Icelandic Update Sweater

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Icelandic Update Sweater

designed by Kristen Tendyke
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A fresh take on the classic Icelandic knitting tradition and perfect wardrobe update for the modern lady.

Sizes

S
36" [91.5 cm]
29" [73.5 cm]
M
39.5" [100.5 cm]
29.5" [75 cm]
L
43.5" [110.5 cm]
31" [78.5 cm]
XL
47" [119.5 cm]
31.5" [80 cm]
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The materials for this project cost $44.78

Step 1:

Select your options

Size:

  • S
  • M
  • L
  • XL
Finished Bust:
36" [91.5 cm]
Finished Length:
29" [73.5 cm]

Step 2:

Click each color to change it or go with the colors recommended by the designer

Contrast A

Simply Soft | Plum Perfect, 9761Edit Color
$12.87

Contrast B

Simply Soft | Ocean, 9759Edit Color
$4.29

Contrast C

Simply Soft | Forest Floor, 9758Edit Color
$4.29

Contrast D

Simply Soft | Select your Shade, Edit Color
$0.00

Double Point Aluminum Knitting Needles 7"

Size 6/4mm
$4.00

Double Point Aluminum Knitting Needles 7"

Size 7/4.5mm
$4.00

Tapestry Needle Set

3/Pkg
$5.99

Bead Stitch Markers

Pink 3/Pkg
$7.99

Aluminum Stitch Holder

4-3/4" 1/Pkg
$1.35
The materials for this project cost $44.78

Abbreviations

Garter Stitch = Knit all rows when working back and forth; knit 1 rnd, purl 1 rnd when working in the rnd

K = knit

K1B = Knit into next stitch 1 row below.

k2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together.

M1 = Make 1 stitch by picking up horizontal loop lying before next stitch and knitting into back of loop.

P = purl

st st = stockinette stitch

Details & Instructions

MEASUREMENTS

Finished Bust:
S 36" [91.5 cm]
M 39.5" [100.5 cm]
L 43.5" [110.5 cm]
XL 47" [119.5 cm]
Finished Length:
S 29" [73.5 cm]
M 29.5" [75 cm]
L 31" [78.5 cm]
XL 31.5" [80 cm]

MATERIALS

Simply Soft (170 g/6. oz;288 m/315 yds)
SizesSMLXL 
Contrast A
Plum Perfect (9761)
3445
Contrast B
Ocean (9759)
1111
Contrast C
Forest Floor (9758)
1111
Contrast D
()
1111
Size US 6 (4mm) double pointed needles. Size US 7 (4.5mm) double pointed needles, or size to obtain gauge. Stitch markers Stitch holders or waste yarn Yarn needle

GAUGE

In Stockinette stitch, 19 sts and 24 rows = 4"/10cm, using larger needle.

INSTRUCTIONS

NOTES
1. Sweater begins with 3 pieces worked separately, 2 sleeves and body. The pieces are worked from the lower edge upwards.
2. Yoke is worked from top of sleeves and body up to neck edge.
3. Color patterns are worked from charts. Change color as shown in charts. Read all rows of charts from right to left.
4. It is recommended using long tail method for cast on.

SLEEVE (make 2)
With larger dpns and A, CO 54 (60, 60, 66) sts. Join in a rnd, taking care not to twist sts, distributing sts evenly over dpns as follows:
With yarn in back, sl first st on RH needle to LH needle, bring yarn to front between the needles, sl first 2 sts on LH needle to RH needle, bring yarn to back between needles, sl first st on RH needle to LH needle.; place marker for beg of rnd.
Beg with a knit rnd, work in Garter st for 4 rnds.
Work in St for 2 rnds.
Work Dot Chart for 2 rnds.
Change to A.
Work in St st for 2 rnds.
Next Rnd: Purl.
Work even in St st until piece measures 3"/7.5cm from beg.

Shape Sleeve
Inc rnd: K1, M1, k to last st, M1, k1 - 56 (62, 62, 68) sts.
Work even in St st for 9 (13, 9, 13) rnds.
Repeat inc rnd - 58 (64, 64, 70) sts.
Repeat last 10 (14, 10, 14) rnds once more - 60 (66, 66, 72) sts.
Work even in St st for 7 rnds.
Repeat inc rnd - 62 (68, 68, 74) sts.
Repeat last 8 rnds 1 (0, 1, 0) times - 64 (68, 70, 74) sts.
Work even in St st until piece measures 11.5 (11.5, 12, 12)"/29 (29, 30.5, 30.5)cm from beg.
Sl sts to a holder. Cut yarn.

BODY
With circular needle and A, CO 186 (204, 222, 240) sts. Join, taking care not to twist sts; placing marker for beg of rnd.
Work same as for Sleeves until piece measures 3"/7.5cm from beg; placing a marker in center of last rnd - 93 (102, 111, 120) sts on each side of marker for front and back.

