On My Needles – Strokkur by Ysolda Teague


Happily I can report that I’m thoroughly enjoying my knitting once again.

I’m sure I’m not alone when it comes to experiencing the odd knitting slump?  Almost everyone I know, seems to go through something similar every so often and I wonder if it’s as a result of social media?  Looking at all the lovely photos on Instagram and Pinterest can serve as a great form of inspiration, but I think there might also be an element of over exposure there too.

What ever the reason, I have fallen in love with my needles once again and now I just want to knit all the things.


As we’re busy getting ready for the next issue of Olann and, I have several different ‘magazine’ projects on the go, including lots of lovely swatches.  I also have my obligatory pair of socks and some Christmas gifts that I’m currently working on, stashed about the place in project bags.  My latest large project is the Strokkur sweater designed by Ysolda Teague.

It’s a pretty standard jumper, knitted in one piece from the bottom up.  Knitting the body first, you join the sleeves (knitted separately) and then work the yoke, before casting off.  Unlike the more traditional Icelandic colourwork jumpers, there’s a little bit of waist shaping to make it more flattering, .  As you can see, Ysolda has only used two additional colours for the colourwork and this is where ‘m getting a little stuck.

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In my head, I’d decided it would be great to do a combination of two of these shades and I was leaning more towards the grass green and the ivory.  Unfortuantely, the New Zealand yarn is a little too thick.

The pattern calls for an aran weight yarn, so they should technically work, except I’m stashbusting and the Balmoral yarn I’m using is actually a double knit yarn.  It’s a heavy weight dk and I seem to be getting near to guage, but the lovely green will just sit funny.

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So I went digging through some of my stash and I couldn’t find anything in a similar green.  Instead I found these lovelies.  In truth, I found more and narrowed it down to these five, but that’s as far as I’ve got.  So I’d be grateful of a little help, particularly as I don’t really wear grey.

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Too much like Christmas?

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I like the strong contrast between the colours here, but that ivory is very stark?

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Is this still too much like Christmas?

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More my colours, but I’m not sure if there’s a big enough contrast between the blue and the aqua?

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I like this one, it’s softer than I’d usually go for, but again, I’m not sure that the contrast is as bold as it needs to be?

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My preferred version at the moment, but it would be wouldn’t it and maybe that’s why I should try one of the others.  What do you think?

I also discovered a maroon, a rose pink and a mustard while I was digging through my stash of Wendy Merino DK.  Maybe I should go completely out of my comfort zone and opt for a completely different colour combination?

All advice, is very much appreciated.

Happy Making.

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