Navia Knitalong: Swatches and colors

Despite a bit of snow that surprised every meteorologist in the tri state area, we all managed to do a little bit of swatching in preparation for the Navia knitalong beginning today.

Kate’s Swatch:
I took the “quick and dirty” approach to my swatch, mainly using is as an opportunity to test my color selection. (And even with that, I still veered away from my initial MC/CC assignment!)

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As I feared, I’m not 100% sold on my colors. Surprisingly, it isn’t the green that I now want to reevaluate, though, it is the black. The black is a very gorgeous “true” black, with no heathered tones, and against the other shades it looks just so….dark. I’m now considering switching out the black for light brown, and using the green either as the main color (body), or one of the secondary main colors. This means more swatching (and actually paying closer attention to gauge!), which I’m happy to do in the coming days.

Courtney’s Swatch:

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Courtney’s swatch was quite successful. Knit on the recommended needle, the US 9 (5.5 mm), her unblocked gauge (shown here) is a little loose, but she has plans to wash the sweater in the machine (on the wool cycle) for a final gauge check, as that is how she plans on treating her finished sweater. She’s feeling good about her colors, and once she confirms her gauge, she’ll be well on her way!

Meghan’s Swatch:

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Meghan’s swatch, on US 8 (5 mm) needles, is a little small, so she needs to go up a size to the recommended 9 (5.5 mm) and try again. Other than that, she’s happy with her (unique to her) color choices!

Garment Size and Modification Plans:
We spent some time this morning in the office trying on the sample Troyggja Við Mynstur from Kris at Navia in order to pick our size. The pattern (now expanded) comes in 35.25 (38.5, 41.5, 46.5, 49.5, 52.75, 56)”, and the sample we have is the second size, the 38.5”. In addition to having the Navia sample, Courtney also recently finished her Sweater With Stars. She knit the 41.5”, so it was incredibly helpful to try that one on as well!

The three of us are shaped quite differently, and even though the 38.5” technically fits, we’ve all decided to knit the third size, the 41.5”. Meghan, the most busty of the three of us, found the 38.5” to be too tight in the yoke and needed more balance in the proportions of the sweater. Courtney isn’t as busty, but she and Meghan often wear the same size, so she, too, needed a little more ease. I am the least busty of the three, but also found the 38.5” to not have enough ease for the fit I am going for. I do worry, though, that the arms will be too baggy, so I am going to knit the 35.5” or 38.5” arms and the 41.5” bust. All three of us plan to shorten both the body and sleeves by at least 3”, and I am definitely going to add short row shaping to raise the back neck.

Its worth noting, too, that while it was fortuitous that we had both samples at our fingertips, we still could have made an informed decision about sizing by looking in our closets and finding sweaters with similar construction and sizing to give us an idea of what the fit would be - so don’t think this is a special option that only we have!

Next week, we’ll talk a little bit more in depth about working with Navia Tradition, and some of the unique properties of the yarn that make it both so warm and light. And, we’ll see what the washing machine did to Courtney’s swatch!

We’d love to see your progress in the knitalong if you choose to participate, so don’t forget to follow us on Instagram at KelbourneWoolens, Navia at NaviaFaroeIslands, and use the hashtags #KWNaviaKAL and #kelbournewoolens.

Navia Knitalong: Free Pattern and Plans

It is time to get excited for the Navia Knitalong! As I mentioned in the post last week, the design, Troyggja Við Mynstur (Sweater with Round Pattern) is a free pattern by Tóra Joensen from Navia Book 25. Originally only available in Danish, I translated the pattern into English and added additional sizing to cover a broader range.

Download the Free Pattern here!

In preparation for the knitalong, Courtney, Meghan, and I laid out the Navia Tradition to pick colors for our sweaters. We’ll be swatching over the course of the week and sharing our swatches - and a few tips for working with the Tradition - later in the week. Our choices are below!

Courtney’s Christmas Sweater

Navia Knitalong Courntey's Colors

Not one to shy away from the potential for making a holiday themed sweater, Courtney went all out with her Christmas inspired colors. Using white (901) as her main color, black (907) will be the contrast color at the cuffs and hem, and the brighter green (908) and red (916) will serve as contrasts. Although she’s going with a theme that can sometimes be a little kitschy, the subtle use of red and traditional design will ensure this will be gorgeous and really classic.

