Aunt Dag is a family legend. Dagna Alvilda Marie Olsen was my Great Grandpa Olsen’s sister who immigrated alone to Utah from Norway in 1898 at the age of 12 (her family would come later). Dag was born in Ullensaker, Norway, in 1886.
Her mother was an early European member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The family decided to immigrate to America, but financially, it took years to accomplish. They had to send their children one at a time to stay with family in Minnesota. Imagine the courage, to get on a boat with acquaintances at age 12 and leave your home, country and family behind. That’s what Dagna did. By 1902 the entire family would be reunited in Minnesota and eventually Cache Valley, Utah.
Most of what I know of Dagna comes from tales I heard from my grandma and my Aunt Flossie, and one unforgettable photo I saw of Aunt Dag in early 20th century ski gear. How I wish I had that photo. Dag had the look of a consummate Scandinavian tomboy. These were the pre-ski-lift days of lace-up boots, free heels, and bamboo poles, when everyone had to “earn their turns” by hiking up a hill to ski down. Aunt Dag skied to school in Norway and she could out-ski the boys in Utah. I designed this sweater for Aunt Dagna. It’s traditional, yet modern, just like she was.
The other family tale of Aunt Dag was her famous raisin cake. She made this cake every Sunday to share at family get-togethers. I’ve included the recipe for Aunt Dag’s cake in the pattern. You are going to love it!
This cardigan is a super quick knit. It has bottom-up construction, knit in the round with a steek and a colorwork yoke. It also has my favorite button band.
Sizes 1, 2, 3 (pictured), 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 XXS (XX, S, M, ML, L 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X, 6X) Finished Measurements Chest: 30 (32½, 35, 37½, 40, 41¾, 44½, 48, 50¾, 52¾, 55½, 58½ ) inches Sleeve length: 17½ (17½, 18, 18½, 19, 19, 20, 20, 20, 21, 21, 21) inches Body length: 14 (15, 15½, 15¾, 16, 17, 18, 18, 19, 19, 20, 20) inches Yoke: 8 (8¼, 8½, 8½, 8½, 8¾, 9, 9¼, 9½, 10¼, 10½, 11½) inches Yarn Quince and Company Lark Main color: Honey 350 (350, 400, 450, 450, 500, 550, 600, 650, 700, 750, 800) grams. Contrasting color: White 50 (50, 50, 50, 50, 100, 100, 100, 100, 100, 150, 150) grams. Needles U.S. Size 3 (3.25 mm) and 4 (3.5 mm) 32-inch circular needles. U.S. size 3 (3.25 mm) double-pointed needles. Size 4 (3.5) 16-inch circular needle (or size needed to obtain gauge) Notions Darning needle 7 3/4-inch Buttons Gauge and Swatch 20 stitches = 4 inches or 10 cm on larger needles. Please swatch in the round to determine needle size. Note: Swatch in both one color and in colorwork. You may need to knit the single-color part of the sweater with a smaller needle than the colorwork section. The gauge is the same throughout the sweater. Skills Used Long-tail cast on Knitting Purling 1x1 rib knit flat and in the round Backward loop cast on Joining in the round Steek securing and cutting Buttonholes Colorwork in the round DPN Skills Backward loop increase k2tog ssk Whip stitch Mattress stitch