This little sweater is knit from the top down in alpaca. I really like alpaca, it is warm, feels amazing to work with and it also drapes a lot and follows your body better then most sheep wool’s and it has a beautiful halo around it. The one thing I do not recommend alpaca for is colour work. I have tried twice and ripped back both times. It might be time to try again now that my colour work skills have improved but it is certainly not easy to get a good result.
Back to this sweater; the pattern is Perlemorgenser by Paelas an amazing small company for “knit kids design” it is a Norwegian company but the patterns come in both english and norwegian. If you knit for kids every now and then you should definitely check them out, so many beautiful patterns and a lot of inspiration. The yarn I used is 100% alpaca 160 meters/50gram and I used 4.5 skeins for the 3 years size. The pattern features 3/4 length sleeves but I lengthened them to about 9″1/2 which is the recommended full length sleeve according to one of my designer books.
I’m considering making one of these as an slightly oversize pullover for me in alpaca of course, to get a drapy warm sweater that goes over a thinner cardigan and still fits under a coat. Since I am a cold person and school is extraordinary chilly for a supposed to be climate controlled to STP or as close as possible since a consistent temperature is important in chemistry. But the only reason I haven’t cast on yet is that I can’t decide on a colour, will a white oversized sweater feel huge, is gray a better alternative or maybe pink, blue or red?
Preparing for colder times, even if it currently is very warm here. I have started to prepare for fall by knitting. This far I have completed one pair of mittens, I lost my good biking mittens half way through the winter last year and never got around to making new ones as the bike needed repair as well. But now that I’m biking everywhere again new mittens will be necessary.
They are made in Du Store Alpakka, Tynn Alpakka and the pattern is my own, made up as I go. As I usually do, I used two different shades of gray held together which makes it look more natural gray instead of dyed gray which it is. I used 3mm needles, 48 stitches for the main hand width and 100 gram is enough for one pair.
* cast on 44 st
* knit a nice and long 1/1 ribbing
* increase 4 st one every 11 st total 48 st
* stockinette for 20 rows
* add thumb over 10 st
* stockinette for 24 rows decrease for top (at sides, k2tog, knit until 2 st before other side ssk,k2tog, knit until 2 st before other side ssk)
* Then again after 4, 3, 3, 3, 2,2,2,2 then every row.
It’s been quite some time since I finished and wrote this post but somehow photos have taken a long time to get, since the weather is no longer that brilliant that is was and the use don’t feel that distant anymore even if I hopefully won’t need that for another month. However I really like this type of mittens and according to ravelry this is my 11:th pair, most of them live with friends and relatives. That said it is the perfect mittens for our climate most of the winter and they’re really quick so, make some for your self won’t you?