Well, what started out as Sweater 11, just a little break from knitting Sweater 10 (a Celtic style aran for my husband) quickly took over my entire life. The Ishav is a beautiful Norwegian inspired sweater designed by Maria Strikker. I stumbled upon on it a few months ago and made a mental note not to skip it.

It wasn’t uicelandicsweaterinspontil I was cruising through my Pinterest (a platform I long ago abandoned) when I found a photo I had “pinned” years ago. Way before I ever would have dreamt about knitting a sweater like it, I was subconsciously planning for this day.

Although I love the shape and form of Maria’s Ishav, I know myself well enough to know I would never wear a bell-shaped sweater. I would let it sit in my closet collecting dust even though I loved it. So I decided to take her yoke and build a sweater to replicate my dreams of the past.

So here are the modifications I made::  (hold onto your butts, there are a lot!)

1.       Firstly I used Sport weight yarn. This was a less intentional mod, but more because I was able to find the exact colors I wanted with the Cascade Sport 220 (and it was super on sale through yarn.com)

2.       I adjusted the cast-on stitches. I started out with the same gauge as the pattern called for, however when I cast-on for the smallest size the neck was huuuuuuuge. I frogged and decided to take the stitches down to 86sts. I worked the increases and short rows as written.


3.       When it came time to divide for the sleeves I placed 4 pattern repeats on hold for each of them and was left with 6 repeats for the front and 6 for the back.

4.       I added waist shaping by decreasing every 4 rows, 6 times. Then increasing every 4 rows 4 times.

5.       I ribbed the bottom but added about ¼” of white at the very end before casting off the body.

6.       For the neck I worked in 1×1 rib for about 1 ¾” then folded over.

7.       I decreased the sleeves to make them more tapered, decreasing every 5 rows 4 times, then every 9 rows twice.

8.       I added color work detail for the sleeves, this idea mostly came from the long-forgotten photo from Pinterest. I also made a folded cuff for the end of the sleeve.






The result is a sweater that I love love love. I’ll be wearing this throughout fall and winter. This has been my first top-down yoke sweater of the year and as predicted I loved it more than working the yoke bottom up. Working top down made it so easy for me to add the shaping because I could try the sweater on as I worked. Top down remains my favorite sweater construction. Making this sweater has made me feel I’d like to add more sport and fingering weight sweaters to my personal sweater collection as well.

You can see more details on my Ravelry project page for my Ishav.

A Year of the Sweater Update::

Sweater # 9 is an original cardigan design that will be released later this month. I have finished the body and started the sleeves on Sweater #11, and later today I will cast on Sweater #12, Big Sister Cardigan by Kate Oates.

I am thinking it would be possible to make a baker’s dozen this year (or more). Right now I have my eyes on Maeve by Carrie Bostick Hoge, Trooper by Christelle Nihoul and I’m also still considering knitting myself a Rocquaine.