Lofoten by The Blue Mouse

Lofoten

Knitting
August 2018
Explorer Knits & Fibers
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette (blocked)
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
680 - 1565 yards (622 - 1431 m)
33.5 (36.5, 38.5, 40, 41.5, 43.5, 46.5, 48.5) [50, 51.5, 55, 58.5, 61.5, 66.5] inches, {85 (93, 98, 102, 105, 110, 118, 123) [127, 131, 140, 149, 156, 169] cm}
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Inspired by the Lofoten Islands of Norway, this top down, seamless yoke sweater echoes the beauty of its namesake with an extra cozy design and textural stitch detailing. Designed for oversized comfort, Lofoten incorporates drop stitch stripes in the yoke and garter ridges across the body for eye-catching results. These unique details are paired with color fading to allow you to blend colorways to make this sweater your own. Featuring 14 sizes in this fully written and charted pattern, Lofoten will wrap you in warmth and beauty, ready to take on your next coastal adventure.

SIZES
Measurements below are finished sweater sizes. This pattern is designed to be oversized and worn with 4” (10 cm) of positive ease, so I recommend choosing a finished bust size that is close to 4” (10 cm) larger than your actual bust measurement.

---Finished Bust Measurements---
33.5 (36.5, 38.5, 40, 41.5, 43.5, 46.5, 48.5) (50, 51.5, 55, 58.5, 61.5, 66.5)”, {85 (93, 98, 102, 105, 110, 118, 123) (127, 131, 140, 149, 156, 169) cm}

---Sweater Lengths---
From neck to body bind off
21 (21.25, 21.75, 22, 22.25, 22.25, 22.25, 22.5) (22.75, 22.75, 22.75, 22.75, 23, 23)”, {53.5 (54, 55, 56, 56.5, 56.5, 56.5, 57) (58, 58, 58, 58, 58.5, 58.5) cm}.

Sample is Size 40” bust worn with 4” of positive ease

GAUGE
Stockinette in the round using larger needles & blocked
24 sts/30 rows = 4” (10 cm)

MATERIALS
Fingering weight yarn: Approx.

Long Sleeve Version

  • C1 (main yoke color): 330 (380, 420, 440, 470, 480, 500, 530) (555, 595, 610, 685, 730, 805) yds, {302 (347, 384, 402, 430, 439, 457, 484) (507, 544, 558, 626, 667, 736) meters].

  • C2 (upper body color): 225 (255, 265, 270, 295, 300, 340, 350) (380, 395, 405, 440, 480, 485) yds, {206 (233, 242, 247, 270, 274, 311, 320) (347, 361, 370, 402, 439, 443) meters}.

  • C3 (bottom body color): 155 (170, 175, 180, 190, 195, 210, 215) (220, 225, 230, 250, 260, 275) yds, {142 (155, 160, 165, 174, 178, 192, 197) (201, 206, 210, 229, 238, 251) meters}.

3 / 4 Sleeve Length Version

  • C1: 320 (370, 410, 425, 455, 465, 485, 520)(545, 585, 595, 670, 710, 785) yds, {293 (338, 375, 388, 416, 425, 443, 475)(498, 535, 544, 612, 649, 718) meters}.

  • C2: 215 (240, 245, 250, 275, 280, 305, 310)(340, 350, 355, 380, 420, 425) yds, {197 (219, 224, 229, 251, 256, 279, 283)(311, 320, 324, 347, 384, 388) meters}.

  • C3: 145 (160, 165, 170, 175, 185, 200, 205)(210, 215, 220, 235, 245, 260) yds, {133 (146, 151, 155, 160, 169, 183, 187)(192, 197, 201, 215, 224, 238) meters}. Yardage may vary if your gauge/yarn is different.

Sample uses: Explorer Knits & Fibers Teton Sock (463 yds/100g, 75/25 SW Merino/Nylon)
First Sample Shown: Fall is Coming kit
Second Sample Shown: (bottom of photos) C1: Thistles on a Mountain Trail, C2: Sprig, C3: Haze.

How to choose colors: You can choose any 3 colors that go together, but I recommend choosing a speckled/variegated yarn to begin with and then choosing 2 colors that go well with it (probably 2 colors that can be found within that yarn, speckle colors)

Needles

Or size needed to match gauge - ribbing needles should be 2 sizes smaller

  • Main: US 5 (3.75mm) - 16” (40cm) & 32” (81cm) or longer for magic loop on sleeves (or DPN’s)

  • Ribbing: US 3 (3.25mm) - 16” (40cm) & 32” (81cm) or longer for magic loop on sleeves (or DPN’s)

(Most testers found 16” (40cm) more comfortable, but you could also use 24” (60cm) length for beginning of yoke)

OTHER MATERIALS:
stitch marker, yarn needle, scrap yarn.

(Progress keepers are helpful for measuring, but not necessary.)

NOTE: This pattern was updated in April of 2019.
What was changed:

  • The length of the sweater is now a few inches shorter, not cropped, but a more normal length now (the yardage was updated to reflect that change)

  • Added fill in the blank tables in a separate PDF (attached) to make knitting the body fade easier

  • Updated the pattern PDF to be more in line with my current pattern writing style, which will hopefully make it easier to follow

  • Nothing major was changed, other than the length shortened a bit.