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Wed, Jun. 6th, 2007, 09:05 am
hierophantrix: Norwegian Fishermens' Jumper

Heisann. I'm new here. My name is Freja.

I am trying to find a pattern or a lesson in how to combine the different coloured wools for the top section of Norwegian fishermens' jumper.

I was only ever taught 'casting on, casting off, knit and purl' by my mother and I will be looking forward to my Scottish granny teaching me cable knit soon, however, I never was taught how to mix the coloured wools into a pattern other than stripes, of course. Do any of you have a pattern you would share with me, or are any of you with webcam and willing to show me what to do? I've had a request from a friend in Australia to make him one of these and send it to him. He did also ask if I might send a nice Scandinavian lady along with it. >:D

Any help is appreciated. Takk. Hade!

Wed, Jun. 6th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)

This a short video that's part of a larger fair isle series.

This is a how-to link.

I'd Google the terms "fair isle knitting" to find what else is out there. If you are working flat, also check the google term "intarsia technique." Knitty.com or Eunny Jang may also have how-tos on this topic.

Wed, Jun. 6th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)

Thank you so much. >:D

Wed, Jun. 6th, 2007 05:53 pm (UTC)

Another possible search term is "stranded colorwork knit techniques"

Wed, Jun. 6th, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)

Here's a bunch of general advice that worked for me, and if it's not helpful, please ignore :)

I don't have a pattern for you, but if you pick up a scandinavian knitting book, there should just be small swatches or elements of designs isolated for you... try doing those ones first so you can get a feel for the pattern and also how to knit it! (find in the front of the book or something) If they turn out badly, oh well, it's just a little bit of yarn, but if they turn out well, you could sew them together and make a scarf, or make coasters, or something :)

Try hats first, because they are pretty quick start-to-finish, and because you can work on your tension and develop a method before you try a whole sweater.

It's not hard, though, and you don't actually need to know much more than knit and purl anyway :) Just be patient, and the results will be almost instant because you can watch your pattern as you make your item.

Good luck, and feel free to comment back if you have questions. Scandinavian knitting is my thing :)

Wed, Jun. 6th, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC)

I already knit hats so trying one with the two colour wool should be fun. I am still looking for a free pattern or lesson online for this. Most of the links I have Googled are either old, dead or redirect me to paying for the info. I shall endeavour though. >:) Thank you for offering your expertise. You're very kind.

Wed, Jun. 6th, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC)

I'd suggest looking on the Garnstudio site for free patterns. They've got many of the patterns from older issues of their DROPS magazines on there, for free, and they even sort out the Norwegian designs separately, which you'll find very convenient! You should be able to find a great hat or headband to practice on, and plenty of choices for a sweater when you're ready for that.

Wed, Jun. 6th, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC)

I loved the book Traditional Scandinavian knitting, by Sheila McGregor as a reference for patterns and techniques. She presents traditional design elements from all the Scandinavian countries, their cultural contexts and how to incorporate the design elements into a full garment. It's pretty fascinating.

Wed, Jun. 6th, 2007 06:58 pm (UTC)

I will definately look for that. Thank you. >:)