Sundottir Pullover

It’s probably no longer sweater weather in many parts of the world, but here we’ll be wearing sweaters just a little while longer. Which is great as I knit a new favourite sweater!

skydottir pullover sweater

I probably say that a lot, every time I finish something that I like, but this is definitely up there with the favourites! I’m really happy with the fit, the colour, the style, the yarn choice.

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Isn’t this a lovely design? Ravelry notes here. The pattern is Sundottir, from Brooklyn Tweed’s Wool People, and the yarn is Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, my favourite! I bought the yarn in Portland Oregon, at Knit Purl, one of the select stores that carries Shelter yarn. Such a nice store, they even offered to ship my yarn purchases home for me if I couldn’t fit it in my suitcase.

The colour is Artifact, a gorgeous olive-y green with flecks of greeny-yellow and cobalt blue. It’s beautiful and rustic, and smells wonderfully wooly.

Here’s a close-up of the yarn to show off the tweedy effect and the hints of yellow and blue. Gorgeous!

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Here’s an interview with the designer of this sweater which was neat to read. I like to know the thinking and planning behind a design, but the information isn’t always available. Did you know the designer is also a bike commuter? I feel even more connected to this sweater design now!

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This is a great flattering style on figures with curvy hips, because the round yoke lines draw an arc around the shoulders, bringing the eye up and widening the shoulders. I’m reading a book on designing sweaters and the author recommends yoked styles for pear-shapes, so it’s not just my suggestion!

This is one of the first sweaters I’ve knit where the sleeves are not snug against my arms, which I like. It’s probably because I checked my gauge as I knit, and adjusted to larger needles so my gauge would match the pattern. (Novel concept, I know! Following directions gives a better result, I’m learning to go slower and check my work as I go.)

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I did make the sleeves longer, because I have a thing about too-short sleeves. I like them to cover my wrists. I’d much rather have to cuff them than have them too short! The good thing about having a few handknit sweaters completed is that I could measure them and find which sleeve lengths were most comfortable, and use that measurement to knit these. That same technique works for most projects –check your favourite skirt length, blouse back length, sleeve length to make sure your project is going to meet your preferences.

However, the sleeves are still just a little bit short for my liking! They’re fine, not noticeably short, but I’d love an extra half-inch of length.

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I didn’t try on the sweater until the final rows, just before knitting the neck ribbing. And I was thrilled to find that it fit well and it was incredibly flattering. Success! (Success and relief, too. It’s great when it works out like that, not so great when you try it on at the end and the fit is all off…)

The fit is slightly loose through the body, but comfortable. I’m aiming to have more ease in my sweaters these days, so they have that throw-on-and-go appeal. Easy, relaxed, warm. That’s what I’m drawn to, more so than fitted knits.

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It contrasts nicely with this little lace skirt and ankle boots. The sweater is rustic, the skirt is a little dressy. (I admit this skirt was styled on a mannequin with a lightweight tweedy pullover, so I planned to wear it with handknit sweaters!)

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The yoke pattern incorporates rows of stripes, so it knits up quite quickly! Stripes are faster to knit than stopping to alternate colours. (For me, anyways.)

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Here’s the inside of the colourwork section. If you think about it, there’s almost twice as much yarn used in the colourwork yoke, so it will be extra warm around the shoulders! Smart.

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I couldn’t wait to wear this sweater. I love the two-colour fair isle pattern, it’s simple to knit. Plus, it’s easy to tell if the colours will work nicely together when there’s just two. A grey and white combo would be nice, too. What colours would you make this sweater in?

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 ps. Outdoor photos taken by Corinne – it’s ten times faster to have someone else take photos, rather than fussing with the remote and tripod! Thanks Corinne!

pps. This sweater pattern was originally called Skydottir, but the name was changed to Sundottir because of legal reasons, says the pattern page on Ravelry. Just in case you notice other people have made this same sweater with a different name.

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36 Responses to Sundottir Pullover

  1. G April 14, 2014 at 6:07 am #

    I think red and white would be pretty for Xmas. Thought I think yours with a red scarf would work too!

