I have a new sweater! Studies in Ice was an absolute joy to knit: the pattern is clear, and simple to follow, and the Lopi yarn knits up quickly. After some deliberation I went with the Seydisfjordir variant as I felt the rust and sand combination were a better fit for the chevrons, and I’m very pleased with the result.
For me this was a great learning experience as many of the techniques – long-tailed cast on, short rows, grafting with Kitchener Stitch – were new to me. This was also my first seamless garment, and it was fascinating to see the construction emerge as the sweater grew. It was also a chance to practice my colourwork – which sent me to the A Year of Techniques book to refresh my knowledge of dominance in stranded colourwork. I’m not totally satisfied with the yoke, however, as I sped through a couple of rows of single colour in the middle of the chart, and messed up the tension.
Lopi yarn was also new to me. It has a lovely ‘rustic’ feel to it, and varies in thickness, as it’s unplied, which took a little getting used to. I can tell that the sweater will be beautifully warm (my lap was certainly kept warm in the final stages of the knit 😂), and am looking forward to testing it’s reputed water-repellency. The yarn comes in a great range of colours, and I’m planning to make some more Lopi knits, hopefully venturing into their Alafoss (chunky), and Einband (lace) ranges too.
The only part of this project which was less than fun was, of course, blocking. The lack of space was an issue again, and the time of year (we’re getting into damp Autumn days) didn’t help: it took 4 days, and boosting the radiator, to dry it. It was tempting to skip blocking, as it already looked pretty good once the sleeves were grafted and the ends woven in, but blocking has eased the yoke tension, so it was worth the wait.