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Finally Finished

Finally finished my Christmas troll. Does this only exist in the Faroe Islands? Your Christmas troll or “jólatrøll” is the knitting project you were supposed to have finished in time for Christmas, but didn’t. It is said that in the older days your Christmas trolls were hung over the fireplace, so everybody could see your shame – hopefully just for fun.
Well here is my Christmas troll. It is a very traditional man’s jumper with a zipper instead of the usual buttons on the left shoulder. I blame the zipper for this becoming a Christmas troll. But now it’s finished and if you think it looks a bit big, it’s because I’m wearing it.

This is actually the jumper I wrote about in a former post. I steeked it using the crochet method. It went absolutely fine, but I think it got a bit too lumpy where i sewed in the sleeves. When I knitted the sleeves I ended with a few rounds of purl. I used this to fold over the edge to make a better finish on the wrong side, but maybe it wasn’t necessary.
Sorry about the quality of the photo, it was taken with my PC.
I used 3-ply snældan grey colour 4 and needles size 5 mm.

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Yarn: 3 ply snældan in the natural grey colours 2,3,4,5 and 9.
Circular needles 2.5 mm and 3 mm
Gauge: 10 cm = 25 sts.
Finished size: 13 x 20 cm.
Abbreviations: knit = K, purl = P, stitches = sts, decrease = DEC.

Using Colour 5 cast on 64 sts on circular needle size 3 mm and join in the round to work circular.
Knit in rounds according to the chart.
When the chart is finished, change to circular needle size 2.5 mm and work 6 rounds of rib K1 P1. On the first round DEC evenly to 60 sts.
Cast off (K over K and P over P).
Sew in ends and turning the wrong side out sew up the bottom.


and continue to work in rounds on circular needles

Long Faroese Sweater

Free pattern for Faroese sweater with raglan sleeves and worked in the round

Size: (Small )Medium/Large.
If you want to increase or decrease the pattern for custom sizing, note the chart is repeated over 12×12 stitches.

(300) 400 g 3 ply un-dyed white Sirri yarn,
(200) 300 g 3 ply un-dyed light gray Sirri yarn.
Circular needle size 6 mm and 8 mm.
Stitch markers.

Gauge: 10 cm = 11 sts.

Abbreviations: knit = K, purl = P, stitches = sts, continue = cont,  increase = INC, decrease = DEC,  main colour = MC, beginning = BEG, knit 2 together through the back loops = k2tog tbl, knit 2 together = k2tog,  Double Pointed Needles = DPN.

IMPORTANT: You need to be familiar with the magic loop method to knit this sweater, alternatively, when the pattern states magic loop is needed, you can work in the round on DPNs.


Using MC cast on (124) 136 sts on circular needle size 6 mm and join in the round to work circular.
Work 12 rounds of rib K1, P1.
Change to circular needles size 8 mm and knit rows circular. On row 1 Inc evenly to (132) 144 sts .
On row 2, while working in pattern from chart, divide the work up so you have a clear vision of what is the back and front of the piece as follows:
Using stitch markers split the work up by inserting a stitch marker at the beginning of the row, now work (66) 72 sts and insert another marker.
While at the same time work the pattern repeat from the chart.
To get a diamond in the middle of the front:
Size small start by the red arrow, size medium/large start by the green arrow. The red and the green block show the 12×12 sts that you repeat.
Work (45) 48 cm in pattern as charted.
Armhole: Cast off 6 sts under each arm (3 on each side of the stitch markers).
Now rest this piece.


Using MC cast on (28) 30 sts on circular needle size 6 mm and join in the round – magic loop.
Work 12 rounds of rib K1, P1.
Change to circular needles size 8 mm and knit rows in rounds. On row 1 Inc evenly to (34) 38 sts.
Start working the chart pattern design and inc 1 sts at the beg and end on every 4th row until you have (54) 60 sts.
Cont working straight up without further inc until the sleeve is (50) 52 cm long.
Cast off 6 sts under each arm .
Ensure you finish on the same pattern row as on the body.

Knit another sleeve in the same way.

Join for raglan

Ensure you have reached the same row of the pattern chart on the sleeves and body.
Now join the sleeves and body as follows:
Using circular needle size 8 mm  and working in pattern knit a row on one sleeve, now take the resting body piece and work the sts from the front of the body, then work the second sleeve, and finish of working the back of the body.
You have now joined all the stitches on one needle and you are ready to continue working the raglan.
Place 4 stitch markers where the four parts are joined (i.e. one at the beg and end of each sleeve). Ensure to use a marker in a different colour to indicate where the row starts. (The beg of the row is behind the left sleeve).
The stitch markers are placed where you are supposed to decrease for raglan. Work 3 sts on each side of the marker (6 in total) in MC all the way to the neck while working the body and sleeves in pattern.

Dec for raglan on every second row as follows:
In MC work 3 sts on each side of the stitch marker (6 sts in total) as follows: k2tog tbl, k2, k2tog.

Cont raglan decreases until you have worked (18) 20 cm.
Now work short rows as follows still in chart pattern
*K until you reach the second stitch marker, turn and P back until you reach the 3rd stitch marker. Turn and K back to the second stitch marker again.
Knit a whole round*.
Repeat from *-* two more times.


Change to MC and and knit one round. Then knit one round where you dec evenly to (56) 60 sts.
Change to circular needle size 6 mm  and work  rib k1 p1 for 5 rounds.
Cast off (K over K and P over P).
Sew in ends and sew the gaps under the arms together neatly.

The un-dyed Sirri yarn can be dirty, so hand wash the sweater before use. Roll it into a big towel to press out most of the water and let it dry flat in shape.
When it is dry you can press it under a wet towel using a hot iron.