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Strokkur

One of our most popular sweaters Strokkur is the perfect introduction to colourwork yokes.

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Ysolda designed Strokkur after visiting Iceland, inspired by the traditional Icelandic Lopapeysas - sweaters with colourwork yokes that are practically a national uniform. They know what they're doing: knit Strokkur in Icelandic wool and you'll have the perfect garment for getting outside no matter the weather.

Strokkur features a more refined fit than many traditional yoked sweaters. It is worked from the bottom up with gentle waist shaping. The yoke patterning is fairly short; to flatteringly frame the face and avoid bagginess around the underarm. Short rows are worked both above and below the stranded colourwork to create a scooped neckline.


Aran weight yarn with good elasticity, wool or wool blends are ideal.
Shown in Ístex Létt Lopi

18 sts and 28 rnds = 4˝ in st st in the rnd.

US 7 / 4.5mm 24" / 60cm circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge.
Size 7 US / 4.5mm dpns or circular(s) for your preferred method of knitting small circumferences in the rnd.


Skills for knitting this project

  • knitting, purling
  • casting on, binding off
  • working in the round
  • working flat
  • working small circumferences in the round
  • colourwork (using a chart)
  • make one increases
  • k2tog decreases
  • ssk decreases
  • short rows
  • three-needle bind-off

Optional Techniques


Pattern formats

The pattern includes the following versions:
  • 3 column format designed to be printed on A4 or letter paper

Supplies

Yarn

Aran weight yarn with good elasticity, wool or wool blends are ideal.
Shown in Ístex Létt Lopi (100% Icelandic wool, 109yds / 100m, 1.76oz / 50g). 

MC – #0058 Dark Grey Heather 
CC1 – #1411 Sun Yellow 
CC2 – #0056 Ash Heather

MC: 700[755, 835, 895] (940, 995, 1055, 1110) [1185, 1260, 1305, 1365]yds /
640[690, 765, 820] (860, 910, 965, 1015) [1085, 1150, 1195, 1250]m. 

CC1 and CC2: 35[35, 40, 40] (40, 45, 50, 50) [50, 55, 55, 60]yds /
30[30, 35, 35] (35, 40, 40, 45) [45, 50, 50, 55]m.

Make casting on simple with a kit.

Needles and notions

US 7 / 4.5mm 24" / 60cm circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge. 

Additionally, for sizes 41 – 59½" a 32" / 80cm, and for sizes 51½ – 59½" also a 40" / 100cm circular in the same size. For these sizes, begin with the longest needle and switch to a shorter needle as necessary while working the yoke. 

Size 7 US / 4.5mm dpns or circular(s) for your preferred method of knitting small circumferences in the rnd.
Stitch markers, scrap yarn.

"Absolutely adore this sweater.

Loved knitting it and the pattern is well written and easy to follow. "

- Laura


Sizing

Strokkur includes 12 sizes, from 30¼” to 59½” finished chest circumference.
Finished chest circumference: 30¼[33, 35½, 38¼] (41, 43½, 46¼, 49) [51½, 54¼, 57, 59½]" / 77[84, 90, 97] (104, 110.5, 117.5, 124.5)[131, 138, 145, 151]cm.
Shown in size 35½˝ with 1" of positive ease.

Version information

Strokkur_v.1.3.pdf