First off, I just want to say a quick thanks to everyone for the wonderful response the free knitting pattern I posted earlier this month. Wow! It’s been queued a bunch of times and as over 120 “favourites” (and counting) on Ravelry. I wasn’t sure anyone would take notice at all so I’m thrilled. Extra big thanks to Christine of trÍScote for translating the pattern notes into French.
I promised in my previous entry that I’d post the pattern for this sweater, “Rósa” (Rosa):
So here it is. It’s available in size 6 years in English, Icelandic and French.
(Some other languages available upon request.)
I wanted to make a lopapeysa that was floral but also fairly traditional in style. I’m really happy with how it came out. Raven LOVES it.
I spent a long time faffing about trying to get it to work in smaller sizes but unfortunately it just doesn’t quite translate. The floral pattern is so dense that it isn’t possible to take out rows without changing it so much that it becomes a different pattern. So I’m just going to post the 6 year size for now, then perhaps design something very similar in smaller sizes when I get the time.
Super exciting technical notes:
- The pattern has some very slight differences from the sweater pictured here. The one in the pictures was a prototype; I made a couple of slight improvements in the final version.
- I knitted the collar and ribbing a little differently to what it says in the pattern. The pattern tells you to knit 3 cm of ribbing; I did four rows of seed stitch instead. You can do it however you prefer.
- If this is your first time knitting a lopapeysa or doing colour-work, it’s worth mentioning that you need to keep the tension of the multicoloured parts a little looser than the rest of the sweater, otherwise it gets a bit taut. Some people do this by switching to slightly larger needles for the multicoloured parts. So in this case, you’d go up to 5.0 mm (US 8) needles. I’ve never done it that way though, I just knit a little looser with my 4.5 mm (US 7).
- Rosa was designed to be knit with Léttlopi wool but it should work with any Aran/Worsted Weight yarn.
- This pattern is available strictly for non-commercial use only, unless you have express written permission from me, the author.