Sundottir the Second

It’s probably not sweater weather in most parts of the world, is it? But hey, I finished a sweater!

2014 4 Sundottir Pullover in Hayloft 1

This outfit looks rather fall-like, with the golden yellow wool and tights – they are supposed to be grey but they look taupey-brown here.

2014 4 Sundottir Pullover in Hayloft 2

This is the same pattern as this sweater, Sundottir, in a pretty, rustic yellow called Hayloft. Ravelry notes here. 

2014 4 Sundottir Pullover in Hayloft 3

I enjoyed knitting the first version so much, I started another one right away! I worked on it slowly and finally finished it. I’m still not buying yarn this year, so it worked out well that I had the right yarn in the right amount just waiting for this sweater.

Here’s the first version again, for comparison:

2014 1 Skydottir Pullover (6)

The yoke colourwork in the olive version stands out more, while the yellow version is more subtle.

2014 4 Sundottir Pullover in Hayloft 4

Here’s what it looks like, flat:

2014 4 Sundottir Pullover in Hayloft 8

Close-up of the colourwork yoke:

2014 4 Sundottir Pullover in Hayloft 9

The other colour is Woodsmoke, a light beigey-grey colour. Oatmeal-colour, if you like.

This sweater fits nicely in the front, but there’s extra fabric in the back, where my back curves in at the back waist.

2014 4 Sundottir Pullover in Hayloft 5

I’m watching Knit to Flatter on Craftsy right now and I’ve realized that people shaped like me can work extra shaping into the small of the back to avoid this sort of thing. What a great idea! I sort of assumed this is how sweaters are supposed to be, loose through the middle, but we can customize the fit if we want less extra space.

It fits OK from the front and side though, just the back has too much room.

2014 4 Sundottir Pullover in Hayloft 7

(this fence used to be green – see? I’m glad they painted it brown!)

As I was knitting this sweater at knitting night, I mentioned many times what I was working on, and that I’d just finished making the exact same one. Many people said that they never knit the same thing twice! (And some people rarely make a project only once, as there are knitters & crocheters that make items to sell or make the same project multiple times for gifts.)

For me, if I like something, I’m eager to make it again right away!

2014 4 Sundottir Pullover in Hayloft 6

It’s going to be very pretty worn with bottoms in navy or denim, burgundy, forest green or grey. When fall comes I’ll be ready!

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28 Responses to Sundottir the Second

  1. joelle June 26, 2014 at 6:36 am #

    when you love a project, both the process and the end result, i totally understand why you would make it a second time! i often get attrected by new shiny pattern (want to make all. the. things.!!) but there is definetely great value in making something again. also, totally out of subject, but your hair looks SO great in these pics!

    • Tasia June 26, 2014 at 10:04 am #

      Aw yay, thank you for the hair compliment! :) It’s getting curlier as it gets longer and I’m embracing its natural texture.
      I agree, I want to make all the things too! And also I want to make the same things again. I just want to have twice the amount of knitting time, really, then I wouldn’t have to choose! Don’t you feel like there is a constant stream of new designs every time you look up? Guess we should look at it as ‘many things to choose from’ rather than ‘must collect them all!’

  2. autumn June 26, 2014 at 7:13 am #

    that looks super great! i am never fast enough that i want to re-knit the same pattern, lol – for myself, anyway!

    • Tasia June 26, 2014 at 10:01 am #

      It is faster the second time around, especially if you make it right away afterwards while it’s still fresh in your mind! :) But I can see why you’d want to move on to something new. I can’t knit in the same colour right away after because I get tired of looking at yellow stitches.

  3. Samina June 26, 2014 at 7:21 am #

    Both versions of the sweater are lovely & it’s neat to see how the different color combos make it look like two totally different sweater designs. I laughed when I saw that you’d knitted a second one. I always hit this stage when I’m knitting something & I’m madly in love with it & start making notes of what I’ll do differently in my next version. By the time I’m done with it, I don’t ever want to knit another again! I really loathe the finishing, so I end up loathing the project at the end. Maybe that’s why I’ve got a huge pile of *almost* done sweaters!

    • Tasia June 26, 2014 at 10:00 am #

      Yup, I go through the same thought process every single time! ‘This is fantastic, I want eight of these! But I’ll make them longer here, and with a lower neck.. etc etc’ Madly in love with it, that sums it up well. :)
      What part do you loathe about finishing – seaming, working in ends, blocking? Sewing buttons on? I put off sewing on buttons but I don’t mind working in ends and I love the smell of wool blocking. :)

  4. Kelly June 26, 2014 at 7:30 am #

    I think I like this one even more! It will really be perfect come fall!

    • Tasia June 26, 2014 at 9:48 am #

      I think I might as well! Subtler yoke pattern and such a great yellow colour.

