Today I’ve got a special project to show you guys. Somewhere at the beginning of December, Jennifer Steingass of Knit.Love.Wool contacted me to see whether I would be interested to test knit a yet unreleased design of hers. I’ve never done a test knit before, so I was flattered to be asked.
I was sold when Jenn send me the pictures of her own knit; a wonderful Icelandic jumper, in a delightful blue hue. So of course, I couldn’t resist.The pattern was named Telja, which means, Jenn told me, “believe” in Icelandic.The original design is knit with quince and co, but Jenn told me it was fine to use any other yarn which matched gauge. She must have guessed my taste in yarn very well as she suggested Lett Lopi to me, which is exactly the yarn I thought of using when I first saw the design.
Inspiration for the colour palette came from outside. I was inspired by the purples, pinks and greens you can find in the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. Not that this phenomenon occurs often -or at all to be honest- where I live. When your TV-time consists solely of nature documentaries, supplemented with other documentaries, you tend to pick some things up. The closest I’ve ever gotten to seeing the Northern Lights were the webcams from Shetland.org. I’d been watching a documentary about Svalbard recently, and when I saw the Northern Lights again, I decided on the colour choices for this project. Check my ravelry for the colour codes!
I have a lot of yarn left, mostly because I waffled about a bit with regards to the sizing. I should point out that this was not a fault with the pattern but rather a brain blip with myself. Since I lost a bit of weight I am apparently entirely incapable of knowing my own size, even when taking measurements. I had to reknit a part of the body because it became rather large when compared to my other lopi sweaters. I suspect me knitting a large part of the jumper while I was also working on my exams, and the accompanying stress had an impact on my gauge as well!
I love the yoke pattern. For it’s apparent simplicity, it’s a surprising pattern. The different medallion lockets give the contrast colours a real chance to shine. When I saw Jenn’s WIP I thought it was knitted top-down, but I was happy to see that the pattern was actually knitted bottom-up, my preferred construction method. The original has I-cords at the hems and collar, which I left out. Instead I added a ribbed collar. The pattern was clearly written, especially when you’ve got a little experience with Icelandic jumpers, this pattern should guide you quite easily. Just a note: there are quite a few rows that require you to knit with three different colours, the beware if you’re wary of that.
Thanks Jenn for letting me test this pattern. I’m completely in love with the result. If you like it, you can find it in the By Hand lookbook published today and in a little while in Jenn’s Ravelry store.