flying fish
September 21, 2019
January 8, 2020

flying fish

Project info
Fiskur by Christiane Burkhard
Needles & yarn
24 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
1,107 yards = 7.8 skeins
Rowan Baby Cashsoft Merino
0.8 skeins = 113.6 yards (103.9 meters), 40 grams
Rowan Baby Cashsoft Merino
7 skeins = 994.0 yards (908.9 meters), 350 grams

Fiskur is knit top down in the round with the most fun and fast little colorwork pattern made by slipping stitches in a magical way so it creates little flying fish around the yoke. Such a fun knit! I remember modifying the neck quite a lot and opting for just a simple crew neckline. I added a few German short rows at the back neck to raise it a bit. I made the smallest size which was 31” bust, but was able to make it closer to a 34” because my gauge was 22 sts. per 4” instead of 24. Having a larger gauge will make a sweater larger, so you will have to knit a smaller size if you want it to fit. The yarn was Rowan Baby Cashsoft Merino, their answer to Debbie Bliss’ Baby Cashermerino. Rowan says this yarn is a sport but I really think it’s more of a DK weight. The fabric was way too tight at 24 st. per 4” and looked better at 22”. That’s why I knit the smallest size! The yarn is lovely to knit and baby soft next to the skin. On my sweater the sleeves were too blousy! I had to heavily decrease them as I was knitting them down but was happy enough with the fit in the end. The sleeves also came out too short, my miscalculation, but before I add an inch to the cuff I’m going to block it first to see if I can’t add an inch that way. It’s a superwash yarn so should be very stretchy out of a water bath. I have a love/hate affair with superwash yarns because of that: love that they can be washed in the washing machine, but dislike their stretchy tendencies. I usually pop superwash sweaters in the dryer for a bit to get them back into shape. Either way, fixing too-short cuffs are an easy fix. It’s a casual and warm everyday type of sweater and I’m happy with it.

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by Rowan
57% Merino, 33% Acrylic, 10% Cashmere goat
142 yards / 50 grams

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  • Project created: September 28, 2019
  • Finished: January 10, 2020
  • Updated: March 7, 2022