22 February, 2015

Sweater from Sandnes Garn

This sweater pattern is from Sandnes Garn,
found in one of their discontinued catalogs.

As far as I know
it is only written in Norwegian,
but I might be wrong.

The catalog can be found on their web-page.
Look for it a bit down
in the middle of the page.
Name of catalog: Til Fjells #0411
Pattern number 23

I struggled just a little bit
with the sleeve stitch amount.
The pattern suggested a huge increase
following the ribbing.

I assume that since the pattern is dated,
wider sleeves was the style back then.
 I increased 14 more stitches instead of 32.

Running out of yarn
My second issue was
- running out of the main dark grey color.
Body was done,
and only one sleeve was done.
Several cm left on the second sleeve...

No skeins left in the LYS,
and I was heading out of the country 
the next day.
One of two options,
give up or be creative!

I unraveled down 
past the stranded pattern on top,
devided the last yards of grey 
between the 2 sleeves,
and added some pattern rows
to the top of the sleeves.
It worked for me....

Attaching the sleeves

Sleeves was attached
with invisible horizontal seam,
from the right side.

Following the instructions on this
might be helpful.

On the sleeve side of the seam,
- stitch as on the video above,
and on the sweater side of the seam,
(in a straight vertical line)
grab the bar between the stitches.

Neck shaping
 Many patterns suggest working
back and forth a given numbers of rows,
as you approch the very top
of the sweater, to form either
a front or a neck shape.

In this case the sweater was worked
straight to the top,
no neck bind-off or decreases.
The neck shape was formed
using contrast color yarn and 
a tapetsry needle.
Then steeked and cut as for 
the front closure and sleeve openings.

The increase method
 at the front part of the collar
was also changed.
 The pattern suggested a 1 stitch increase
on each side every 2 cm.
As the color is worked back and forth
in k2, p2, these increase stitches
were to be worked 
in a continuation of the k2, p2,
ribbing pattern.

It would in my mind be very visible 
right at the front of the sweater,
So I decided to increase
in the purl stitch columns
closest to each side of the collar,
 from 2 to 3 purl stitches for the first increase.

Next increase was done the same way,
but in the next purl stitch column
in from each side.
Third increase in the third column,
and so on.

Last little detail,
was hiding the steek stitches.

Some patterns include how to
work a knit lining of the raw, cut edges.
This pattern did not.

Since low on extra yarn was an issue,
I basically handstitched
a strip of fabric for protection,
and visibility of, the other wise,
quite ugly edges.

Hope this was helpful...
Have a nice day!