Grettir by Jared Flood

Grettir

Knitting
February 2013
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in single-color stockinette stitch with Size A needles, after blocking
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
980 - 1975 yards (896 - 1806 m)
32 (36, 40, 44, 48) (52, 56, 60, 64) [34 (38, 42, 46, 50) (54, 58, 62, 66)]" 81.5 (91.5, 101.5, 112, 122) (132, 142, 152.5, 162.5) [86.5 (96.5, 106.5, 117, 127) (137, 147.5, 157.5, 167.5)] cm chest circumference
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Grettir is inspired by time spent in Iceland amidst its glacial horizons and bustling city lights. The result: a modern take on traditional yoked pullovers, with shaped and classic silhouettes and options for either a crew neck or a turtleneck to best suit your comfort and style.

While visiting the northern coast of the country, designer Jared Flood met a storyteller who told him the amazing saga of Grettir — the longest surviving outlaw in Icelandic history. Jared found himself particularly intrigued by the final chapter in the story: Grettir’s demise on the rocky cliffs of Drangey, a fortress-like stone island off the coast. This imposing site is visible from the shoreline and played directly into the angles and organic stranding of this sweater’s colorwork yoke.

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Please note: the stitch patterns used for this garment are charted only.


Construction

  • Garment is worked in the round, without seams, from the bottom up. After completion of body (to underarm) and sleeves, all three pieces are united onto a single circular needle and yoke is worked in the round to collar.
  • Two silhouettes are provided: a Shaped version with optional waist shaping and slightly shorter arms and torso lengths, and a Classic version with a slimmer fit through the torso than the chest and longer arms and torso lengths.
  • Two neck treatment options are provided: a turtleneck collar and a rolled crewneck collar. Note that working the turtleneck on the Classic version will require additional yardage of MC.

Finished Dimensions

Shaped [Classic]

  • 32 (36, 40, 44, 48) (52, 56, 60, 64) [34 (38, 42, 46, 50) (54, 58, 62, 66)]“ 81.5 (91.5, 101.5, 112, 122) (132, 142, 152.5, 162.5) [86.5 (96.5, 106.5, 117, 127) (137, 147.5, 157.5, 167.5)] cm chest circumference
  • Shaped version with waist shaping shown in Wool Socks is size 36”/91.5 cm with 3”/7.5 cm positive ease on model
  • Shaped version without waist shaping shown in Yellowstone is size 40”/101.5 cm with zero ease on model
  • Classic version shown in Soot is size 42”/106.5 cm with 2½“/6.5 cm positive ease on model

Yarn

Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yards/128 meters per 50g)

Shaped Classic

  • 6 (7, 7, 8, 9) (10, 10, 11, 12) 7 (7, 8, 9, 9) (10, 11, 12, 12) skeins of Main Color (MC)
  • Note: The third and seventh sizes use almost exactly 7 and 10 skeins, respectively. You may wish to consider purchasing an extra skein due to variations in individual work.
  • 1 (1, 1, 1, 2) (2, 2, 2, 2) 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) (2, 2, 2, 2) skein(s) of Color 1 (C1)
  • Note: The fourth and twelfth sizes use almost exactly 1 skein of C1. You may wish to consider purchasing an extra skein due to variations in individual work.
  • 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) (1, 1, 1, 1) 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) (1, 1, 1, 1) skein of Color 2 (C2)
  • 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) (1, 1, 2, 2) 1 (1, 1, 1, 2) (2, 2, 2, 2) skein(s) of Color 3 (C3)
  • Note: The sixth, seventh, and thirteenth sizes use almost exactly 1 skein of C3. You may wish to consider purchasing an extra skein due to variations in individual work.

Notes on fit options: Shaped version includes optional waist shaping with slightly shorter arms and torso lengths. Classic version includes a slimmer fit through the torso than the chest and longer arms and torso lengths.

  • Shaped version with waist shaping photographed in Wool Socks (MC), Plume (C1), Homemade Jam (C2), and Barn Owl (C3)
  • Shaped version without waist shaping photographed in Yellowstone (MC), Sap (C1), Tartan (C2), and Snowbound (C3)
  • Classic version photographed in Soot (MC), Cast Iron (C1), Sweatshirt (C2), and Snowbound (C3)

Yardage

  • 790 (875, 975, 1060, 1170) (1290, 1390, 1460, 1565) 855 (950, 1030, 1135, 1230) (1350, 1440, 1555, 1665) yards / 722 (800, 892, 969, 1070) (1180, 1271, 1335, 1431) [782 (869, 942, 1038, 1125) (1234, 1317, 1422, 1522)] meters of Main Color (MC)
  • Note: If you choose to work the turtleneck collar on the Classic version, you will require approximately [85 (95, 105, 110, 115) (120, 125, 130, 140)] [78 (87, 97, 101, 106) (110, 115, 119, 129)] additional yards/meters of MC yarn.
  • 90 (100, 120, 135, 145) (160, 170, 180, 195) 100 (125, 140, 160, 175) (190, 200, 220, 235) yards / 82 (91, 110, 123, 133) (146, 155, 165, 178) [91 (114, 128, 146, 160) (174, 183, 201, 215)] meters of Color 1 (C1)
  • 25 (30, 35, 40, 45) (50, 55, 55, 60) 40 (45, 50, 55, 60) (65, 70, 80, 85) yards / 23 (27, 32, 37, 41) (46, 50, 50, 55) [37 (41, 46, 50, 55) (59, 64, 73, 78)] meters of Color 2 (C2)
  • 75 (85, 100, 110, 115) (130, 140, 145, 155) 90 (100, 115, 130, 145) (155, 165, 180, 190) yards / 69 (78, 91, 101, 105) (119, 128, 133, 142) [82 (91, 105, 119, 133) (142, 151, 165, 174)] meters of Color 3 (C3)

Gauge

  • 20 stitches & 30 rounds = 4”/10 cm in single-color stockinette stitch with Size A needles, after blocking
  • 20 stitches & 21 rounds = 4”/10 cm in stranded colorwork from Yoke Chart with Size C needles, after blocking

Needles

Size A (for single-color stockinette stitch):

  • One each 32”/80 cm and 16”/40 cm long circular needles and one set of DPNs in size needed to obtain gauge listed
  • Suggested Size: 4.5 mm (US 7)

Size B (for ribbing):

  • One each 32”/80 cm and 16”/40 cm circular needles and one set of DPNs two sizes smaller than Size A
  • Suggested Size: 3.75 mm (US 5)

Size C (for stranded colorwork pattern from Yoke Chart):

  • One each 32”/80 cm and 16”/40 cm circular needles one size larger than Size A
  • Suggested Size: 5 mm (US 8)

Due to significant variance between knitters, your colorwork fabric should be swatched prior to knitting your sweater to determine whether or not this needle size should be larger, smaller or equal to Size A.

Size D (for Tubular Cast On only):

  • One 32”/80 cm circular needle and one set of DPNs one size smaller than Size B
  • Suggested Size: 3.5 mm (US 4)

Size E (for Rolled Crewneck Collar only):

  • One 16”/40 cm circular needle one size smaller than Size A
  • Suggested Size: 4 mm (US 6)

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:

  • Color Dominance
  • Tubular Cast On (optional)
  • Tubular Bind Off (optional)
  • Short Rows: Yarn Over Method
  • Kitchener Stitch (grafting)
  • Sewn Bind Off (optional)

Skill Level
3 out of 5: Intermediate