Navia Knitalong: Updates and Progress

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Did you hear that? That was the sound of the last three weeks flying by! We’re still excitedly plugging away at the knit along, though, and wanted to share our progress with you.

Kate:
Real talk, you guys. Between illnesses that never seemed to end, deadline knitting that I just shipped off, and a super secret gift I’ve been working on, I haven’t had a lot of time for my knitalong sweater! I did, though, manage to knit two swatches while sick in bed a week or so ago.

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One was useful in that it was to check gauge and to experiment with washing the swatch in my machine, and the other was useful in that it showed me a color option that very much did not work. I absolutely love the hand of the fabric once it was washed, but my stockinette gauge is too loose (14 stitches to 4” as opposed to the recommended 15”) on US 9 needles, so for my next swatch I’m going to see what happens on US 8 needles.

As I mentioned in the last post, despite black being one of my favorite colors, I wasn’t sold on my original choice. I then went with the below option, thinking the four colors looked great together - which they do! - but, as you can see in my swatch, the light brown and mid grey just do not work well together in the stranded colorwork pattern.

So now, I’m going to try a third option, going back to my original colors, but switching up the order a bit.

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I’m leaning towards the all natural (which will put the green as a contrast only used in the yoke), but I’ve been so determined to make it work in the body and hems that I want to try some alternate options with the green as well. Decisions, decisions! Crossing fingers once I get through these last few swatches, I’ll finally settle on a color combo and can actually start knitting soon!

Meghan:
I am loving knitting this sweater. I had been convinced all these years that I “just can’t do colorwork” and was super frustrated every time I tried and made something that ended up too tight to wear. However, with the encouragement of Kate and Courtney, I sat down and knit not one, but two stranded colorwork hats using Navia Duo (which I LOVE) and they came out great. So I decided to leap right into a traditional Faroese stranded yoke sweater which uses 3 colors in a row in some places!

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I am really pleased with my sweater so far and a few days ago I moved into the single color portion of the body. Using size 9 needles, this part of the sweater is practically knitting itself. I even went to see White Christmas in the theater last night and knit the whole time! At this rate, I’ll be at the yoke in no time.

Courtney:
This has been my sweater for when I just can’t knit on my deadline sweater anymore. I am a two-timing knitter, it is true. But, I am super happy with my Christmas-y color choices and am still absolutely convinced that I will be knitting the yoke during our family’s Christmas Eve festivities (the dreaded deadline sweater is due on December 19).

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I am using a size 9 needle for the body, and I machine washed my swatch, which is how I plan to treat my finished garment as well. You may notice on all of our sweaters that the knitting looks a bit loose and not at all how we are used to seeing a “good” knit fabric look. That is just the nature of this Faroese yarn! Tradition is meant to be knit a bit on the loose end, and once washed it blooms delightfully! According to Navia, most Faroese knitters machine wash their sweaters on the wool cycle, which allows for even more bloom. I think it works like a charm, and I’m not sad at all to let my front-loader do my work for me.


And that’s it! Hopefully next update Kate will actually be knitting her sweater and Meghan and Courtney will be done with their bodies and well into the sleeves.

A Giveaway for the Bohéme Christmas Hat!

Just in time for the holidays, we have teamed up with Randi Hjelm Debes of Faroe Knit to offer a giveaway for her Bohéme Christmas Hat featuring Navia Duo yarn.

Last week I happened upon the Bohéme Christmas Hat on Instagram, and immediately set about writing a blog post about the design, and Randi’s other traditional Faroese knitting patterns (and gorgeous hand knit ready-to-wear!).

This adorable stocking cap using Navia Duo in classic red and white. Duo yarn is a 2-ply unique blend of Faroese, Shetland, and Australian lambswool in a DK weight. It’s a practical yarn with a soft touch, perfect for the little elf in your life! The pattern is designed for 1-2 year (baby/toddler), 4-5 year (child small), 7-8 year (child medium), and 10-12 year (child large), and adult small.

The pattern is available as a PDF download from Faroe Knit in English and Danish. If you don’t like to play the odds, just click here to purchase a PDF of the pattern! You can also find Navia Duo yarn from Webs in Northampton, MA; Elegant Ewe in Concord, NH; and Handknit Yarn Studio in Hamilton, Ontario. Interested in becoming a North American Navia stockist? Visit our inquiry page.

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The kits we’re offering as a giveaway features two skeins of red and one skein of white Navia Duo, courtesy of Kelbourne Woolens, as well as an English language copy of the Bohéme Christmas Hat pattern in pdf form, courtesy of Faroe Knit. You will have enough yarn to knit the 1-2 year old size, or the 4-5 year old size.

Visit Kelbourne Woolens on Instagram to enter! To enter, like us on Instagram, like our giveaway post, and tag a friend before 5 pm EST on Saturday December 8th. We will contact the three winners via Instagram direct message.

Good luck, and keep knitting! Winter is coming!