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Double Yarn Hat

An easy pattern for a one skein project. All you have to know is cast on, knit, purl and how to knit 2 stitches together through the back loops.

hat

Yarn: 100 gram 5-ply Snældan (Yardage is about 150 cm)

Rabbit fur pom-pom.

Circular needle size 6 mm.

One size. Height 20 cm. Circumference 48 cm.

Gauge: 11 sts in rib, k1p1 = 10 cm.

Abbreviations: knit = K, purl = P, stitches = sts, continue = cont, knit 2 stitches together through the back loops = k2togtbl.

CO 48 sts using double 5-ply Snældan. Join in the round.

K1p1 for 9 rounds.
Knit 2 rounds.
Purl 2 rounds.
Repeat those 4 rounds 4 more times.
Knit one round.

Decrease like this:

K6, k2tg tbl, cont til the end of the round.
K5, k2tg tbl, cont til the end of the round.
K4, k2tg tbl, cont til the end of the round.
K3, k2tg tbl, cont til the end of the round.
K2, k2tg tbl, cont til the end of the round.
K1, k2tg tbl, cont til the end of the round.
K2tg tbl, cont til the end of the round.

Cut the yarn leaving a tail long enough to sew it well. Pull the tail through the remaining 6 sts and pull it through to the wrong side.
Sew in the ends well.

Sew the rabbit fur pom-pom to the top of the hat.

Yarn Weights

When I get questions about yarn weights, I always feel a bit lost since we don’t group yarns this way. Now I stumbled on to this guide on craftsy.com to determine your yarns. I have tried the method on the yarns from Sirri and Snældan, and here is the result.

WPI is Wraps Per Inch, and as you can see I wrapped the yarn around a pencil.

WIP

Sirri 3-ply: 12 WPI = DK (Doubble Knitting)
Sirri 2-ply: 20 WPI = Fingering
Sirri 1-ply: 30 WPI = Lace

Snældan 5-ply: 10 WPI = Worsted
Snældan 3-ply: 17 WPI = Sport
Snældan 2-ply: 22 WPI = Fingering
Snældan 1-ply: 36 WPI = Lace

At least this should make it very clear, that 3-ply Sirri is not the same weight as 3-ply Snældan.

There are of course different terms from country to country, so here is a link to Yarn Weigth Terms to help find the right terms and which needles to use.

Hope this was helpful, and comments are always welcome :)

 

My Mathematix Shawl

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

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Gandálvur the cat likes it, too.
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Shawl in Progress

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.

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Not much room left on the needle here.

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Older post about my Mathematix Shawl project.

New Knitting Project

I have a whole week off work so I am now trying out the Mathematix Shawl.

This was the easy part, the eyelet pattern.
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.
mathematix shawl

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.
my little helper

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!

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.