Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Icelandic Sweater finished and mailed...

...to my son. He asked me to knit this a couple of years ago and sent a picture of a band member wearing this design.
I hymmed and hawwed and dragged my feet a bit. Why?
Well, because this was the first time knitting an Icelandic Sweater, my son has loooooonnng arms [6'4"] and I doubted my ability to get it to fit right.....the first time. I'm the only one....right?
He sure had faith in me or he wouldn't have asked me to knit him one.
I actually had it knit up with gauge in stitches...........HA. Since I haven't knitted something in a yoked pattern, I didn't think gauge in rows was needed. Well, I was wrong and had to frog my first attempt and start over.
I am so glad I did. I am so happy I did.
Thanks to EZ and Meg's way of thinking [and now mine], I made the back a bit longer to avoid that dreaded frontal droop AND the back of the neck is raised a bit, too, so there wouldn't be that dreaded uncovered neck.
The unfinished sweater traveled with me, at Christmas time, to visit my son. He tried it on and oh did he look fine......except that I needed to add an additional 2 3/4" to EACH sleeve. Ha! That was an easy fix! Once I got back home, I snipped a thread about an inch above the needed sleeve increases and picked a whole round out. I then knit the required length, grafted the sleeve back on, weaved the few threads in - here and there, soaked, blocked, dried and mailed it.....
I hope to post a photo of him wearing it real soon!


  1. Wow, it's lovely! And you did it off a photo???

    (And you've hit on why I've never knit my husband a sweater, despite having the yarn to do so for quite some time - he, too, is 6'4"!)

  2. And how lovely to have an offspring that actually wants knitted garments! Well worth the effort, it looks terrific.

  3. Gorgeous! Bet your son will definitely be the most handsome dude around!

  4. Beautiful! My next sweater to try I hope :)

  5. I've bookmarked your blog. I love it. Your method of adding to the length of the sleeves is something I wouldn't have thought of. The sweater is beautiful!



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