I made myself a new alpaca pullover. I used the kids pattern perlemorsgenser/mother of pearl pullover as inspiration and made myself some instructions. I used 12 skeins, 600 gram, 2004 meters of Drops Alpaca held double. My cria cardigan was knit in this yarn and it was my favorite until I ruined it in the wash, so I think this will be loved and well used, coming this autumn. I really like the decorative cable and bobbles making the raglan shape the sides. I think it gives interest without being fussy and I think it will blend well in with all my separates. This kind of pullover doesn’t really work with dresses, it makes me feel like a big walking blob and I don’t like to feel like a blob. It will however be perfect with those trousers I’m planning to make. The colour is a mix of undyed natural shades of tan alpaca wool which gives depth to the colour and it will look amazing with the navy blue trousers I’m planning to make.
I have been building up a lot of expectations about this sweater since I decided to make it 6 months ago, it took some time to decide on a colour and it doesn’t completely live up to my expectations, mostly because I see now that raglan isn’t very flattering on me. I see a lot of people wearing raglan, but how can I wear raglan well? I have broad shoulders and this is the result. My beloved has narrow shoulders and look just as misshaped in it?
Or is it the length that is the problem, maybe I should lengthen it a few cm.
I made this to go with a eggplant purple baby trousers is so pose to be the same size. I used my leftovers to make them so the colour is the same, I really like this pattern is the second time I used it and I think I will made another in the yarn as well just to be shore of having a matching set that fits as the same time that or something else that can fit in to this set.
The pattern is Kyse med hullmønster from Strikk till mamma og mini and the pattern is by Siri Hoftun and the yarn Pickles extra fine merino in Deep aubergine.
I am unreasonably proud of this one, the pattern is Nancy kofte by Sandnes garn in hefte 43 kofter. It is knitted in Sandnes Peer Gynt. a 100% Norwegian wool yarn. I made a few modifications the two biggest being short row neck shaping and grading from a larger hip the bust size. It has my favorite wooden buttons and a cotton band covering the cut edges from the steek.
The bets part is that it is finished now when a jacket can be swapped to a nice sweater.
This is kjol (dress) from Knit for your kid, I made it is pickles extra fine merino in the colourway ballerina. This is the yarn that use to be one of the colours in Stjänenbords genser (below). I knitted size 2 years but the fit was horrible so after a few months consideration I ripped it all out and trying to keep the yarn interesting started this project right away. I this is a much better fit for the yarn. I wasn’t completely cure about the colour combination in the colour work having ordered online I was a bit disappointed when it arrived and the colour is so much nice standing on its own, so it was all for the best.
I cast on for size 2 years for kjole and knitted until I ran out of yarn, I only had 2 skeins so it is more of a top then a dress but considering the type of garment it is I think it might fit for a longer period of time with different amount of ease as something to grow with rather then something that is to small before it fits.
Faunajakke from Paelas an other little cardigan made in Novena wool/alpaca blend yarn with porcelain buttons. I used 4 skeins for size 2 years. I really like this pattern but it’s a bitt of a pain to knit, I like to have a rest row in lace knitting but this pattern have alternating ribbing as a base to the lace which means that you have to keep track to the lace pattern on all rows however it is well worth the effort for this. the pattern does not have any neck shaping so I added a few short-rows at the neck just before the ribbing in order to make the front neck a little lower then the back. The Novena yarn is braided not spun which makes it light, fluffy and airy. This cardigan weighs 105 gram buttons included, very light which is nice and makes it a perfect layering pice not adding a lot of bulk underneath some outer wear. Nice for small people that have a tendency to be immobilized of there outerwear in the winter.
Angora kyse from Strikk till mamma og mini knitted in the yarn called for Pickles Angora that I had lying i my stash I do have enough for an other one but I thinking of maybe making a coordinating vest.
This is the 3 hat finished in 5 days, all made in the first 5 days of february, they don’t take allot of time to make but still.
This is flettet lue by tiddelibom a other norwegian designer. The hat is knitted in Pickles extra fine merino Den lysblå timmen, I think this is my favorite yarn, it is plain non super-wash comes in a ton of colours and works well for all sorts of stitches and has grate stitch definition. It is the perfect basic yarn that I comes back to time and time agin.
I made this Faunalue from most of my leftover from Snoningstrøje, this is another pattern from Paelas. The lace pattern isn’t the most enjoyable to knit but I really like the look of the pattern. I used 45gram (99 meters) Sandnes Alpakka for the toddler size, which is on the thin side for this pattern, the colourway is 5563, the perfect blue/purple colour. The alpaca doesn’t show off the stitch pattern as well as merino yarn would, but I think it looks great this fussy way to.
I really like matching sets, it always feels special. So now I only hope that they will fit someone at the same time. But we’ll see when that time comes. I’m also thinking of making more knits in similar colour that will coordinate well with all the little items I already have stored. To make more complete sets without knitting all the pieces, so that all the little cardigans and sweater have leggings and hats or something that goes with it.
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?