  5. Jacqui June 26, 2014 at 8:13 am #

    Considering I’m staring out the window at grey, drizzly skies, I’d say it’s sweater whether here in San Francisco, too. Who says you can’t wear a Fall palette in June? :)

    • Tasia June 26, 2014 at 9:45 am #

      Oh yeah, we’re lucky to have sun today but it’s on and off here, often you aren’t sure if it’s tights weather or shorts weather. :)

  6. Carol June 26, 2014 at 8:47 am #

    You knit beautifully. I too took the Knit to Flatter class and it really opened my eyes not just to knitting, but to what I’ve been wearing in general, and what I shouldn’t be wearing. lol. If you’re interested she’s also come up with a Custom Fit knitting program where you enter your measurements, enter your swatch information and then you can either build a custom sweater or use a pattern you own as a basis.
    http://www.customfit.makewearlove.com

    • Tasia June 26, 2014 at 9:42 am #

      Thank you! Yes, I’ve really enjoyed the Knit to Flatter class, especially the bit where they show different sweaters on the same body and how much it can change the visual impact. Great info for all types of clothing, you’re right. And sometimes you can choose less-flattering for comfort, but know that you could look slimmer/taller/curvier if you so desired. (I’m thinking of the short or elbow-length sleeve recommendation for pear shapes. Good for flattery but what about having cold forearms?)
      And yes! I love the concept of customfit and have already started trying it out. The idea is so brilliant. Have you tried it? Did you get a good result?

  7. Michelle June 26, 2014 at 9:14 am #

    It may not be sweater wearing weather, but it is always sweater knitting weather. It’s a year-round activity for me. :-D

    • Tasia June 26, 2014 at 9:38 am #

      Agreed! Me too. In fact, I might even prefer knitting during the summer because I’m less in a rush to be wearing it.

  8. The Sewing CPA June 26, 2014 at 9:37 am #

    Wow, both sweaters look very beautiful. You make me want to learn how to knit.

    • Tasia June 26, 2014 at 10:06 am #

      I started knitting in 2011, so it’s never too late to start! :) After about a year I finished my first sweater. So it’s totally possible and complements sewing skills well. You can make sweaters and cardigans to match your handmade skirts and dresses! Plus, it’s a portable hobby. You can knit anywhere but you can’t sew anywhere! Anyways, I’ll stop trying to sell you on knitting but it is totally possible to pick it up and progress to sweaters in not a terribly long time.

  9. Katy June 26, 2014 at 10:22 am #

    It looks awesome! I recently taken up knitting and I’m on my third sweater having made my first one in January. It’s so addictive!

  10. Tasha June 26, 2014 at 11:31 am #

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love that rustic yellow color, too. I’m a firm believer in yellow as a neutral, that’s going to look amazing with so many things!

    I rarely want to knit the same thing more than once, usually because I have just so many other things I’ve fallen in love with. However I’m currently starting another basic bolero like I knit earlier this year because I wear it all the time and could literally have one in every color and be happy. :)

  11. Grandma J June 26, 2014 at 11:59 am #

    That is really nice. My grand-daughter would love that! I haven’t knit anything for quite a while. My embroidery work has kept me busy, but maybe it’s about time for me to change it up :)

  12. Jo June 26, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

    Another lovely one! I haven’t made a knit twice yet, because they take so long that they feel too unique or something. Maybe I will one day though :) hey, your colour work is gorgeous as always :) and I always get that pooching in the back of my knits too! I have a slim back, but I think it’s also because I have a sway back, that it needs less length there. I’m thinking of trying out short rows to make it longer in the front, and see if that helps! The weather here is perfect for a lovely warm knit like yours. Well done again :) lovely!

  13. jen June 26, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

    Technically it is winter for hlf the planet..me included..so this a great post for those of us who spend three months of the year wrapped in woolens whilst lookn at photos of bikinis in blogland!!
    Both jumpers are gorgeous! X

  14. LisaB June 26, 2014 at 4:22 pm #

    Very pretty sweater! I really like the colorwork.

    Having a bottom-heavy shape, I need extra shaping from hem to waist, especially in back, so I’ve been working double darts in the back and single darts in the front. My sweaters fit so much better now!

  15. Karen June 26, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

    Well, it’s certainly sweater (or jumper, jersey or pullover!) weather here in the Southern Hemisphere! I love your new one, what a great colour for you. You’ll be ready when it’s your turn for winter again.

  16. Bella June 26, 2014 at 11:18 pm #

    It’s definitely winter down here in New Zealand! I’m about 3/4 of the way through my own Sundottir, in the long johns colour with a fossil yoke pattern. I’m loving it so far, just hoping and praying that my gauge won’t turn out too tight. Both of your versions are lovely! In fact, I think it was your original version that convinced me to knit this pattern. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Amy June 27, 2014 at 2:06 am #

    This looks amazing! I’ve had this in my Ravelry queue for ages but I might bump it up seeing how lovely yours looks! Get myself organised for autumn already…

  18. Turina Hira June 27, 2014 at 6:53 am #

    Love both your Sundottir, they suit you so nicely.

    Will be interesting to see the difference once you do the extra fitting with the next sweater. Who would have known you could fit knitting like you fit sewn clothes!? Will have to purchase the knit to flatter class, it is on special at the moment on Craftsy too.

  19. youseef June 27, 2014 at 6:58 am #

    I think its so nice..&great job..look so beautiful on you..good luck..wish you

  20. Debra June 30, 2014 at 6:03 pm #

    Love it!