Shape Sides
Dec rnd: [K1, k2tog, k to 3 sts before marker, ssk, k1, slip marker (sm)] 2 times - 182 (200, 218, 236) sts.
Work even in St st for 21 rnds.
Repeat dec rnd - 178 (196, 214, 232) sts.
Repeat last 22 rnds once more - 174 (192, 210, 228) sts.
Work even in St st for 29 rnds.
Repeat dec rnd - 170 (188, 206, 224) sts.
Work even in St st until piece measures 19 (19, 19.5, 19.5)"/48.5 (48.5, 49.5, 49.5)cm from beg.

Yoke
Joining rnd: With A, k4 (4, 5, 5) and sl these sts to a holder, k to 4 (4, 5, 5) sts before next marker, sl these 4 (4, 5, 5) sts to a holder; working across sts of first sleeve, sl first 4 (4, 5, 5) sts to a holder, k56 (60, 60, 64) sts, leave last 4 (4, 5, 5) sts on holder; working across remaining body sts, sl next 4 (4, 5, 5) sts to a holder, k to last 4 (4, 5, 5) sts, sl the last 4 (4, 5, 5) body sts onto holder; working across sts of second sleeve, sl first 4 (4, 5, 5) sts to a holder, k56 (60, 60, 64) sts, leave last 4 (4, 5, 5) sts on holder - 266 (292, 306, 332) sts.
Work in St st for 3 (7, 11, 15) rnds.
Dec Rnd 1: K5 (2, 4, 1), k2tog, *[k5 (3, 5, 3), k2tog] 1 (1, 3, 1) time(s), [k6 (4, 6, 4), k2tog] 1 (6, 1, 6) time(s); repeat from * 16 (6, 9, 7) more times, (for size L only, k5, k2tog once more), k4 (1, 3, 1) - 231 (242, 264, 275) sts.
Next rnd: Purl.

Work Dash Chart for 5 rnds.

Dec Rnd 2: With A, k2 (1, 5, 0), k2tog, *[k10 (9, 9, 8), k2tog] 1 (2, 23, 1) time(s), [k11 (10, 9, 9), k2tog] 1 (1, 0, 1) time(s); repeat from * 8 (6, 0, 12) more times, k2 (1, 4, 0) - 212 (220, 240, 248) sts.

Work Zig Chart for 4 rnds.

Sizes S (M, 1X) only (Dec Rnd 3): K4 (0, 0), *[k2tog, k4 (5, 3)] 1 (1, 4) time(s), [k2tog, k5 (4, 4)] 1 (8, 7) time(s); repeat from * 15 (3, 3) more times - 180 (184, 204) sts.

Size L only (Dec Rnd 3): *K2tog, k4; repeat from * 39 more times - 200 sts.

All Sizes
Work Slip Stitch Chart for 14 rnds. Change to larger dpns when number of sts has been sufficiently reduced.

Size S only (Dec Rnd 4): *K1, k2tog; repeat from * around - 120 sts.

Sizes M (L, 1X) only (Dec Rnd 4): *[K1, k2tog] 14 (4, 3) times, [k2, k2tog] 1 (2, 2) time(s); repeat from * 3 (9, 11) more times - 124 (140, 144) sts.

All Sizes
Work Zig Chart for 4 rnds.

Size S only (Dec Rnd 5): *K1, k2tog, [k2, k2tog] 3 times; repeat from * 7 more times - 88 sts.

Size M only (Dec Rnd 5): *K1, k2tog, [k2, k2tog, k1, k2tog] 4 times; repeat from * 3 more times - 88 sts.
Sizes L (1X) only (Dec Rnd 5): K2tog, *[k1, k2tog] 1 (3) time(s), k2, k2tog; repeat from * 17 (9) more times, [k1, k2tog] 4 times - 99(99) sts.

All Sizes
Work Dash Chart for 5 rnds.

With A, work even in St st until yoke measures 2"/2.5cm from end of Dash Chart.

Sizes S (M) only (Dec Rnd 6): [K3, k2tog, k4, k2tog] 8 times - 72 (72) sts.

Sizes L (1X) only (Dec Rnd 6): *[K2, k2tog] 2 times, [k3, k2tog] 5 times; repeat from * 2 more times - 78 (78) sts.

All Sizes
Work Dot Chart for 2 rnds.

Change to smaller dpns. (Note: You may prefer to use a 16"/40cm (or shorter) circular needle.)
Beg with a knit rnd, work in Garter st for 5 rnds.
BO loosely purlwise.

FINISHING
Sew underarm seams. Using yarn needle, weave in all ends.