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Finding the Right Colours

Or how I went from this…

Planning the colours

Lavender C9, Coral C18, White 10, Light Blue C7, Purple C10 Light Brown 31

… to this


Aftur Sweater

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.

First try

First try

I mixed the same colours a bit different, and this was the next try.
No, no, even worse!

Second try

Second try

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.

Light Brown 31, Dark Blue C2, Lavender C9, Coral C18, Light Blue C7, White 10

Light Brown 31, Dark Blue C2, Lavender C9, Coral C18, Light Blue C7, White 10

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.

5 colours

Dark Brown 32, Light Brown 31, Lavender C9, White 10, Purple C10

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.

My Aftur Sweater

My Aftur Sweater


Trying to Strike a Pose like Sarah Lund

This sweater is knitted using Sirri 3-ply Dark Brown and Light Brown on needles size 8. It’s a size medium so there are 105 stitches for the body and 30 for the sleeves.
To add extra length there are 13 rows (instead of 10) of the main colour between the rows with stars and hour glasses. 


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.

The Killing

 I have received a few letters this last week asking questions about the sweater with stars, Sarah Lund is wearing in the Danish TV-series Forbrydelsen/The Killing, which is now shown in the UK on BBC4.
This particular sweater is designed by Guðrun & Guðrun, and it’s based on the traditional Faroese sweater where the star, as in the other Nordic countries, is often used. Guðrun & Guðrun interpreted the traditional pattern and made it smart, super cool and up to date. When the TV-series was shown in Denmark, the traditional Faroese sweater was suddenly back in fashion, and we saw pictures of it everywhere.  Danish supermodel Helena Christensen was also spotted in it.

 If you want to knit your own traditional sweater, this is what you need:
Sirri yarn 3-ply undyed White and Dark Brown,  approximately 400 grams. Needle size 8 mm.
Knit the sweater to fit very tight, since the Sirri wool will stretch when you wear it.

Here is a link to show The Star.

Article in The Guardian:
Sarah Lund’s Danish Jumper is the surprise star of BBC4’s The Killing.