Dakota Dreams Stranded Slipover

I just finished this garment this week and thought I'd share it. It is called 'Dakota Dreams' from the book "Fearless Fair Isle Knitting". As you can see from the design, it really isn't a Fair Isle pattern but rather it is a modern design done in stranded knitting. There are two offerings of the garment: this colourway for men and a softer one in blues for women.

The knitting wools are Knitpicks 'Palette' which are soft and come in an amazing wide colourway. I didn't like knitting with them for a couple of reasons. They are very slick and fly off the needles which can create a problem because they ladder down very quickly if there is a dropped stitch. I prefer the way the Shetland wools hold together. I suppose it's all about what I'm used to and I almost never knit a garment in anything but Shetland wools. Because of this, I can control the gauge/tension easily and almost automatically with the Jamiesons; I had troubles with this Knitpicks knitting wool. I can't fault the Palette colourway or the product; it's just not for me. It end result looks more 'modern', is softer and somehow different from those garments I've knitted in Jamiesons.

The pattern repeat is 16 stitches with 32 stitch repeats in the wider patterns. The gauge is 32 stitches/10 cm. I used 3.50 needles for the body and 2.75 cm for the ribbing. Naturally, it is knit in the round with cut steeks and selvedges. It is photographed on the wooley board. I once again did the invisible bind-off for ribbing and I love the finished look. If you've not yet learned or tried this technique, I highly recommend it!

It is difficult to find stranded knitting patterns for men. I have hopes that Fair Isle style knitted garments for men will return soon!

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Comments

It's another wonderful piece of work Jesse. Well done.

kiwiknitter's picture

Thanks, Christine. Also good to connect with you over the years. I hope all is good in sunny Spain!

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

ronhuber's picture

Beautiful work, Jesse. Your work is always spectacular. I agree with you about the Palette. I have used it for flat knitting but never for anything that would be steeked. I have always just cut steeks when using Shetland wool without any type of reinforcing but would not know how to handle the slippery Palette. What did you do? The colours are outstanding. Well done.

kiwiknitter's picture

Thank you for the compliment, Ron. I worried about the steeks unravelling so I reinforced them by whip-stitching the right and left legs of the stitches in the two rows after the cut (make sense?). If I'm having a great day, I will single crochet them together. This worked fine and I've had not problems.

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

That is a very nice piece of knitting. Too bad the yarn proved so troublesome. I especially like how the design included wheat heads since That crop is so important for the economy of the Dakotas. Congratulations on another triumph.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

kiwiknitter's picture

Thanks, Joe. I never made the connection between the name and the State! I did like doing a pattern which wasn't the traditional Fair Isle XO pattern.

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

phew's picture

WOW! My mind can't even get around the difficulty of such a project and its beauty is evident.

kiwiknitter's picture

I appreciate your compliment, John. Actually, it only looks complicated; in reality, it's just one stitch at a time. I really enjoy knitting the patterns.

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

Looks amazing and interesting to see this technique being used today. I like the fair isle patterns especially geometry shapes or patterns. I expect it does takes some practice and a good memory. Great work.

kiwiknitter's picture

Hello across the ditch! Thanks, Anthony. Yes, it does take some practice but that's mostly about getting the tension correct so there's no puckering of the fabric. If it took a good memory, I wouldn't be able to do it! It's all about reading the chart.

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

CLABBERS's picture

Your work is always stunning. Unbelievable workmanship and design.
Mark

kiwiknitter's picture

Thank you, Mark. I love to work in technicolour! Single colour projects bore me to death. It's so much fun to mix the colours with the pattern to come up with something extraordinary. I wish more knitter would do stranded knitting - it's not that difficult and so satisfying!

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly