So here it is:
|Folded and ready to go!|
* Yoke pattern: Taken from Héla, changing the colors and their distribution. (available for free at www.istex.is).
* Yarn: Plötulopi (double thread).
* Needles: 4.5 for ribbing and 5.5 for the rest. Crochet hook 4.5mm.
* Size: To fit Eva.
* This lopapeysa was knitted just like any other from bottom up.
* I made a 2x2 ribbing.
* Knitted the body and the both sleeves and joined them to knit the yoke.
* Since this was going to be a cardigan I added two purl stitches in the middle to be able to sew and steek.
* This was the first time I was knitting a cardigan with a hood. The hood is knitted flat, shaping it with a few increases.
* The pattern on the hood was also knitted flat. This was the most challenging part of the hole lopapeysa. I had never knitted fair isle flat before.I must admit that I hated it (a little bit), especially the purled rows!
* To make the pattern on the hood is was also necessary to apply intarsia. Also my first time. It wasn't difficult at all! The important thing is to twist the yarns in order to avoid holes where the colors change.
* Finally, the hood was grafted using kitchener stitch.
* After steeking I made a crocheted border using black double folded lopi with a hook one size smaller that the needles I used to knit the cardigan. I made single crochet (sc) every other stitch along the edge.
Now, a couple of pictures of Eva wearing her new lopapeysa!! [Pictures taken by Kristina, you can check her gallery here]
I made a new minilopapeysa keyring to check if the tutorial I made before was OK.
|Trying new colors and checking the tutorial.|
Well, I had to fix a couple of things, nothing terrible.
* The decreases of the yoke: The second row if decreases should be [k1, k2tog] instead of [k2, k2tog].
* And the 1x1 ribbing of the seck should be just 1 row and cast off tightly instead of 2 rows.
I already edited the tutorial so now it is alright :) Sorry about this silly mistake!!
And finally, last night I saw the northern lights for the first time this season! They were not as strong (and also the moon was WAY too bright!) and they were not dancing so much but they were easily spotted.
This is the first time I see them so early in September... now this is just the beginning of the northern lights season! There will be plenty of time to spot them again... at least until april!
Here are some of the pics I took last night:
|Taken from Álftanes.|
|Aurora borealis over Reykjavík.|
|From Álftanes looking to the west.|
|From Álftanes. I really like it when it is possible to see the reflection of the light on the water.|