Sundottir by Dianna Walla


November 2013
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in single-color stockinette stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
855 - 1310 yards (782 - 1198 m)
33 (35½, 37¼, 41, 45¼, 49)" circumference at chest
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“I’ve long been enthralled by the beautiful knitting traditions of the different Nordic countries, and a few years ago I decided to knit myself a pullover inspired by two-color Norwegian sweaters, but with a stranded Icelandic round yoke. I had an idea in my head of what I wanted but couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for, and so decided to embark upon the adventure of designing it myself.

In the three years since I first knit it, Sundottir has become my go-to pullover. I reach for it whenever I need an extra warm layer. My original prototype has come along with me to no less than seven foreign countries; I’ve worn it for countless family Christmas parties, walks around the neighborhood, and grad school lectures. I think of it as an old friend.

In the hope that you might want to reach for your own Sundottir – whether you’re packing your bag for a trip abroad or simply going to the store – I’ve updated and improved upon the original prototype to give you the pattern that follows.” – Dianna Walla

The Body and Sleeves are worked in the round to the underarms, then joined. Work continues in the round for the Yoke.

Worsted weight wool yarn in the following approximate amounts:
755 (815, 865, 950, 1040, 1155) yards Color 1 (C1)
100 (110, 120, 130, 145, 155) yards Color 2 (C2)
Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yards/50g):
6 (6, 7, 7, 8, 9) skeins C1 and 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2) skeins C2
Photographed in colors Truffle Hunt (C1) and Fossil (C2)

18 stitches & 24 rounds = 4” in single-color stockinette stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking
18 stitches & 24 rounds = 4” in stranded pattern from Yoke Chart with Size C needle(s), after blocking

Size A (for Main Fabric):
One each 16”, 24”, and 32” circular needles and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs) in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)

Size B (for Ribbing):
One each 16” and 32” circular needles and one set of DPNs, two sizes smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)

Size C (optional; for stranded colorwork pattern from Yoke Chart):
One each 16” and 32” 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

32” circular needle can be used instead of DPNs if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round (i.e. Sleeves)

33 (35½, 37¼, 41, 45¼, 49)“ circumference at chest
Sample shown is size 35½” with + 1½-2” ease on models

Need help picking a size? See our resource page on Selecting a Sweater Size

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