    • Tasia April 14, 2014 at 9:00 am #

      Red and white would be pretty for the holidays!

  2. That's Sew Amy April 14, 2014 at 6:13 am #

    It looks really nice! I have only started knitting recently, so something like this seems incredibly intimidating! Maybe by next winter I will be that advanced. I did make my dog a sweater though – he likes it ;) LOL

    • Tasia April 14, 2014 at 9:00 am #

      I’ve only been knitting for three years now – so it does get easier and you’ll be able to tackle more complicated projects the more you practice!

  3. Kelly April 14, 2014 at 7:03 am #

    Beautiful! The yarn is really fantastic, as is the pattern. I love sweaters to have just a bit of ease and this one looks like it fits perfectly!

    • Tasia April 14, 2014 at 8:59 am #

      It does, I like the amount of ease as it doesn’t cling or ride up and works over a button-up shirt too. This was a really good fit with no modifications on my body, lucky as I didn’t get to try it on till the end. :)

  4. O. Jolly April 14, 2014 at 7:24 am #

    Beautiful sweater! And the yarn is quite gorgeous!

  5. Elizabeth April 14, 2014 at 7:59 am #

    I love it! I was going to get some Brooklyn Tweed yarn (the Faded Quilt colour) but decided not to after reading the reviews on raverly but I might have to reconsider! I’ll be in Portland next fall so I’ll have to check out. There are no stores that sell it where I live. :(

    • Tasia April 14, 2014 at 8:57 am #

      I read the reviews too but I really like the yarn! It all depends on what you like, I like a rustic, tweedy, scratchy yarn that has some texture to it. I don’t mind that it breaks a little because you can spit-splice it easily. I love the muted colours – the Faded Quilt is beautiful! So take the reviews for what they are – people’s opinions and preferences. I love Shelter. But I can see why some people wouldn’t.
      Knit Purl in Portland carries a whole bookshelf worth of Shelter and Loft! Enjoy your trip!

      • Elizabeth April 14, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

        Thanks Tasia! I shyed away from it since I couldn’t actually go and feel it. I’m not a huge fan of itchy.

        I love love love Portland!

    • Anotheryarn April 14, 2014 at 9:19 am #

      Elizabeth, when you are in Portland you should also check out Close Knit as they carry a yarn that is similar to Shelter (same mill but IIRC a different wool make-up and spin method).

      Tasia – I’m seriously jealous of your sweater knitting skills. Also – can you please start telling us a little bit more about your cute sewn skirts :)

      • Tasia April 14, 2014 at 9:26 am #

        Aw, busted! I didn’t make this skirt :( I bought it, because the lace was so pretty! It’s navy blue lace with black lining. It’s totally something you could make, just a simple A-line skirt with a few pleats at the waistline, lined with black, invisible zipper at the side.

        Thanks for the recommendation to check out Close Knit, as I may be back in Portland again!

        • Elizabeth April 14, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

          I went to Close Knit last time I was in Portland! It’s awesome there!

  6. Norma April 14, 2014 at 7:59 am #

    I love that sweater! I have had my eye on that pattern and it is always great to see your knitting notes.

    • Tasia April 14, 2014 at 8:58 am #

      It’s a good pattern! Hope you like it too, if you end up making it!

  7. Meg April 14, 2014 at 9:06 am #

    It’s so lovely! I love the fair isle yoke, and the colors you chose for the yarn. Perfect for the still chilly weather we are having!

  8. Ally - Design Rewind Fashions April 14, 2014 at 10:16 am #

    I really like this sweater! Yet another reason why I need to learn how to knit!!! Thank you for sharing another of your beautiful projects.

    • Tasia April 14, 2014 at 10:44 am #

      Any time! :) I’m so glad you like it!

  9. Tina April 14, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Beautiful sweater, Tasia. Do you think this sweater would be too difficult for a beginner? I made a scarf as my first knitting project and would like to knit a sweater but am a bit afraid because of the fitting. You know, in sewing you can just take in the side seam a bit to tweak the fit, but in a knitted scarf…..well I just am a bit of a scaredy cat!

