I finished the Icelandic yoke sweater for my son over the weekend, and I’m SO happy with how it turned out!
This one was the result of Jackson trying on my North Shore sweater, and very nearly walking off with it (if it had been even one little bit softer, he probably would have tried to take it). He wanted a sweater, too, but like Caragh, he wanted it SOFT, and also in a more geometric pattern. He didn’t like any of the ones I could find on Ravelry; they were too busy, or too feminine-looking (to him), or too flowery, or too “scenic.” So I looked through most of my stitch pattern books and found the main “X” pattern in one of them (I can’t remember which, unfortunately), and then to keep it simple, created a basic colorwork striped pattern for above and below it.
This one, too, is knit in my DK weight cashmere base, Elysium. This is a base I’ve only ever used in my Yarn Club, but it’s so nice I might have to do a special run sometime.
I designed Jackson’s sweater from scratch rather than going with a pattern, because I already knew he wanted a yoke pattern I was going to have to design. Having just knit two bottom-up yoke sweaters, I’m now familiar with the general construction and structure. Finally, having just finished Caragh’s sweater, I knew what my gauge was for this yarn, and how it would behave in this sort of design. So I set about by measuring a sweater Jackson already had, added a bit for growing room, and went from there.
He loves it, and it fits him very nicely. I knit it with enough room that it should fit him forever, even after he fills out a bit from his current tall, lanky frame. Knowing how both my husband and my brother went from being very lanky (even skinny) as young men, to still fit but broader in the shoulders especially, I knew if this was going to be a sweater Jackson could wear for a long time, I needed to plan ahead.
So, it’s loose, but not too baggy. (Jackson wanted to make sure I got his toe shoes in at least one photo, so there you go! Obligatory toe shoe shot.)
Jackson picked the colors: a deep, dark charcoal blue with light gray and natural white for the pattern. They look so great together, and so great on him.
While I loved knitting for my kids when they were little, creating something I know they’ll wear into adulthood, a cherished, handmade piece of their wardrobe that’s basically a hug from their Mom every time they wear it, makes me incredibly happy. And a just a little bit teary when I see them wearing what I’ve made especially for them. It’s really one of the best things about making things by hand.
Since posting the first photo to my Instagram and Facebook accounts last night, I’ve had quite a few requests for the pattern. So, I’m going to knit this again, in one of my regular bases (either Birte, Brigantia, or Selene) and actually write it down while I do it. Then, I’ll be looking for a slew of test knitters!
So, leave a comment if you might be interested in test knitting this design. AND a suggestion on what to name this design, if one comes to you. Naming patterns is just as difficult as naming colorways can be!