Solveig was inspired by Solveig’s Song in Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite. Solveig was the heroine of the tale. While Peer Gynt was away from home, traveling the world, Solveig was at home, waiting for him to return, having faith that one day they would be together. This is a poetic translation of the song from Norwegian to English
The winter may pass and the spring disappear The Spring disappear But this I know for certain, you’ll come back again You’ll come back again And even as I promised you’ll find me waiting then You’ll find me waiting then God help you when wandering your way all alone Your way all alone God grant to you his strength as you’ll kneel at his throne As you’ll kneel at his throne If you are in heaven now waiting for me In heaven for me And we shall meet again love and never parted be And never parted be!
The Selbu star in my Solveig Cardigan represents the winter and the embroidered flowers represent the spring and summer. Together they represent love lasting through every season. You can see me talk about my Solveig Cardigan in the Knitters of the World portion of the Fruity Knitting Podcast 92.
Solving is knit in the round, bottom-up, with colorwork from bottom to top. There is a hem knit with the contrasting color at the bottom of the sweater and for the cuffs. There’s a square neckline, and after all the knitting is completed, flowers are embroidered on the hem, cuffs and neckband. There is one steek for the cardigan and 2 steeks for the armholes. The neckband has mitered corners.
I've loved wearing this sweater. There are also instructions for a cropped version.
Sizes XS (S, M, M2, L, L2, XL, XXL) Finished measurements Chest 34 ½ (37, 40, 43, 46 ½, 50, 51 ½, 55½) I Finished body length 21 3/4 (23 1/4 25, 24 1/4 26, 25, 27,28 3/4) Neck Depth: 5 1/2 inches Yarn Raumagarn Finullgarn Contrasting Color: Brown 411 -350, 250 (250, 250, 300,300,300, 350, 350)g Main Color: White 401-200(200,200,250250,250,350,350,350) g Yarn for Embroidery Jamieson Spindrift in Sky, Scotch Broom, and Paprika Needles 32-circular needles and double-point needles to obtain gauge and one size smaller for hem, cuff and neckband Notions Darning needle Embroidery needle 7 (8,8,8,8,9,9,9) Norwegian clasps Gauge and Swatch Due to the complexity of the pattern, there are different gauges depending on the size of your sweater. Please note the gauge that applies to your size! 24 stitches and 24 rows=4 inches or 10 cm on larger needles for sizes M1, and L2 26 stitches and 26 rows=4 inches or 10 cm on larger needles for sizes S, L1, and XXL 28 stitches and 28 rows=4 inches or 10 cm on larger needles for sizes XS, M2, and XL Skills Used Knit Purl Chart reading Knitting in Colorwork Purling in Colorwork 3 Steeks (setting up and cutting) Make 1 left leaning Make 1 right leaning k2tog ssk Increasing stitches in colorwork Embroidery Lazy daisy stitch Straight stitch French knot Pick up and knit stitches Bind off Hand sewing Sewing on clasps