My Scandinavian Sweater with Textured Star Pattern on Yoke by Hjertegarn is finished!
As you can see it’s huge! If it was a couple of inches longer it could be a dress. When I was knitting it I was sure that the body was coming up small so I adding on about 10cm. Clearly I could have trusted the pattern! Even though its not what I had in mind when I started I really like the extra length. It feels big and warm and cozy and it’s perfect for a frosty day like today. As it doesn’t have any shaping it’s slouchy while I really like. Lots of room for winter comfort eating!
As you can see from the picture the pattern is very subtle. It’s a star pattern in purl stitches. The subtle pattern was a little annoying to knit as it was difficult to see the pattern forming and I had to pay much more attention to the chart than I normally would. On the plus side in a subtle pattern it’s easy to hide mistakes. I like the finished effect although if I was doing it again I would work the star pattern in a different colour.
The wool was scratchy when I was knitting with it but actually it’s fine to wear. Less itchy than some of the other wool jumpers I’ve made. I was a bit naughty and put it through the washing machine on a cold wash and it’s come out just fine.
Overall I made the following modifications:
- increased the body to 47cm (up to arm hole)
- increased sleeves to 50 cm (I like my sleeves long)
- final 4 decreases along raglan rather than on body
- I stopped decreasing at 108 stitches and started the rib (I don’t like necklines too high).
I’ve always been a little bit slapdash about weaving in my ends in the past but on this project I knew that it would really show up so I decided to do it properly. I found an article in Knitty which explained it really clearly and it’s given me a lovely clean finish and you can’t see it at all at the front.
All in all I’m very pleased. In fact I’m wearing it right now!