I have spent the day learning new english words; trying to learn the language of Knitting! These are the moments when I’m being reminded that my first language is not english, because I was thinking it was going to be so easy, but it took a lot of research and several hours of roaming around the internet before I figured it out. And I owe a big thanks to Strikkeoppskrift.com for their wonderful list of english knitting words and expressions.
The last week I have been knitting away on the knitting project my mom sent me, which I showed in my post called “My mom know’s exactly how to send the perfect Care package!“. And so far I have finished the front and the back piece, but I’m now waiting for more yarn to arrive, because right now it’s just a vest and not a sweater! So I though I would used the waiting time to show all of your how to knit your own “Dorthe Skappel Sweater“.
This is the original pattern, which is made by a TV personality in Norway called Dorthe Skappel. Dorthe Skappel knitted this sweater for her daughter Maria Skappel, who through her blog and magazine interview introduced this sweater to the Norwegian people and started a knitting trend like no other. My mother and I did of course have to be a part of this trend, so we sat out to knit the sweater everyone was talking about, “The Dorthe Skappel Sweater” using the pattern “Mamma’s hjemmestrikket genser!” (Mom’s home knitted sweater!) as seen in the pictures above.
This pattern is in Norwegian, but I did of course want to share this great little adventure of us with all of you, so I have translated the pattern;
Step by step how I Knitted this Sweater:
This is the yarn colors that I have been using, a mix of dark brown and beige, my mom choice for her sweater. This is not exactly the same type of yarn that the pattern asks for, but another type of Alpaca yarn consisting of 15% Wool, 20% Alpaca and 65% Acrylic, which will make the sweater less fuzzy. And I’m knitting on a circular needle size 9mm, to make a loose and light sweater.
Step 1; Casting on my stitches to the circular needle, using both colored yarns as one.
Step 2; Knitting a 4cm long ribbed boarder (knit 2 and purl 2).
Step 3; Knitting back and forth, Garder Stitches, until you reach the desired length.
Step 4; Taking a look at the Front and the Back piece while I’m waiting for more yarn to arrive in the mail!
Hopefully the extra yarn will be here soon so that I can show you how I sew it all together and then in the end show you what the sweater will look like!
I have tried my best to translate the pattern, but if I used some wrong words or didn’t explain it all that well, then please let me know!