Finished Boy's Setesdal style sweater

Well, here it is! After a couple of months looking at the fabric, the ribbon, the whole concept of sewing a collar without a pattern and CUTTING my knit garment, I just bit the bullet and did it!! And I'm so happy I did!

I know that knitting doesn't unravel horizontally. But my soul ached at the thought. I'm not new to steeks, either. Just a primal fear that the hours of work will all end up in a knotted mess on the floor!

So, the particulars: 100% alpaca yarn (here's the stuff: http://alpacayarn.shptron.com/c/yarn), pewter clasp I found on Etsy, ribbon from JoAnn's (OK, it's not traditional... he'll grow out of the sweater in about 2 years). About 1 month of regular knitting, one month of fretting over how to put it together, one evening of finishing the collar and trim.

That's my son modeling it. After weeks of begging if he can still wear shorts to school (NO! It's 28 degrees this morning!!!), he wants to know when he can wear this. Now the conversation is that he's going to find it QUITE warm!! LOL

Hope you all enjoy!

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kiwiknitter's picture

Stunning! I think it's a beautiful jumper and very well crafted. I'm curious to know more about the neck finishing. That's a flash fabric; did the pattern call for it? I really like the clasp, too. I've focused so much on Shetlands knitting that I know almost nothing about Nordic knitting. That said, I've always been attracted to jumping/flying/dancing reindeer! Thanks for sharing this with us. I bet your lad is proud as can be!

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

Jim L's picture

Well, thank you! There was no pattern - I made it up myself following other patterns as guides. The neck finishing is actually a sewn fabric piece which encapsulates the unfinished edge (read: cut, raw edge) of the knitting. Then, I used a jacquard ribbon which was hand-sewn on for the edging. It has metallic thread in it (traditional certainly wouldn't), but he got to help pick it out and we were trying desperately to avoid flower patterns and still have the color scheme complement the rest of the work. Not wholly traditional, but hell, in this day and age, who cares?

I'm 3/4 of the way done with a cardigan for my wife in a similar style - different colors, though. Hope to have it done (and pics posted) before Christmas! And that one has reindeer, too!!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

That is a stunning bit of knitting. I heartily congratulate you and your son on the choice of the ribbon...letting him help finish the sweater is a great idea. Who knows? He may want to learn to knit someday. I look forward to seeing how your wife's sweater looks.

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

Jim L's picture

Thank you! He's tried knitting, but struggled. That said, I don't think he's given up. Sleeves and 1/3 of body are done on wife's sweater... Christmas maybe???

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Sometimes learning to knit is a bit of a struggle until you figure out what works for you. As I tell students, though, a lot of it is just practice...and being patient with yourself.

A sweater by Christmas...that's dedication. Happy Thanksgiving.

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

Bill's picture

it turned out beautifully! You did a great job easing the ribbon into the curve!
...and He's not going to outgrow it for a few years.... :)

Jim L's picture

Thank you so much! Getting straight ribbon to curve is a beast, but yeah, it worked. I'm guessing he'll get about 2 years out of it. He's 9 and already 4'11" so I'm expecting him to be a tall one! Only time will tell!!

CLABBERS's picture

Beautiful workmanship and design. Making things without a pattern is something I haven't attempted yet. One of these days I'll throw caution to the wind and give it a go. I agree that letting your son pic out the finishing touches is a wonderful parenting skill, as well as a validation of you respecting your son's artistic eye. Well done, sir!

Mark

Jim L's picture

Thank you! It was scary to go without a pattern, but I thought, hell, it's just yarn! And honestly, now that I'm working on a second without a pattern - I may never go back! It's so nice to let your imagination run wild!!!

He's a great kid - proud as a peacock that he has something made just for him by his dad. XD

CLABBERS's picture

I have made several items for my son who is now 33 and I am always so flattered to see him wear the sweaters, slippers, socks, hats, and scarves.
Mark