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Top Down Icelandic 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
Sizing Women
Style Casual, Funky
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What materials did you use? Berocco Vintage 5129 (emerald) Plymouth Yarn Co Gina 0010 ( Olive, Forest, Green, Chartreuse) Plymouth Yarn Co Gina 0001 ( Lilac, Blue, Red, Royal)

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What are you most proud of? I've only ever knitted a couple scarves and then socks after taking a class, but I didn't consider myself a true "knitter." I have friends who are what I thought of as Real Knitters, and I suddenly see that I can do way more than I ever expected. I'm excited to finish this sweater and be able to say, "Yes, I made this!" :)

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Even though I've never knitted a full garment, I found my experience with knitting socks (I was taught magic loop, which really suits me) came in handy. I was already used to increases, decreases, short rows, picking up stitches etc., I had never heard of steeking before this class, but Ragga is very calm, smiling (always) and walks you through it so no fear! Ragga is an excellent teacher-probably my favorite so far among many excellent instructors--and I would take another of her classes ASAP. Update: I had some puckering after the adding the third color (I adjusted the strands in the back as I had long ends which helped) so I read online about color work and puckering....One person recommended blocking mid-project to see if that will take care of the problem. So I took the yoke off the needles and onto an extra strand of yarn and blocked by washing in mild shampoo (no conditioner). That was enough to relax the Berroco Vintage to get rid of _most_ of the puckers. So I will continue without frogging in this case~! I see in the images and after blocking it's not perfect, but it's a first sweater, so I knew it would proudly carry some issues as I learn a new skill :)

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Gorgeous colors. I love the play of the self striping yarn into the collar. I'm done with a birthday present and should be able to get back to mine now. Look forward to seeing this finished

03/22/2013 Flag

thank you, the self striping color really shows up after blocking.

04/10/2013 Flag

Love the colors!

04/06/2013 Flag

thank you! I'm almost done with the body. It knits up fast.

04/10/2013 Flag

Absolutely stunning!!! Love your choice of colors!!!

04/10/2013 Flag

thank you! I'm debating on adding the second color to the cuff... :)

04/10/2013 Flag

Beautiful choice of colors! I think color 2 on the cuffs would be great. Please upload photos when you have finished it!

06/15/2013 Flag

Almost done with sleeve 2, so I will upload progress as soon as it's done!

09/05/2013 Flag