Lopi Sweater KAL (Berroco)

I started the Berroco Lopi Sweater KAL Feb 1, and it has been a wonderful experience and so much fun. You can find them on the Berroco blog and/or the Ravelry Berroco group! Even if you are not planning on knitting a sweater right now, there is lots of valuable info there. The mods are very helpful and have made it easy enough to tackle even if this is your first sweater. The KAL knitters are an inspiring, chatty group.
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I”m making Afmaeli from Veddis Jonsdotturm see his designs in the following link: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/vds-jnsdttir

This sweater was a free pattern and I love how it looked. I picked out Lettlopi to knit it in black, white and light gray. I’m happy with how it looks and the feel of the yarn. I did add a steek in the body, this meant some frogging, but the sweater felt so warm that I decided I would get more wear out of it as a cardigan. I’m hoping to put a zipper in it.
Free Lopi Sweater Pattern Links

My free lopi sweater pattern (link)
A variety of free lopi patterns from Istex (link)
Berroco blog suggestions for a sweater (link) free and pay patterns
More patterns (link)
My ravelry queue has exploded!
The Berroco KAL has all kinds of helpful posts to help anyone knit a Lopi sweater, they have made it so easy and a great learning tool.

Knitting a sweater that is customized to your body shape and needs will make a difference between an OK sweater and a sweater that you love. I recommend using a well loved sweater for measurements (taking these flat are so much easier and takes the guess work out of amount of ease you like included). It is not hard to shape the waist, fit the hips and make some short rows across the back to make your sweater fit you and complement your shape. Once you read these tricks and start adding them to your knitting patterns you will understand why some patterns looked good on you and some didn't.

I’ll link to some helpful blog posts that can be used for any sweater.
Some of these are from the Berroco blog, and some from other KAL knitters that have shared helpful links along the way.
I’ll add more as they come.
Getting ready to knit a sweater from the bottom up (link)
Sweater modification, pullover to cardigan (link)
Upsizing a pattern (in the round) (link)
Tips when casting on a large number of stitches (link)
Adding waist shaping (link)
German short rows (video link) a nearly invisible method, for the neck back.
Knitting with a Norwegian knitting thimble (link),
My favorite fair isle knitting techniques by averypinkknit (video link) (this one really helped me with my tension &      
     carrying the two strands of yarn!
Understanding ease in patterns (link)
Adding a steek to a sweater (link)
Picking up steek stitches (crochet method) (link)
My husband bought me several magazines with patterns & articles on lopi sweaters.
They all have beautiful patterns in them,
The Vogue knitting Winter 17/18 has the best articles on bottom up and top down sweaters. Covering fit and techniques. I would highly recommend that one, (pictured far right)
The Interweave Knits winter 18 has the prettiest patterns, (pictured middle) The one of the front I love!
Happy knitting & hope your staying warm & enjoying the winter!
May your knitting needles fly as fast as Dragonflies!


Five Years Knitting

I started this sweater in the fall of 2012. I’m sure some of you have projects like this. Not disliked enough to frog,  but can’t get going enough to finish them.
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I got this sweater out repeatedly and counted and looked and deduced where I was in the pattern & usually knit another inch or so and then it went back to sleep in my bag.
I finally decided to finish it or frog it. I gave myself permission to finish it and it was ok if it wasn’t perfect or even fit me. Sometimes I just need to jump in and create, I tend to be a perfectionist and that can leave me to think way too much and stop the creative process.
This is a top down knitted sweater, I love knitting in one piece in the round, this is only the 2nd sweater I’ve knitted from the top down. I’ve done numerous bottom up in the round sweaters and didn’t think I would like top down. Well I love it. It is so easy to try on as you go and keep an eye on the fit.
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I modified this pattern quite a bit in the years. There is some waist shaping, short rows at the  back of the neck. I also made the sleeves fairly straight with a slight roll hem. The biggest change was the collar. The original pattern didn’t have one & the v neck was huge on me. So decided I would fill it in by picking up stitches all along the neck line, starting at the middle front, and working back and forth (so the middle front would overlap).I incorporated short rows from the collar bone area until I was happy with the width of the collar around the neck area.
jan 2017 105Jodi approved
The original pattern was the Zuma Tunic by Wendy Bernard. I would like to make it again, but out of cotton to use as a bathing suit/beach cover up. I like her books as she give so many options for her patterns, tweaks for the neck/hood etc.…
May you knitting needles fly as fast as dragonflies…..