Materials Yarn: Worsted | Brooklyn Tweed Shelter | American Targhee-Columbia Wool | 140 yards (128 m) per 1.75 o z(50-g) skein Main Color (MC): Sweatshirt | 6 (7, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) skeins [812 (901, 970, 1050, 1218, 1320, 1450, 1610) yards] / [742 (832, 886, 960, 1113, 1207, 1325, 1472) m] Contrasting Color (CC): Fossil | 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3) skeins [234 (252, 270, 288, 306, 324, 342, 360) yards] / [213 (230, 246, 263, 280, 296, 312, 329) m] Needles: One 24-inch (60 mm) for yoke and one 32-inch (80-cm) or 40-inch (100-cm) circular needle for the body and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs), FlexiFlips, or a 16-inch (40-cm) circular needle for the beginning of the yoke and sleeves in size needed to obtain gauge in colorwork and single color. Suggested needle size: US 9 (5.5 mm) One 16-inch (40 cm) and one 24-inch (60 cm) circular needle one size smaller than gauge-size needle and one set of DPNs to use for the ribbing neckband, cuffs and hem. Suggested needle size: US 8 (5 mm) Additional materials: Stitch marker, measuring tape, and tapestry needle.
Gauge and Swatch 16 stitches and 20 rounds = 4 inches (10 cm) Please swatch in the round to determine needle size. *Note: Swatch in both single 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.
If you would need an adult size that is not listed above, please contact me and I can help you with that.
Introduction Maja is the perfect cozy weekend sweater. Whether it’s your first sweater or your hundredth, it’s a fun and rewarding knit. Originally from chapter two of my book The Nordic Knitting Primer, this version of Maja was rewritten for top-down knitting. The extra-deep Icelandic yoke draws on iconic X and O Setesdal motifs to create a whimsical blend of Norwegian and Icelandic knitting traditions that is both classic and timeless. I hope you will be wearing it many years from now.
Skills Used to make Maja
Long-tail cast on Backward loop increases Knitting Purling 1x1 rib Stranded colorwork knitting Chart reading skills Catching floats on two rows DPN/Flexiflip or other small circumference skill. Knitting in the round 1x1 rib worked flat
This is a great first colorwork sweater! Jump in to colorwork with Maja! The bottom up version of Maja is in The Nordic Knitting Primer.