Knitting PATTERN // PDF download, Child's Icelandic Sweater "Fjall", by North Child

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This original pattern is for Fjall - an Icelandic sweater, or lopapeysa - to knit in four children's sizes.


This is a satisfying but uncomplicated, intermediate knit for all lovers of top-down construction, and it would make a great introduction to stranded colourwork sweaters. Fjall has a rolled neckline, which leads straight into the stranded yoke. The sleeve stitches are then put on hold while the body is worked, ending with a pattern of mountains, and another rolled edge at the hem. Then back to the sleeves – no grafting in top-down sweaters, just a few underarm stitches to pick up before knitting and decreasing to the cuff, finishing off with a stripe and a rolled edge to balance the design.

Children's sizes S (M, L, XL) - Finished garment chest measurement: 25.5 (27, 29, 30.5)” / 65 (68.5, 73.5, 77.5)cm

To knit this pattern, you will need:
Istex Lettlopi (pure Icelandic wool; 1.75oz / 50g per 109yd / 100m ball):
MC 1420 Murky - 4 (5, 6, 6) balls
CC1 1403 Lapis blue heather – 1 ball
CC2 1418 Straw – 1 ball
CC3 0058 Dark grey heather – 1 ball
CC4 1419 Barley – 1 ball
CC5 0051 White – 1 ball
CC6 1402 Heaven blue heather – 1 ball
This pattern requires 16”/ 40cm and 24”/ 60cm circular needles, and needles for preferred method of working small circumferences in the round: dpns / magic loop / two circular needles.
Also required: darning needle; stitch marker; stitch holder/waste yarn.

Blocked gauge:
This pattern requires two sizes of needles: a larger size for knitting in stocking stitch, and a smaller size for the ribbing.
Blocked gauge is 20 sts and 22 rounds = 4” / 10cm square in stocking stitch using 4.5mm / U.S. 7 needles or whatever size YOU require to achieve correct gauge.

Be sure to block your swatch before checking for gauge, as Lettlopi yarn blooms when blocked.

Techniques Used:
Knit; purl
Working in the round on circular needles
Increasing; decreasing
Cable cast on - a good tutorial link is provided
Working small circumferences in the round using your preferred method: DPNs/magic loop/two circular needles
Working from charts
Stranded colourwork
Picking up stitches
Optional: weaving in ends as you go along - a good tutorial link is provided

A schematic drawing and full-colour chart diagrams are included.

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This downloadable pattern is also available in hard copy as part of my FJALL KNITTING KIT, which includes all the Icelandic Lopi yarn you need to make this sweater, in a unique North Child project bag - available in my Etsy shop, NorthChildTrading.

This pattern is copyright North Child, and for personal and gift use only. You may not sell items made from this pattern, or produce them for commercial use.

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