As per usual I got so involved with my lopapeysa/icelandic sweater project that I did not manage to chart my progress as I went, but here's the next part of the 'story' . . .
I finished the main part of the sweater (using an exisiting sweater as a template for sizing - that's the grey one underneath BTW) . . .
So that was the body ready, now for the sleeves . . .
I made two, of course, hehe! Nothing too challenging so far - just getting used to stranded colour knitting on much larger needles than I'm used to! Basic increasing every 12th row - nothing tricky, just keep counting!
OK, so now we have a body and two sleeves ready for joining together, that's the fun part Yay! . . .
You now join the everything together on your main circular needle (the one the body is knitted on) - you leave a few stitches from each sleeve on a holder to be sewn up later. Your sweater is now getting quite cumbersome to carry - it's quite a heavyweight! . . .
The instructions to join the parts together were fairly straightforward - well I managed it anyway - I definitely broke sweat at this point though, pheeeeew!.
It's now time to follow the colour chart for the yoke - this was the part I was looking forward to! The knitting up of the main parts can get a little boring but this yarn knits up fast :) I was a little worried about my knitting tension of the colour work - some online advice suggested going up a bigger size of needle but I decided to keep my knitting tension loose instead - this was a little tricky but turned out well . . .
So strange doing colour work on these big needles - it was a challenge to keep everything nice and even. I decided to strand in some of the longer floats at the back after much ummming and ahhhhing. This website was reassuring re floats though so I didn't fret toooooo much - when in Iceland and all that (yes, I know I'm not but you know what I mean - I was trying to be authentic!)
Anyway it's all gone swimmingly - I'll reveal the finished sweater next week after the recipient receives it. If it's too small . . . . well I could wear it myself!
See you next week with the finished sweater - hurray!! BTW I'm making this one here by Vedis Jonsdottir :) Great pattern :)