I knew I had to knit Svalbard as soon as I saw pattern and the color migration #2 Rosette Nebula by CY screamed to be turned into it. So I did it!
The pattern is by Bristol Ivy for Brooklyn Tweed Wool People vol. 6. The construction of the cardigan is very clever and once you understand how the increases and the cartridge rib work, it’s fairly intuitive as well. The instructions thought gave me a headache every time I read them – you have to pay a lot of attention otherwise you risk to have to go back and knit the same bit again and again, as I did a couple of times. Also there are few errors in the text: the set up row for the size I followed (45 3/4″) is wrong, just knit the cartridge pattern as established and everything will be fine. The number of stitches to pick up at the underarm was also wrong, but it has been already revised and updated by BT.
I love how the increases form a heart at the center back neck and at the underarms. I very lovely detail! At the beginning I wanted to knit long sleeves but once I tried the cardigan on I decided to follow the pattern and go for 3/4 length and I’m very happy to have done so. The open front and the longer back are balanced by the sleeves and I think making them longer would have change the look of the cardigan too much.
I’ve used 4.7 skeins of Traveller. The last skein was from another dye lot and a bit bluer and darker than the other four, but I don’t mind the difference in color as they state the origin of hand dyed yarns, which I love.
And finally I’ve been able to use my new label-button! What do you think? All I can think it’s Oh yeah!
Lastly, let me impress you with a very “diva with sunnies” pic so you can have a look at the colors in plain daylight. They are truly gorgeous.
Update: Brooklyn Tweed has revised again the pattern and now the instructions should be error- free!