Knitwear Designer//Pattern Drafter//Author//Teacher

Fall's Freya

It's been ages since I've released a self-published pattern and this is one that's been queued up since the onset of summer.  I knew little Freya would be the perfect autumn sweater and so she has sat, waiting for the leaves to turn and the skies to grey.

Normally I don't have a whole lot to say about my designs and writing up those intros for patterns is downright painful, but I'm feeling surprisingly chatty about this one.  FIrst, the yarn I used for my sample is the beautiful, kind, and generous Lisa's of Northbound Knitting.  Specifically, the MCN DK and was a joy to knit with as I had expected it to be.  Lisa's yarn has yet to disappoint and I feel truly blessed to have someone like her in the industry.

The construction of the sweater was something I had fiddled with for a while because I wanted to work up a cardigan with a delicate circular yoke that would add some interest and air to an otherwise heavy piece.  Once I went from pencil and paper to needles and yarn it all came tumbling into place.  I was love-struck.  Once that small detail was buttoned up, everything else in all it's simplicity seemed a little more special.  

The front band is worked in mosaic knitting from picked up stitches along the front edges - it's the most fun and simple way to incorporate colorwork into your knitting.  If you've never encountered mosaic before, there are plenty of great resources online.  Here is a blanket from The Purl Bee that has a similar diamond pattern and detailed instructions.

Finally, Freya has optional pockets that are knit in the round from held body stitches.There are fully written instructions in the pattern, however I thought it might be useful to include a few step-by-step snapshots of the pocket construction.    

Beginning at the top left corner: This is the first round knit in the contrasting color after removing the scrap yarn that held the opening stitches (knit into the fabric of the body).  Top right corner: After working a few rounds even in Stockinette st and showing the bottom edge purl ridge.  This will aid in keeping the pocket folded in place when it's tucked into the sweater.  Bottom left corner: Showing the top edge or reverse of the previous picture.  Bottom right corner:  After completing the pocket by grafting the bottom closed, the piece is simply tucked into the sweater.

I get more wear out of this piece than any other in my collection and I hope all the information I've provided here has been useful so that if you choose to knit up a Freya of your own, it will be as pleasurable to knit as it is to wear.

Pattern is available on Ravelry HERE and includes written pattern instructions, fully charted mosaic pattern for front bands, and detailed drawing and schematic. 

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