Sylvía´s pink sweater and cap by Hélène Magnússon
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Sylvía´s pink sweater and cap

Sport (12 wpi) ?
29 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
3.0 mm
2-4 (4-6) 6-8 years old for the cardigan, S (M) for the cap

Pattern is from the book Icelandic knitting using rose-pattern. The book preserves old Icelandic knitting tradition that had almost been lost. First half is a study of traditionnal rose-pattern insert knitting in Iceland. Inserts or rose-pattern inserts are knitted insoles that were worn in soft shoes made of fishskin or sheepskin. Second half are contemporary designs all based of old shoe-inserts. The author has tried to remain true to the original color schemes of the inserts she chose, and the traditionnal methods used in making them (Icelandic intarsia, i.e. intarsia knitting with garter stitch).

Pattern is in Icelandic, English, Russian (soon) and French.

The sweater is inspired by three old Icelandic shoe-inserts decorated with Roses, Diamonds and an Hour glass motif. They all have some pink in it because it was a special order for Sylvía´s four years old birthday. The Diamond motif is repeated many times making a continuous pattern, where as the Rose and the Hour glass motifs are mixed together. Both Icelandic intarsia and Fair Isle knitting techniques were used. Sylvía helped arranging the motifs and absolutely wanted a zipper. The cap came as a surprise from a loving mum.

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