Levnadslust by Yarn-Madness


July 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
3.5 stitches and 4 rows = 1 inch
in Garter stitch (stretched)
7.0 mm
250 - 450 yards (229 - 411 m)
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Levnadslust, meaning ”joy of living” in Swedish, was a mystery knit-along during the summer of 2013. It is worked flat throughout and still manages to be completely seamless. Open your eyes to the lovely feeling of loose knit garter stitch, and enjoy an all-knit garment with not a single purl stitch in sight!

Levnadslust is a summer top to cover up chilly necklines and shoulders, or to shield from the sun on the extra hot days! With a slightly different shape it flatters the bustline and the often neglected sideways profile of the body, and gives a great opportunity to show off some lovely yarn!

Want to cover up your backside instead? Turn the whole thing around and wear it with the opening toward the front – tastefully emphasizing your female parts, and getting a lovely soft drape across the back.

The pattern clues have now been replaced with a full pattern pdf.

Languages: English, Swedish


Sizes - bust circumference:

XS: 70-75 cm or 27-29”
S: 80-85 cm or 31-33”
M: 90-95 cm or 35-37”
L: 100-105 cm or 39-41”
XL: 110-115 cm or 43-45”
2XL: 120-125 cm or 47-49”
3XL: 130-135 cm or 51-53”


Fingering or sport weight yarn,
230/245/275/305/340/370/410 meters, or
250/270/300/335/375/405/450 yards
Note: Given yardage is for a sleeveless version.

Knitting needles (circular or straight),
7mm / US 10½, or size to get gauge.
Same size crochet hook for provisional CO.
3 stitch markers
Locking stitch marker or safety pin
1 double pointed needle or similar.

A stash buster! Score! But can I do it? What are the needed knitting skills?
This simple knit requires only basic knitting skills , and yet is stimulating enough to entertain - knitting gurus as well as knitting newbies will be pleased!

Skills required for this knit:
• Provisional CO – A crochet PCO will be explained in the pattern, but whatever one you prefer will do fine!
• Knit
• K2tog (knit 2 together – 1 st decreased)
• Kfb (knit into the front and back of the stitch – 1 st increased)
• Binding off

A few quotes from the knit-along:

flatters all body styles, and goes great to all age ranges
- Cjcrochet1knit2

FINALLY, there is an option for lovely sock yarn besides socks and shawls.
- moevans

the classic/twist wardrobe item girls need. They extend what we already have for the cost of a skein of yarn!
- shhshh

I love this design! It’ll be excellent breastfeeding-garment too, protecting breast from chilly wind and giving some privacy while breastfeeding!
- tiinav

I had every intention of ripping it out last night when I finished the knitting and tried it on… But what witchcraft is this?!? I wet the piece and hung it on a hanger and it literally BLOSSOMED in front of me.
- knitapeace