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Iceland Sweater

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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
Yarn Weight Worsted (10 ply)
Sizing Women
Style Casual, Classic, Traditional
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What needles did you use? US 7 / 4.5 mm / UK 7

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What materials did you use? Knit Picks Wool of the Andes - 100% Puruvian Highland Wool in Fjord Heather - Creme Brulee - White

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What are you most proud of? That I was able to complete my first steeked sweater.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? I would suggest making a few swatches to try different methods of doing the steeking stitches. If I make another sweater of this nature I will use the backstitch instead of the crocheted stiched up the sides. I did not feel confident that the stitches would keep the knitted stitches secure. I did a backstitch with sewing thread along the edge of my knit stitches as well as doing a duplicat stitch over the button area of croched edge.

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Pretty pleased with the overall product. If I had to do over, I would not use the crocheted chain to secure the steeked stitches. Did not feel confident that they would hold. Also, I did not go with the ribbon facing but did my own knit facing.

11/29/2013 Flag

Great job! Like the look of your knit facing. I have not steeked mine yet. Trying to decide how I want to reinforce the steeking.

11/29/2013 Flag

Awesome job! I really like your knitted facing. :-D

11/30/2013 Flag

LOVE it!! Great job!

12/22/2013 Flag

Lovely! Could you give some details of your knitted facing? Did you pick up the stitches on each side of the steek stitch? I am all finished with my knitting and am nervous to cut!

02/19/2014 Flag

That is exactly what I did. I would suggest using a very small crochet hook to do your crochet steek stitches, I used a 3mm needle but that was not small enough to hold the stitches in place. If/when I do again I will reinforce with a line of back stitches just to the inside of my crocheted line of stitches. After my steek was cut I picked up stitches along that crocheted line of stitches, about every 3rd chain, on the side of the loop that faced the facing and just knit in stockinette stitch for as wide as I wanted my facing to be, decreasing at the neck edge as needed to follow the shape of the neckline. I used a size 4mm needle for the facing. Hope that helps. I would suggest doing a few swatches to practice steeking on, experimenting with different needle sizes, I know it takes extra time but you will be so much more confident and pleased with your end product. I didn't think to do any swatches before hand and sure wish I would have thought of it first before I steeked.

02/21/2014 Flag