Riddari, Védis Jonsdottir
The history of this jumper started last autumn. In fact, actually, it started a long time ago if I’m completely honest. It started a few winters ago when I saw Sonja’s amazing Icelandic sweater. I thought it was so cool, and I wished that I could have one like this one day. Except that, at that time, I had no idea how to knit.
So let’s jump to last winter now, when I saw this very cute sweater from Gap. I loved it and tried to buy it but this colour wasn’t in the shop anymore. I tried the other colours but I wasn’t convinced, and I wasn’t sure about the quality of the product for the price. So I decided to knit one for myself instead! However, It took me quite a long time to start it. And here is why.
First of all, I had to choose the design: not easy. You have a lot of choice online, but it was hard to find the one I really wanted to knit. The first one I liked the most was the Lighthouse Pullover de Carrie Bostick Hoge. Sadly, the pattern wasn’t available online as a single pattern, and as I wasn’t a fan of the rest of the book, I didn’t want to purchase it.
So as I continued my searches, I stumbled across LiaIsabel’s Riddari and absolutely loved it. So I decided to go for this pattern: the Riddari, from Védis Jonsdottir.
Once I’d chosen the pattern, I had to chose the yarn (easy, I wanted to make it in Shepherds wool worsted from Stonehedge fiber mill), and the colours. As I had the sweater from Gap in mind, I went for white as a main colour, and tried a few different things for the fair-isle. I first chose light grey, aqua blue and mustard, but not one colour was contrasting from the others, which wasn’t working for a fair-isle so I decided to change the light grey for a dark blue.
It took me a few months to finish this project: started in February and finished in September BUT I absolutely didn’t do anything from end of April to last week. All in all, I’ve knitted quite quickly! The only problem with this design is that it’s a project you have to knit bottom-up, which makes it difficult to adjust the fit while you knit. Because of that, I used a sweater that I like for the length of the sleeves and of the body and it fits perfectly. As it’s a proper Icelandic sweater, I was afraid it would be too puffy as well but not at all which is very nice.
When I finished it last week, I wasn’t sure anymore of my colours choice. I felt like the mustard yellow was making the yoke a bit dull. But I got used to it and actually like it now. I’m really happy with the quality of the yarn as well (at least for now), that is very soft and quite light. Regarding fair-isle, I knitted two christmas stockings last winter, and a hat, but this one was by far my biggest project, and I’m proud to say it’s the best one!
Pattern : Riddari, from Védis Jonsdottir.
Size : smaller one
Yarn : Shepherd’s wool worsted, via la Maison Tricotée