This past year has been very busy for me, with taking care of elderly parent in another state. However, with that said, my knitting has kept me sane. I really became fascinated with with the idea of working with colors when I saw a picture of a beautiful Ski sweater on the cover of an old knitting magazine. So what did I pick for my first project? You guessed it, the Norwegian Olympic Team sweater. Here are some pictures of the results- and did I learn a lot about “floats.” This sweater was made of Heilo Norwegian wool, sports weight.
You will note that this sleeve is on my “Magic loop.” I don’t think I have used a straight needle since I discovered this method.
On the bottom of the sleeve I used the weaving method of changing colors. To keep the gauge uniform I switched to a size larger needle than the pattern called for, but even with that change I still had to drag the stitches back toward the right with my index finger to keep the gauge even. I discovered it just take a willingness to practice.
On the right is a picture of the main part of the sweater. I took it out three times before I was satisfied with it. After coming across an article that encouraged you to not worry about the floats, as they could be tacked down later, I tired it. With a little practice, I found that the design was much cleaner. When I finished I simply divided my yarn into single ply threads and tacked down the long floats, then wove in the ends. It worked beautifully, and the gauge was even. I used regular steeks for the sleeve openings, and wrapped steeks for the neckline. What a neat way to put a sweater together. The only thing I would add to the process is about four regular steek stitches each side of the neck opening before a I made the wrapped steek for the span. It would secure the neck edge stitches a bit more, making it easier to handle. When I do the next one I will take some pictures of the process.
Here is a picture of my son wearing his new ski sweater. He loves it It’s a little fuzzy, but you get the idea.
If I did it again, I would go to figuring weight yarn,(Palette, from Knit Picks) and use #2 needles, which would make it a bit lighter.