Meghan’s Classic with a Twist

Navia Knitalong Meghan's Colors

Meghan is our “pink and orange” woman in the office, so for this sweater she wanted to step out of her comfort zone and explore some blue! She stayed true to three of the original colors in the design, white (901), dark brown (906), and light brown (905), but replaced the mid grey with a really beautiful denim blue (939). She was a little surprised when I showed her the mock up of the yoke chart with her colors in it, (so much blue), so we’ll see after some good swatching if she stays true to this plan and ends up with the subtle stunner she is hoping for!

Kate’s Dark Earth

Navia Knitalong Kates's Colors

I loved the idea of switching the colors up a bit, so I’m using black (907) for my main color instead of the white (901). I have been really into green lately, so I wanted to incorporate the darker grass green (913) in as well. The white Meghan and Courtney are using seemed too harsh against the other colors, so I opted for light grey (902), and a small bit of dark brown (906) for the yoke. My only concern is that the colors are veering more on the side of “Eagle’s Pride” (which I definitely do not want), and less on the side of “lovely moody earth tones” (which I really do want), so swatching is vital to determine if this will be the case.

Stay tuned later in the week when we share our swatches, and let you know if our plans seem to be working out!

We’d love to see your progress in the knitalong if you choose to participate, so don’t forget to follow us on Instagram at KelbourneWoolens, Navia at NaviaFaroeIslands, and use the hashtags #KWNaviaKAL and #kelbournewoolens

Announcing the Navia knitalong!

As I mentioned in my previous post on Navia, we’re hosting a casual knitalong using the Troyggja Við Mynstur (Sweater with Round Pattern) from Navia Book 25! The knit along will officially begin next Friday, November 16th, and last for two months, ending on Courtney’s birthday, January 14th.

 Troyggja Við Mynstur (Sweater with Round Pattern)

Troyggja Við Mynstur (Sweater with Round Pattern)

I have translated the pattern into English and expanded the size range to fit busts 35-56” circumference. Originally designed as a man’s garment, the sweater easily fits all genders/body types, and the bottom up yoke shaping lends itself well to modifications.

The Troyggja Við Mynstur (Sweater with Round Pattern) will be a FREE pattern, available here on Monday, November 12th.

We’ll mainly be posting progress shots on Instagram (@KelbourneWoolens) and sharing any relevant information and tutorials here along the way as well.

The pattern calls for Navia Tradition, a traditional 100% Faroese wool. Tradition is a rustic, heard wearing, and warm wool perfect for use as a light outerwear layer.


Pattern Specifications
Navia Tradition (100% Faroese wool; 197 yd [180 m]/100 gm ball):
white #901(MC), 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6) balls;
dark brown 906 (CC1), 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3) balls;
mid grey 903 (CC2), 1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2) ball(s);
light brown 905 (CC3), 1 ball.
15 sts and 22 rnds = 4" in St st on larger needle;
15 sts and 18 rnds = 4" in charted patt on larger needle.
35.25 (38.5, 41.5, 46.5, 49.5, 52.75, 56)" circumference at underarm. Sweater is designed to be worn with 4-6” positive ease.
1 - US 7 (4.5 mm): 16" and 24"–40" circular.
1 - set US 7 (4.5 mm) DPNs.
1 - US 9 (5.5 mm): 24"–40" circular.
1 - set US 9 (5.5 mm) DPNs.
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Marker (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle.
Skills Knitting, purling, stranded colorwork, decreasing within pattern.

Where to Buy Navia
We’re delighted to share a few of the shops that have already jumped on the Faroese wool bandwagon! If you’re looking to participate in the KAL using the recommended yarn, Navia Tradition, ask for it from one of our amazing stockists listed below:
Fancy Tiger Crafts, CO
Little Knits, OR
Tolt Yarn and Wool, WA
Urban Yarns, Vancouver
Webs, MA

Or ask for it at your favorite LYS and tell them to give us a call!

Next up in the KAL:
I’ll share the FREE PDF with you, and let you know which colors Courtney, Meghan, and I picked for our sweaters!