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Baby Llama Maren

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Baby Llama Maren

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The Top-Down Icelandic Sweater taught by Ragga Eiríksdóttir

Designer Ragga Eiríksdóttir teaches you how to knit a fun, authentic Icelandic sweater from the top down and in the round.

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Category Knitting
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Classic, Cute
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What materials did you use? A friend owns a yarn shop, so I like to try to support her by using yarn from there for my projects. For this I used Elsebeth Lavold's discontinued Baby Llama.

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What are you most proud of? This was an awesome class. I knitted this sweater to take on a trip to Iceland. I know I didn't use the right yarn, but this worked up close to the correct gauge--I just had to go up one size in the pattern to make it work. I was a little worried about wearing it in the land of Icelandic sweaters, but it was the only sweater I took and it was cold, so . . . I wore it everywhere for 6 days. I even wore it to the Alafoss factory store where the woman who helped me pick out yarn was extremely complimentary! I was so excited to have Icelandic knitters tell me they thought I did a good job on the project.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? As you can see in the yoke photo, the baby llama yarn wasn't as sticky as Lopi. I should have done a more traditional steek (alternating colors from the row for 3 to 5 stitches on either side of the purl center stitch. As it is, some of the yarn is pulling out and I will have to do some repair work here. I think I can fix it and it will be OK. I used a different button band technique (from Kate Davies Needled blog) called the Steek Sandwich. I like this button band technique especially because I could not find any ribbon in our small town and I wanted to have the sweater finished for our trip. It makes nice buttonholes and it looks pretty good. I knitted the inside of the sandwich in the green/blue color and that looks really nice. I did the final finishing bits in the car on the way to the airport. It was touch and go as to whether I would get it finished in time. We have a really long drive to the airport--four hours--and I got the last bits woven in about 20 minutes before we parked the car! I tossed the other sweater I had packed out of my suitcase and put this one in. I'm so glad I took this class and I highly recommend it!

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love the detailing at the waist and wrists! Nice job!

03/02/2013 Flag

Beautiful!

03/04/2013 Flag

It's funny that your sweater became an action adventure on the way to the airport! The finished sweater looks beautiful- I would love to see more/closeup photos of your steek and button placket.

03/04/2013 Flag

I'll post one on Ravelry: pencraft is my user name there. It may take me a day or two.

03/04/2013 Flag

oh this is beautiful, love it!

03/12/2013 Flag