Icelandic Sweater and Knitting

Posted on May 07, 2008. 6 comments

The sweater is a hybrid of Elizabeth Zimmermann's Icelandic Yoke Sweater (knitted as described in The Opinionated Knitter) up to the yoke and the charts and finishing from Istex's Hela Sweater. I found that the EZ collar decreases were frustrating, and the Hela collar didn't decrease enough. So I decreased more in the ribbing and used a hem to prevent rolling.
I'm pleased with the results although knitting with three color changes in one row is a little fussy for my taste. I do love the drape of the Istex Lite Lopi, and I finally got why EZ always said "break wool" instead of cut wool in her patterns, because you can easily pull the lopi apart.
On a completely unrelated topic I'd like to share something I've been thinking about for some time, the different way we knit. Continental, English, Combined, really it all is irrelevant in the end (barring what some people consider mistakes such as twisted stitches).
With that in mind I'd like to share some video clips of different knitters.
I'll go first. My knitting style was heavily influenced by Susan Gordon Lydon, and technique by EZ. I knit very loosely, usually requiring three or more needle sizes below the recommendation.
I loop the yarn over the needle for stitches rather than making an exaggerated throwing motion. Overall I try to minimize my movements as much as possible.
Next up is my blogless college friend, Cathy. She is a leftie and knits from the right needle to the left instead of the usual left to right. I'm fascinated and curious to see how her style will develop as she continues on her knitting journey.
Irish College Knitting is in the clip below, it's a fairly famous clip of the Yarn Harlot herself, and I find myself mesmerized by her knitting and that she can knit with a crowd around her.

It's said that the cottage knitting was developed by people who knit for their livelhood, and based on the knitting speed Stephanie employs I believe it.
And finally just for fun here's a clip of a Knitting Speed Contest.

These knitters don't mess around.


  • Posted by Carrie K on May 08, 2008

    The Icelandic sweater looks so good and fits you so well! Now you need to move to a cooler climate.
    Those videos were mesmerizing. Does Cathy normally knit that slowly or was it so we could see her technique?

  • Posted by razorknitgirl on May 14, 2008

    that sweater is gorgeous and looks very good on you :)
    I think that no matter the style, as long as you can knit and purl – then all is good.

  • Posted by Lori on May 07, 2008

    Oh. My. I love the three colors per row look! It is beautiful. The pattern is great and it looks really cute on you!
    The videos all stress me out a bit yet also amaze me. I wonder how many knitter styles there are in the world? I can not believe how fast the Yarn Harlot can knit. The whole video looks like it was recorded in high speed. (Well except the slow speed part which looks like my knitting speed.)

  • Posted by lyssa on May 08, 2008

    You look so studious in your knitting video. No giant comfy sectional sofa…no trash tv. You can’t fool me, thesis girl.
    My knitting style is pretty simple American style (to my grandmother’s everlasting sorrow, as she believes that Continental is the one true way to knit). I try to make the throwing motion as minimal and slick as possible, and I work very close with the needle tips. My gauge is usually pretty close to pattern recommendations (except where people note that their gauge is really unusual).

  • Posted by lyssa on May 08, 2008

    Oh, yeah…and when I first learned to knit I twisted all my stitches, because the friend who taught me to knit was a beginner herself, and she twisted all her stitches. I didn’t figure out that this wasn’t the way you were “supposed” to do it until I tried knitting lace and my yarn overs looked weird.

  • Posted by marri on May 07, 2008

    absolutely lovely sweater! and you look fabulous, i have to say!

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