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After Swimming

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
Materials:
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

Body

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.

Front

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.

Back

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!

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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

Two Patterns for Faroese Shawls

Folk Shawls: 25 knitting patterns and tales from around the world (Folk Knitting series) by Cheryl Oberle.

This book has two Faroese shawl patterns, a small shawl and a big one, which are named after the two islands Líttla (little) Dímun and Stóra (big) Dímun.
In the book there is also a tale of how the Faroe Islands got their name, which I have never heard of before. It goes “Norwegian sailors sailed past the islands and saw creatures flying in the mist. They thought they were fairies, and therefore the name, Faroe Islands.”
The Faroese name for Faroe Islands is Føroyar, where the last part “oyar” means islands. First part “Før” is said to originate from the old Norse word fæ/fae, which means cattle or small cattle. This should be due to all the sheep everywhere, brought to the islands by the first settlers, Irish monks in the 6th century.
But anyways, if you are looking for a a pattern in English for a Faroese shawl, this book is an option.

Purple Sweater

Size: (Extra Small/Small )Medium/Large.

Materials:
(300) 400 g 3 ply Purple Sirri  yarn, C10,
Circular needle size 7 mm.
Stitch markers.

Gauge: 10 cm = 13 sts

Abbreviations: knit = K, purl = P, stitches = sts, continue = cont,  increase = INC, decrease = DEC,  beginning = BEG, knit 2 together through the back loops = k2tog tbl, knit 2 together = k2tog,  Double Pointed Needles = DPN, S1 K1 PSSO = SKP, slip = S, pass the slipped stitch over = PSSO.

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.

Body

Cast on (90) 120 sts on circular needle size 7 mm and join in the round to work circular.
Work 3 rounds of rib K1, P1.
Inc evenly to (94) 122 sts on the next row.
Using stitch markers split the work up by inserting a stitch marker at the beginning of the row, now work (47) 61 sts and insert another marker.
Cont in rib until you have (42) 45 cm.
Armhole: Cast off 6 sts under each arm (3 on each side of the stitch markers).
Now rest this piece.

Sleeves

Cast on (34) 38 sts on circular needle size 7 mm and join in the round – magic loop.
Work in rib K1 P1 until you have (45) 48 cm.
Cast off 6 sts under each arm.
Knit another sleeve in the same way.

Join for raglan

Now join the sleeves and body as follows:
Using circular needle size 7 mm  and working in rib 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.

Dec for raglan on every third row as follows:
Work 3 sts on each side of the stitch marker (6 sts in total) as follows: k2tog, k2, SKP.

Cont raglan decreases until you have worked 22 cm.

Neck

Knit one round where you dec evenly to 64 sts.
Work rib k1 p1 for 10 rounds.
Cast off (K over K and P over P).
Fold the neck in half  to the inside and stitch edge to inside.
Sew in ends and sew the gaps under the arms together neatly.

Press the sweater under a wet towel using a hot iron.

Basic pattern for baby vest

Baby vest

Basic pattern for baby vest

Size: Newborn
Materials:
30 g 1 ply un-dyed yarn from Sirri or Snældan.
Circular needle size 3 mm and crochet hook size 3 mm
1 button

Abbreviations: knit = K, purl = P, stitches = sts, continue = cont

Body

Cast on 100 stitches on circular needles and knit in the round. Work 20 cm
ribbing K2, P2. Using stitch markers, now split the work up to 50 sts
(back), 25 sts (front, left) and 25 sts (front, right).

Back (50 sts)

K6 first and last on row to make garter edges, work K2, P2 rib in between
the garter edges. Work 8 cm in this fashion. Rest the first 12 sts, and cast
off 26 sts (for neck). Work 12 sts in K and ribbing for next 2 rows and then
rest these sts. Work the 12 first stitches in garter and rib for next 2 rows
and then rest these sts.

Front right (25 sts)

K the first 6 sts (armhole) now work 16 sts rib (K2, P2) and K3 sts
(middle). Turn and knit 4 cm in rows as follows to shape neck line:
Cast off for neck on every other row 4 times, 7-3-2-1 stitches. You now have
12 stitches left for the shoulder. Work in garter and rib until it has the
same length as the back.

Front left (25 sts)

Mirror front right or:
K the first 3 sts (middle) then work 16 sts in rib (K2, P2) and K6 sts
(armhole). Cont in this fashion for 4 cm and cast off for the neck on every
other row (7-3-2-1 sts). You now have 12 stitches left. Work in garter and
rib until it has the same length as the back.

Knit shoulders together using three needle cast off. Sew away ends neatly.

Crochet around the neck and chain a little buttonhole. Sew in the ends and
sew on a button.

Hand wash the baby vest before use as the wool can be dirty. This will also
make the yarn felt slightly as well as making it stronger and softer.

Baby vest