Peafowl by Linnea Ornstein


January 2017
Aran (8 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1050 - 1400 yards (960 - 1280 m)
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Peafowl is a sweater with a patterned yoke that resembles white peacock feathers. It is knit in the round with stranded knitting in the pattern. The technique of knitting in the round, and ­decreasing symmetrically around the yoke, is typical for ­Icelandic sweaters, lopapeysas, and is ideal for those new to knitting sweaters. The only seaming necessary, is few stitches where you attach the sleeves to the body with invisible stitches.

The sample sweater is knit in Big Merino Hug, the softest merino yarn you can imagine, which makes it a bliss to wear! Luckily, this yarn is made from ethically and organically produced merino wool, which makes sure you can wear it with a good ­conscience as well.

The sweater is knit bottom up. You start with ­either the body or the sleeves, then place them ­together on the needles and knit the yoke in one piece from chart. The yoke starts from the left side shoulder. Add some short rows after the chart to raise the neck slightly.


Big Merino Hug, 5-7 skeins of main colour, 1 skein of contrast colour
Alternative: Plötulopi, 4-6 plates of main colour, 1 skein of contrast colour

4 & 5 mm circular needles and dpn’s

17 sts & 25 rows = 10 cm in stockinette stitch

If you feel confused about any of the stitches or instructions, check out ­http://instructions.­ for videos of Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off and other useful techniques.