Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Very Scandinavian Sweater

I've finished my very Scandinavian sweater, from a Drops free pattern.  I'm quite happy with it.  It's DK yarn, with little bits of leftover for the spare colors (the green is some Knit Picks, the red some Cherry Tree Hill lace, the orange is from Dancing Leaf Farm, the yellow I think was a bit of Lorna's Laces Shepherd sock).

I couldn't pick embroidery for the front's supposed to just have more of the 5 color, 4 colors to a row stranded work, done back and forth in stockinette, but I just couldn't possibly stomach that, especially on size 1 needles as recommended.  So I worked the bands plain and did some Norwegian-style embroidery on them when I was done, before sewing them up.

It took 2 weeks and 2 days beginning to end.  It might have taken less if I hadn't been sick the whole time, but then it might have taken longer because I would have tried to get more other stuff done.

I really liked the idea of the faux tablet woven bands.  I just can't start with tablet weaving.  I know it's taught to kindergardeners in Scandinavia, and I even have cards downstairs I bought years ago...but it's one more thing I just can't get started with now.  And it's a lot easier to do the knitting well with the experience I have than to start with something new and have to spend time getting good enough at that to be satisfied with the results!

1 comment:

galiah said...

GORGEOUS!!! i especially love the red-orange embroidery down the front.