Or how I went from this…
… to this
One of my friends knitted a sweater in lots of Sirri colours, where especially the Light Blue C7 and the Coral C18 looked great together. Since then I have wanted to knit something with those two colours in it. So when I started out with the Icelandic Aftur pattern I thought now I had my chance. I started out with Light Brown and knitted the body and the sleeves. The colours don’t start until you have joined body and sleeves for the yoke.
I started out with my darkest colour, Purple C10, but when I had come as far as in this next photo I didn’t like it, and found it was a big mistake with the Light Brown for main colour. Light Grey would have been so much better.
I mixed the same colours a bit different, and this was the next try.
No, no, even worse!
Maybe Dark Blue was better than Purple? And now I was tired of knitting just to unravel again, so remebered this clever method to try out colours.
This is what I ended up with: Light Brown, Dark Brown, Purple C10, Lavender C9 and White. So only 5 different colours since I switched one of the colours in the yoke with my main colour Light Brown.
Finished sweater is a bit lose but very nice in the thin 2-ply Sirri.
I had 15 sts for 10 cm when I knitted in the round, the pattern requires 18 sts, so I had to do a bit of math to adjust the pattern. I started out with 150 stitches instead of 180, very easy math this time ;-).
And 34 sts for the sleeve.
The mathematix shawl is finished. This was really a fun and challenging project. It has not been an easy pattern to figure out and write down. Well done, Susan Luni :) The free pattern can be found here on knitty.com
A new gauge for a new project.
Sirri 2-ply on needles 4.5 mm.
18 stitches and 24 rows = 10 x 10 cm.
Editing to say, that when I knitted in the round, I had 15 stitches for 10 cm. Very big difference.
This turned out to be my Aftur sweater
And here is my work in progress, the Mathematix Shawl. Almost through the 8th and last repeat of the slip stitch pattern. There are one or two mistakes in the edging, but not severe enough for me to unravel it. Actually I am so happy with this pattern that I am planning one more shawl in grey colours – maybe.
The shawl is knitted in 2-ply Snældan and it will be very soft and light when it is finished.
Not much room left on the needle here.
I have a whole week off work so I am now trying out the Mathematix Shawl.
Then there was the transition between section 1 and 2. I had to reknit it a few times before i got it right.
And now I have started on the real challenge, the slip stitch pattern. It doesn’t look that hard, but I have started over for the third time now, counted back and forth and placed markers for every 24 stitches as the designer recommend. I should have done this from the start but thought I was way too clever.
I am using 2-ply Snældan Yarn in light and dark brown natural colours and needles size 4 mm. I think I will shop for a longer circular needle today. Always nice to have an excuse to buy new gear.
And here is my little helper jumping into the photo and stealing my yarn. It is easier to knit when he sleeps.
For the next two weeks I am on holiday. Any orders sent to Faroe Knitting during this period will be processed the second week of September
I have started a new project, a blue scarf in Sirri 2-ply and Kitten Mohair. If anyone wants to knit along, I have 25 sts on 8 mm needles. Every row begins and ends with K2, and the rest of the row is fisherman’s rib, so it is very easy, and the mohair gives it a nice look and softness.
I had two balls of Kitten Mohair from Sandnes in my stash (colour 5836) which I have mixed with the colour closest to it in Sirri (C16) I hope this will be enough for a good long scarf.
After swimming in Faroe Islands you need your woolen underwear, so here is a free pattern for a vest to keep you warm.
Size: Small (Medium) and Large-X-Large
150 g 2 ply undyed yarn from Snældan.
Circular needle size 5 mm and crochet hook size 5 mm.
Abbreviations: knit = K, purl = P, stitches = sts, continue = cont
Cast on 100 (120) 140 stitches on circular needles and knit in the round. Work 55 (60) 65 cm ribbing K2, P2.
Cast off 4 sts, work in rib 46 (56) 66 sts, cast off 4 sts, work in rib 46 (56) 66 sts.
Now you have the front, the back and two armholes.
Work 6 cm rib.
Work 16 sts as they show in rib. Cast off for neck 14 (24) 34 sts, work in rib 16 sts. Finish each shoulder separately. On the third row cast off 1 more stitch towards the neck. When the armhole is 20 cm place the sts on a stitch holder. Finish the other shoulder in the same way.
Work 18 cm rib.
Finish each shoulder separately like you did on the front.
From the wrong side knit the shoulders together using the three needle bind off method.
Crochet around the neck. Sew in the ends.
Now you are ready for a cold swim!
This very difficult question I received in my mail today, and I know it’s very difficult to match colours when you just have photos to look at.
So now I am asking all of you, when picking two colours ,which colour would you choose with Teal?
I have some photos to help, taken in daylight by my window, no artificial light. I know they look different on different computers, and the best way to match colours is, if you can watch them in real life in daylight, but let us give it a try.
Teal C8 is placed in the middle on every photo.
C3 – C8 – C4
C6 – C8 – C5
C10 – C8 – C9
C13 – C8 – C12
C16 – C8 – C7
Seven red, chrocheted hexagons.
Yarn is Sirri 2-ply, and the colours are C12, C15 and C106.
And I used this Hexagon How-to. The hexagons are joined as you go, which is new to me. I usually make a whole bunch of granny squares and then spend days laying them out in different patterns planning how to join them.
Today I finished the shawl. Yes, most of you guessed right, I was knitting a Faroese shawl.
16 comments came in, so I wrote the numbers 1 to 16 on a paper, cut them out and placed them in a small bowl. Mixed well, covered my eyes and pulled… nr. 3.
Congratulations to Janicke Leckang, you have won the yarn.
Please, send your address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And here is the shawl. I will have to knit one more very soon while I still remember how to do it. I used the pattern in the book 215 Shawl Designs by Olivia Joensen. It has the basic shawl pattern in Faroese, Danish and English, but the book is sold out. We are so lucky as to have two copies at the library where I work.
At this point point in the process I almost gave up. there are so many stitches and I kept making mistakes in the lace pattern. Here I am trying to get an overview by using two circular needles.
The yarn is Sirri 2-ply, and the colour is C2