Grettir for Her

I’ve wanted make my own Grettir since Jared Flood published it.

I absolutely love fairisle and round yokes so it was pretty obvious this design would find its way to my closet. Well, not only mine as I cast on for my Hubby’s version yesterday.

I made my Grettir in Cascade Yarns 220. It’s worsted weight wool which means this sweater knit up really fast. I made it in between other projects and I was really surprised it went so fast. I modified the original instructions a little. My sleeves and body are longer. When I knit bottom-up sweaters I can never tell it all parts are long enough and I end up making them really long :-) I love the length of the body, but sleeves grew a little in washing so I have to fold the ribs now. I don’t mind that a lot as this sweater will be used by me during cold winter days so extra fabric on my wrists will be just perfect to keep my hands warm.

This was the second time I made a stranded round yoke. The first one was knit top-down with lots of increases and decreases to compensate for the gauge difference between the stranded part and Stockinette. So much fuss! Jared just tells you to go up in needle size and I admit I like it a lot more. The decreases are not all over the yoke, the stitches are clean and even, and the chart is very easy. Bravo!

There were also a couple of other modifications. My last short row section has only 4 short rows. I believe the original instructions work well with a turtle neck, but crewneck was too high on back neck for my taste. Also next time I’d work chart A instead of B – I’m short and those two rows less would make the yoke fit me better.

I highly recommend this pattern to everyone wanting to try stranded knitting for the first time. It’s really easy and Jared even tells you which color is dominant so your WS looks really neat.

All in all, I love my Grettir a lot and can’t wait to make the men’s version for my Hubby now. I just wish my modelled pics were better, but it’s either too dark or raining in here :-( So next time, when I model the sweater with Marcin :-)

Have a great weekend!

6 thoughts on “Grettir for Her”

  1. i love this so much!!! can i ask a question for the sake of knowing – is there a reason certain sweaters are designed from the bottom-up, rather than top-down? i was never sure why! thanks!

    1. I think it’s just a matter of someone’s preference.
      in both cases you need to think over the shaping to get a nice fit.
      Personally I prefer top down sweaters because I can manage my yarn usage better, especially when I’m not sure if I have enough of it.
      Thank you for your comment.

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