I figure it's about time I've told you all what I'm working on. For the past couple of weeks I've been furiously knitting away at a cardigan/jacket that I totally fell in love with on the Garnstudio website. If you haven't been there - GO!
I found them thanks to the Lime and Violet podcast. (Thanks ladies! You ruined my life! Now I have to knit 1000 sweaters!) The site has TONNES of free patterns. The jacket I'm working on has the super catchy name "Jacket in Karisma", or even catchier, the alternate name; 91-8. Whatever you call it, it's a fabulous design. But before I go on, let's talk a little bit about these patterns.
Garnstudio is a Scandinavian yarn company. Their design department is in Oslo, Norway. This means all the lovely patterns on their website were not originally written in English, and have been translated from....Swedish? (I don't know, what language do people speak in Norway?) God bless 'em for translating them all for us English speakers, but there IS a downside. I'm not sure if it's a spoken language thing, or a knitting language thing, but the patterns are VERY confusing. After reading over my lovely jacket pattern I almost wanted to cry. How was I ever going to knit this? The pattern was so wonky!
Determined to have my 91-8, I did what any brave knitter would do: I re-wrote the pattern. I read over the crazy Norwegian instructions and translated it into language I could understand! (Look for my crazy-long translated pattern at the end of the post). I don't want to jinx myself, but so far it seems to be going swimmingly!
The pattern calls for Garnstudio's Karisma yarn, but I'm using Misti Alpaca (worsted 4 ply) that I picked up at Lettuce Knit. I'm not the most experienced knitter, but it's BY FAR the nicest yarn I have ever knit with. It might have something to do with the fact that it's also the most EXPENSIVE yarn I have ever knit with. In the end, I think it will be totally worth it. The yarn is super soft, and I'm completely in love with the colour (C846). I wanted something neutral, so that I could wear the sweater with almost anything, and this colour is PERFECT. At first glance, it seems dark brown, but at times it can almost seem green-ish or grey-ish. It's slightly tweedy as well which gives the colour some great dimension. The border and cuffs of the sweater call for a contrasting colour, so I'm using Cascade 220 in a great cranberry shade (2401).
I've finished the back, two front panels, and I'm just about through the first sleeve. The pieces look to be shaping up right shapes, so I think my new 'improved' pattern is working out. I can't wait until it's finished!
Here's the original pattern:
And for those of you who speak Swedish (?), here's the Norwegian Garnstudio site:
For those of us who DON'T speak Swedish, it's worth a visit just to look at wacky words like 'Oppskriftsbloggen' and 'strukturmønstre' (I think that's what lived under my bed when I was little!)
GARNSTUDIO & DROPS DESIGN
JACKET 91 - 8
Instructions for Medium size
500g main colour
50 g contrasting colour for trim
Needles: size 4.5mm straight and circular (or size needed to obtain guage)
GUAGE: 20 sts and 26 rows = 10cm in stockinette stitch
• With main colour CO 44
• Row 1: P
2: CO 5, K to end, CO 5 (54 sts)
4: CO 4, K to end, CO 4 (62 sts)
6: CO 2, K to end, CO 2 (66 sts)
8: CO 2, K to end, CO 2 (70 sts)
10: CO 2, K to end, CO 2 (74 sts)
12: CO 1, K to end, CO 1 (76 sts)
14: CO1, K to end, CO 1 (78 sts)
16: CO 1, K to end, CO 1 (80 sts)
• Continue in ST ST until work measures 8cm from CO edge
• *INC 1, K to end, INC 1
Work 4 rows ST ST
Repeat from * to a total of 6 increase rows (92 sts)
Continue in ST ST until piece measures 22 cm from CO edge
• Shaping armholes:
Row 1: BO 3, K to last 3 sts
2: BO 3, P to end
3: BO 2, K to end
4: BO 2, P to end
BO one stitch at the beginning of the next 6 rows (76 sts)
Continue in ST ST until piece measures 38 cm from CO edge
Row 1: K 21, BO 34, K21
3: Dec 1 each side (20 sts each side)
Continue in St St until piece measures 40 cm from CO edge.
BO all stitches.
• With main colour CO 22 sts
Row 1: P
2: K to end, CO 3 sts (25 sts)
4: K to end CO 2 sts (27 sts)
5: P to end, CO 1 (28 sts)
6: K to end CO 2 sts (30 sts)
8: K to end, CO 1 st (31 sts)
10: INC 1, K to end, CO 1 st (33 sts)
14: K to end, CO 1 st (34 sts)
15: P to end, CO 1 (35 sts)
18: K to end, CO 1 st (36 sts)
20: INC 1, K to end (37 sts)
22: K to end CO 1st (38 sts)
25: INC 1, P to end (39 sts.)
26: K to end, CO 1 st (40 sts)
• Knit until piece measures 16cm from CO edge ending with P row.
• Shaping armholes:
Row 1: BO 3, K to end of row
3: BO 2, K end of row
5: BO 1, K to end of row
7: BO 1, K to end of row
9: BO 1, K to end of row (32 sts)
• Continue in ST ST until piece measures 27 cm from CO edge
• Shaping neckline:
Row 1: K to end, BO 1
• Repeat rows 1 & 2 for a total of 6 decrease rows (26 sts)
Row 1: K to end, BO 2
• Repeat these 2 rows for a total of 3 decrease rows (20 sts)
• Continue in ST ST until piece measures 43 cm from CO edge.
• BO all stitches.
•Follow instructions for left front, reversing shaping.
•W Contrasting colour, CO 65 sts.
Row 1: P (wrong side)
2: K3, P4, (to end)
3: K all K sts, P all P sts
• Change to main colour. Continue in this K3, P4 rib until piece measures 2cm.
• DEC each 4st grouping to 3 sts (56 sts)
• Continue in this K3, P3 rib until piece measures 14 cm, ending on WS row
• Decrease 4 stitches evenly: K13, K2tog X 4
• Work in ST ST until piece measures 19cm, ending on a WS row.
• INC 1 ST each side every 8 rows 9 X (70 sts)
• Continue in ST ST until piece measures 51cm.
• Sleeve Cap:
Row 1: BO 3, K to end, BO3
3: BO 2, K to end, BO 2
5: BO 2, K to end, BO 2
7: BO 2, K to end, BO 2
9: BO 1, K to end, BO 1
• BO to at beginning of every row until piece measures 57 cm.
• BO 3 STS at begining of next 2 rows.
• BO all STS when piece measures 58 cm.
• With main colour PU 384 STS starting at middle of right side, making sure to concentrate more stitches under the arms (so that ribbing will not stretch too tight here)
• Join in the round, placing marker to note beginning of round.
Row 1: P
Row 2: K
• Work in K3, P3 rib for 3cm
• Increase each P section to K3, P4 by knitting into the front and back of the last K ST before each P section.
• When rib measures 7cm, INC all P sections to 5 sts in the same manner as before
(K3, P5 rib pattern - approx. 512 sts)
• When Rib measures 11 cm, switch to contrasting colour
• INC all P5 sections to P6 (as above) EXCEPT around back neckline (the middle 60-
65 stitches of upper back section)
• Work one row rib.
• BO all stitches rib-wise.