Inspired by Tolt’s Icelandic Wool Month (of course, that was March – when I started this sweater!), I knit my first sweater with Istex Lett-Lopi. You’d think, with all the colors to choose from, I would have gone the direction of bright and colorful hues, but there’s something about tonal shades of grey and black that attracts me, particularly when knitting with this yarn.
I used eight skeins of black (0005) as the MC, and one skein each of white (0054) for CC1 and grey (0057) for CC2.
I used the pattern Gamaldags – it provided pretty minimal directions, particularly for the pullover, and there were some places where the interpretation wasn’t as clear as it could have been, but I was able to wade through it just fine.
I had to go down a needle size to US 6s (US 5s for the ribbing) to get gauge, but I didn’t worry about changing needle size for the colorwork. In retrospect, I think I should have stayed with US 7s, because the fabric is pretty dense – although not at all stiff, and I like it very much, but I just think it could have opened up a little more if I’d gone up a needle size.
After much debate, I knit size 4 (38″), which would theoretically give me 0″ of ease. I think the combination of this choice of size, along with going down a needle size, made the pullover much more close-fitting than I had envisioned. I actually think that the fit is perfect, and I like how it’s not as baggy and oversized as I pictured an Icelandic sweater would be, but let’s just say it’s a good thing it isn’t any smaller! I stretched it pretty aggressively while wet-blocking it, which I think gave me just the little but additional room that I was looking for. Interestingly, it didn’t have near as much give or stretch as I thought it would when wet-blocking – maybe because I’d knit it as a pretty dense fabric.
I love how it came out, both in terms of colorwork and fit – unfortunately, I’ll have to wait until next winter to wear it, since May is not a good month for wearing Icelandic wool around here!