to 4’s to get correct guage. I went down to US 3 for the ribbing on the bottom (I really prefer to have the ribbing pull in on the hips a bit) and I used US 5 for the fair isle yoke.
By the way, the yoke was MAGICAL to knit. Seriously, I wish I could have knit that yoke over and over and over again. And again and again and again. Have I mentioned how much I love to knit fair isle in the round? It’s like magic. There are directions for two sets of short rows to lower the front yoke and neckline. I did the first set of instructions because I had no idea what was going on, but I decided not to knit the second set. As it turned out, this placed everything exactly where I wanted it.
Pattern: Strokkur by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Istex Lettlopi in teal, ivory, and lavendar
Needles: US 3, 4, and 5
The finished sweater was magical to put on. It’s not often when I take a breath when I see something on me, but I totally did this time. It ended up very, very flattering, with the yoke laying perfectly across my shoulders, and even the garter stitch collar I was so nervous about turned out perfectly. Would I knit this again? In a heartbeat! Yes! I want many many more of them in my sweater drawer! I would love to knit something like this again with a different yarn, the hand was a bit rough for me personally but I think it would be a blast to find something softer. This sweater made me want to go knit all of the yoked sweaters, and I have yarn to knit a super nerdy one. I guess I had better go and start swatching!
Also, random, my local newspaper did a story on people who didn’t watch the Superbowl, and they featured me finishing this sweater! It was my last project for the Down Cellar Studio Pigskin Party, which was a fantastic knitalong. You can find the article here.