Strokkur Sweater – Finished!

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.

Strokkur Sweater by Ysolda Teague, LettLopi yarn, knit by Emily of Knitting Butterflies Podcast

Strokkur Sweater by Ysolda Teague, LettLopi yarn, knit by Emily of Knitting Butterflies Podcast

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. 

Strokkur Sweater by Ysolda Teague, Lettlopi yarn, knit by Emily of Knitting Butterflies Podcast

Strokkur Sweater by Ysolda Teague, Lettlopi yarn, knit by Emily of Knitting Butterflies Podcast

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.

Project Notes:
Pattern: Strokkur by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Istex Lettlopi in teal, ivory, and lavendar
Needles: US 3, 4, and 5
Ravelry Page

Strokkur Sweater by Ysolda Teague, Lettlopi yarn, knit by Emily of Knitting Butterflies Podcast

Strokkur Sweater by Ysolda Teague, Lettlopi yarn, knit by Emily of Knitting Butterflies Podcast

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.

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