    • Tasia April 14, 2014 at 10:46 am #

      Hi Tina! I think this sweater has a lot of new things to learn for a beginner – colourwork, fitting, knitting in the round. None of these are particularly hard on their own, but it’s a lot of new techniques at once. For a first sweater, unless you are confident with colourwork (knitting with more than one colour) I would try a solid sweater first. Something like Ladies Classic Raglan, Blank Canvas, would be a good starting point.
      You’re right, in sewing you can tweak the fit later on but not with knitting! Knitted garments are stretchy and more forgiving, but they still need to have the waist shaping in the right place, and a good fit around the armholes.

      • Tina April 14, 2014 at 4:43 pm #

        Thanks, Tasia, I will look into those patterns.

  10. Sheryl April 14, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    Good job! Gorgeous!!!

    • Tasia April 14, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

      Thank you!

  11. Sabs April 14, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    I love this jumper! I’m afraid I’m stalking all your knits on Rav as I really like your pattern choices so I’m storing them in my library for future use…

    • Tasia April 14, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

      Do it! I stalk my friends’ favourites too :) Makes sense if you like someone’s style!

  12. Joanne April 14, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

    I love it, as usual! I just got back into crochet and knitting and have finished a crocheted cardigan and knitted sweater. I never got up the nerve to try colorwork with those intricate designs but you have inspired me to try it. Although, since it’s starting to warm up here it probably won’t be until next Fall!

  13. Jo April 14, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

    Yay, I love to see your knitted garments! And it reminds me I need to blog my latest, oops! I really want a yoked pullover in my future. They are so very pretty. And Yay for rustic yarn, I like it because it’s hard wearing. Pilling is the worst! Another lovely knit from you.

  14. Lucy April 14, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

    I love this! (I’m also fessing up to stalking your knits…sorry.) I’m with you on the sleeves – I always like to have my sleeves stop about halfway between my wrist and the base of my thumb. I hate when they’re just not quite long enough.

    I’d like to try Sundottir sometime – right now I’ve just ordered some wool from Nordic Store for a Strokkur so I can make my first foray into colourwork, which has always scared me.

    I might give this one a go next winter, maybe in a blue/white combo. (Next winter because my knitting plans for this coming one is full!)

  15. Bella April 14, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

    I love this!! My mum and I are about to embark on Strokkur sweaters together, the wool has just arrived in the mail. Can’t wait to get going on that project, but as soon as it’s done I think I’ll try the Sundottir. I really love yoked sweaters. Looks great on you!

  16. Reader April 14, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

    I love it. It reminds me of the Fair Isle sweaters wealthier girls used to wear at boarding school and which were purchased at preppy boutiques in towns like Greenwich, Connecticut.

  17. Nikki April 15, 2014 at 1:04 am #

    I’ve just started my first jumper – a tweedy green for my boyfriend. It’s not knitted in the round, I’ve only ever knitted socks that way, but I’m enjoying it so much I want to make myself one and try in the round. This is totally beautiful so I’m saving it for me! I’d probably do it in shades of green. Or maybe petrol blue…

  18. Rachelle April 15, 2014 at 3:05 am #

    Great sweater Tasia! You’re knitting is always inspiring to me. I am currently (and excitedly) finishing up my first adult size sweater inspired by you – an Owls! If I were to make a Sundottir, I would make it in grey and pink.

  19. Lisa April 15, 2014 at 5:38 am #

    Just beautiful Tasia! I’m a fairly new knitter, haven’t tried anything complicated, but this inspires me!

  20. Suz April 15, 2014 at 9:30 am #

    What a gorgeous jumper. I absolutely love it and I’m so envious of your crafty abilities!!! :) I’ll stick to sewing for now but really want to try my hand at knitting in the future.

  21. Leigh April 16, 2014 at 9:41 am #

    Hi Tasia,

    If you want to lengthen the sleeves, it’s actually really easy to pick up stitches at the top of the cuff, and then knit down to give the extra length you’re looking for. I’m slightly taller than average, and was really unsure about this process at first, but it’s so straight forward you’d kick yourself for not bothering.


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