It has been a while since I last updated my blog. Shame on me. But now I’m back from my Easter holiday in the mountains and can show you my most recent project: a knitted Marius sweater.
Knitting versus sewing
For the last month I have been knitting on a sweater for myself. I like knitting, but as it’s not as fast as sewing I don’t do much of it. That of course change when holidays come up. We often go away to visit family, and the sewing machine just isn’t all that handy to travel with. Therefore I usually have a knitting project lying around – for those times I want to be creative, but haven’t access to all my sewing stuff.
For a while now I’ve been wanting to make myself a new sweater. One of my colleagues at work started knitting on a Marius sweater and I got inspired. The Marius pattern is rather famous in Norway, and you can see the pattern on all sorts of things, -but more than anything on homemade knitted sweaters. I believe the pattern has been around since the 50’s or something, but don’t quote me on that.
The Marius sweater pattern
The traditional colour palette is blue ground colour with white and red pattern, but I wanted something a little more neutral. That way I can use it with most of my winter wardrobe. It’s of course a little late in the season for super warm woolen sweaters now, but I don’t mind. There will be another winter around in some short 7 months, and it might come in handy before that too.
My sweater is the version knitted in the round, and all the colour pattern is placed on the upper torso. I chose to have a dark grey melange colour for the ground colour, and have the pattern mainly in white, with a few rows of black at the top.
As I have a longer than “standard” upper body I made the half below the chest area approx 5 cm longer than the instructions told me to. This to be certain that it would cover my belly. I hate to be cold at my mid sections when the rest of me is snug and warm. I also made the sleeves approx.5 cm longer for more or less the same reasons (long arms).
On the neck finish the instructions tells you to just knit it straight up, with no decrease in the numbers of knitted stitches, but when I did that, it didn’t look all that nice. The edge stood up straight up on the shoulders. I re-did the edge with a slightly smaller needle than the instructions said, and also reduced two stitches on each shoulders every round to get it to lay flat on the shoulders. This worked like a charm. After blocking and steaming it now stays nice and flat. It might have done that the first time too if I had pressed and steamed it, but I just didn’t want to take that chance.
The yarn I used was 100 % Gotlands Pelsuld from Birkedal Pelsfår, which I bought at my shopping spree in Copenhagen in February. The yarn is shiny and robust, but at the same time surprisingly soft. I like the fact that the yarn hasn’t been dyed, and that it has been processed and spun not so far from where I actually live and breath. It means a lot to me that the yarn hasn’t come from half the world away – for Eco reasons, but also because I like to think that I support local(ish) small scale industry.
The finished sweater
Anyway. I love the result so much! The resulting sweater is warm and soft, and with the temperatures we’re having at home right now I can wear it outside without a jacket on, and be as comfortable as a pea in a pod. And as you can see from the photos, I brought it with me to the mountains where it also kept me warm and nice, even in – 15 °C. Yeh, that’s how cold it was in the morning.