The yoke pattern is an adaptation of a needlework pattern taken from a manuscript dating back to the 1800s from Hruni, in South Iceland. The sweater has a fitted shape, flaring out at the bottom edge of body and sleeves, but is designed with ease.
Body and sleeves are worked in the round from lower edge to the underarms, and then joined to work yoke in the round. Stranded knitting in yoke: a very long pattern repeat of 18 sts makes this technically a bit tricky - but rewarding!!!
The sweater is knitted as one piece, only a few sts under the arms will need to be stitches together at the end.
To find the un-spun icelandic wool try: www.thingborg.net; www.istex.is; http://knittingiceland.is
UPDATE 1ST JAN. 2014: I tweaked the chart to make it even better, the old version is perfectly OK, but the update is even nicer:)
12sts to 10cm / 12 sts to 4 in
My mother taught me how to knit when I was little... I think I knitted my first sweater when I was about 12... I used to knit under the table in school when I could get away with it...and I have not stopped knitting since:). I am offering a knitting holiday in Iceland: http://www.facebook.com/KnittingInIceland
I am also an architect and designer:)