I have finished my latest cardigan from two weeks. This traditional icelandic cardi is my actual favourite, because keeps me warm meanwhile it is very lightweighted, don't pull out of shape and looks so great with jeans.
The pattern is designed by Ragga Eiríksdóttir and published in Knitty for free. (Yay!) Her instructions are very clearly written, easy to follow and enough detailed to be a great first steeking project. I made steeking at the first time and I'd got every informations from her! (Okay, a glass of vine also helped me to C-U-T my work...)
|I shared this picture befor steeking on Instagram:)|
My Iðunn cardigan was my most documented knit. I have taken at least a hundred pictures in progress and another hundred of the finished item. One of the reasons of that big number was the actual shade of the main color. It is grape: so not blue, not lilac, it is somewhere between them.
- as usually with U.S. standards I went to a size smaller, I made the 'S' size.
- I used more from contrast color
- after finishing the yoke and the extra back shaping started decreasing to have a better fit
- I reknitted the lower part of the body, because I wanted the ribbing to begin from my ‘balance point’ as I’d learnt from Sally Melville :)
- It turned out a little bit loose on the neckline, so I added one repeat of ribbing after first time wearing it
The yarn I chosed is Lett-lopi from Ístex. It is great, because less processed than other wool yarns, made from 100% new wool and extra warm. It knits up nicely, maintains even tension so I highly recommend for beginners. I followed Ragga’s tip and soaked my cardigan in hair conditioner… well, it is better, but not a softy soft cardigan, I hope after wearing and washing a couple times it will soften more.
For more (modeled) pictures and the full knitting story visit my project page on Ravelry.
Wishing you happy knitting!