Björt by Simone Kereit

Björt

Knitting
October 2018
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 18 rows = 4 inches
in stranded colorwork
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
900 - 1900 yards (823 - 1737 m)
32½ (36, 40¾, 44¼, 48¼) [52¼, 56¼, 60¼, 64¼, 68¼]” / 82.5 (91.5, 103.5, 112.5, 122.5) [133, 143, 153, 163, 173.5] cm
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Join the Björt KAL!
Cast on will be November 1st, to give everyone time to gather their yarn and supplies. More details soon in my Ravelry group here.

One pattern, two applications:

Björt is a top down, mid thigh length, round yoke sweater/coat that can be worked in 2 different yarn weights (but at the same stitch gauge!) for a completely different effect!
Knit it up in Léttlopi for a deliciously lightweight yet warm layering piece, perfect to wear over a shirt, as a lightweight layer to take the chill off a gray winter day at the office, or a fall day stroll in the woods.
For a winter worthy coat, work the pattern in the heavier (bulky weight) Álafoss Lopi.

You have to swatch! The gauge required (14 sts over 4”) is normally a gauge you get with bulky yarn (like the Alafoss Lopi), and when you use the Lettlopi (a aran weight yarn) at that gauge, some of my test knitters have used vastly different needle sizes to get there!

Either way, this lopapeysa is designed and sized to be roomy and comfy, perfect to wear over a button down shirt or light sweater.
Worked in one piece from the top down, the bottom edge is worked in a subtle ribbing in the main color, to visually lengthen the silhouette and draw the eye up towards the face and the colorwork yoke.

Björt means bright in Icelandic and to knit and wear this is pure happiness! I have pretty much been living in the yellow version all pf last winter, and the warmer raspberry colored one is waiting for some serious outdoor use this year!

Steeking and finishing instructions included!


Yarn
Istex Léttlopi (100% Icelandic Wool; 109 yards / 100 m per 50 g/ 1.75 oz skein)
or
Istex Álafoss lopi (100% Icelandic Wool; 109 yards / 100 m per 100 g/ 3.5 oz skein)
7 (8, 9, 10, 10) 11, 12, 13, 14, 14 skeins mc, and
1 (1, 1, 1, 1) 2, 2, 2, 2 skeins cc1
1 (1, 1, 1, 1) 1, 2, 2, 2 skeins cc2
1 (1, 1, 1, 1) 1, 1, 1, 1 skeins cc3

Sample Yellow: in Léttlopi in (mc) 1411 Sun Yellow and (cc1) 9417 Dark Wine, (cc2) 005 Black Heather, and (cc3) 1409 Garnet Heather
Fuchsia: Álafosslopi in (mc) 9969 Fuchsia Heather, (cc1) 9961 Bordeaux Heather, (cc2) 9965 Chartreuse Green Heather, and (cc3) 1235 Ray of Light
or approx.
(mc) 730 (815, 920, 990, 1085) 1175, 1260, 1350, 1440, 1525 yds /670(745, 840, 910, 995)1075, 1155, 1235, 1320,1395m
(cc1) 75 - 138 yds / 70 - 127 m
(cc2) 60 - 130 yds / 55 - 120 m

Needles
Both versions: US 10.5 (6.5 mm) min 32”/ 80 cm circular needle (body) and DPNs or needle for preferred method of working neckline and sleeves in the round.

Gauge
Make sure to really check gauge, especially working at looser than recommended gauge for a particular yarn, the needles required can vary greatly!
Make sure to match the stitch gauge, but if your row gauge varies a bit, just work more or less rounds.

14 st and 18 rows = 4” / 10 cm in stranded color-work and stockinette st

Finished Sizes
Choose a size with 4” to 6” of ease over your above bust measurement
Finished bust circumference
sizes A (B, C, D, E) F, G, H, I, J
32½ (36, 40¾, 44¼, 48¼) 52¼, 56¼, 60¼, 64¼, 68¼” / 82.5 (91.5, 103.5, 112.5, 122.5) 133, 143, 153, 163, 173.5 cm
30” center front length

Notions
6 stitch markers (2 for EoR and Steek, 4 for sleeves)
2 stitch holders, waste yarn or spare interchangeable needle cables with end caps for sleeve stitches
30” zipper or desired length (make sure this is a separating zipper/coat zipper)
Crochet hook for steek (1 or 2 sizes smaller than needle used)
2 yds decorative ribbon trim to sew over zipper tape and steek (optional)


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