This is the pullover Bex has been dreaming of since we first decided to order Einrúm, after we visited Iceland together for 24 hours on our way home from the 2017 Women’s march in Washington DC. We found Einrúm in lots of little boutiques in Reykjavik and fell in love with its subtle shimmer. Fast forward 2+ years and Bex gave up on me designing the pattern she wanted and cast on — it was the perfect strategy to overcome my lengthy design to-do list!
Bex’s vision was to combine more affordable Létt Lopi as the main colour of a sweater and use Einrúm for the yoke, really highlighting its beauty. The loose fit and drapey gauge were based on a sweater she’d already made for herself. With something concrete to look at, and the options limited, I suddenly had plenty of opinions on the yoke. We worked on the grading and yoke design together, but this is mostly Bex’s sweater. It seemed only fitting to name it after her long-time Ravelry username, the Scots Gaelic word for snowflake.
Bleideag is worked from the bottom up in the round. The sleeves and body are joined at the underarm and the yoke is also worked in the round, with decreases subtly incorporated into the colourwork. The pattern includes directions for optional short row bust shaping, for different cup sizes. Short rows are also used to lower the yoke at the front and raise the back of the neck for a more comfortable fit. Bleideag includes fifteen sizes, from a finished chest measurement of 38” to 66”. Shown in size 7 with C/D bust darts and 7 inches of positive ease.
Once the yoke design was finalised, everyone in the studio weighed in on other colour combinations and we swatched red, blue and green versions to offer more options.
Bleideag will be released next week, but if you want to get swatching now, we have kits of the original colourway, plus three other colour palettes so you can be ready to start as soon as the pattern is released. Kits include a free copy of the pattern, as well as a small discount on the yarn for the largest sizes. Patterns will be delivered digitally on the release date.
Congratulations to our Glenmore KAL prize winners! If you're still working on your Glenmore this blog series will stay up, so you can refer back to the tutorial for any section as you knit at your own pace. For inspiration and motivation check out all the lovely Glenmore projects here.