LOVE IT!

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Nordic Memories
Pattern: Interweave Knits, Fall WINTER 2003
Yarn: Knitpicks Merino Style, 10 skeins Hollyberry, 2 skeins Harvest, 1 skein Storm
Needles: Denise US 5
Finished: January 24, 2006

My first fair isle! Done back and forth, too – so my purl rows are definitely looser than my knit rows. Colourwork isn’t perfect, but who is? I floated the yarn behind, resulting in some damn long yarn pieces back there…

7 stitches, actually! In DK weight yarn! Long I know, but I tried weaving and it just wouldn’t work – the bright yellow showed through way too much.

The sleeve cap on this sucker is a bit weird – usually you’d start by binding off a few stitches, but this one is just “BO 1 at the beginning of following 12 rows”. I didn’t bind off the one stitch – instead I decreased at both ends on the RS rows. Made it a bit difficult to match up with the armhole, but I suppose it worked. The upper arm’s also a bit big for me, but that’s ok.

I made the sweater body a titch longer than in the pattern, about a centimetre or a little more on the front and back. And I used the FULL ten balls of the MC – check out my leftovers:

So cozy and soft, yet not sloppy looking! I just love it!

34 Responses to “ah, those Nordic Memories”

  1. Heidi

    That is a beautiful sweater. You are amazing! (so productive, and everything you make suits and fits you pefectly).

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  2. jody

    gorgeous! i love the touch of storm blue as contrast for the warm tones of the red and yellow. your tension looks great too (i gasped when i read you did this back and forth!)

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  3. Dani

    Laura, it looks great! You have got to teach me how to do Fair Isle – I think I am getting the bug

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  4. JennyRaye

    I love it too!!!! And you are wearing it 24 days after you started, well done! I want to try fair isle, as well, but have so much other stuff planned for the immediate future. But yours is definitely and inspiration!

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  5. Rachel H

    Beautiful! Great job. And I can’ t believe you finished it so quickly with all that spinning going on.

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  6. Kim

    I love it too! It looks like the fit is great and I like the colors. What a good job. And the Merino Style is so soft and nice.

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  7. Tara

    Excellent! (I was looking for an exclamation not already used)
    simply beautiful and inspiring-congratulations!

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  8. Wanda

    What a beautiful sweater. I don’t recall this sweater and now I’m going to have to look for it. It really looks great on you and the fair-isle is great!

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  9. Tara

    ok, you’re so inspiring that I looked through a Fall 03 IK but I couldn’t find the pattern!

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