Penny Straker: “Mom created Song of Norway Pullover, after designing the original- the cardigan - of what grew into a trilogy when it included a child’s cardigan. In the late ‘70s, I had spent a few years of knitting time indulging in and experimenting with the amazing slipstitch patterns. Mom, too, then got caught up with their beauty, versatility and the opportunity to work with several colors in one piece without carrying yarn behind every stitch! Slipstitch knitting is addictive…
“The cardigan was instantly popular and it’s success caused Mom and I to ponder. If one were to design a pullover with just a little tweaking, we would have a timelessly proportioned classic and versatile pullover, one appropriate for both men and women! And so Song of Norway Pullover came off of Mom’s needles soon thereafter.
“The low, well-rounded crewneck is becoming to all - the operative word is ‘low’. Crew necks, to my liking, must be low – low enough to reveal the grace of the neckline and to allow for layering. The set-in-sleeve is impeccably tailored with a nicely proportioned repeat of the lightly textured Nordic Stripe just above the cuffs.
“The only update to consider is to add more ease into the back and front ribbed cuffs. Here we go: If your knitting tension is average to firm, cast on using one size larger needle than required in the directions and cast on the stitch count, which you increase to on the last ribbing row in the directions. Work the ribbing as P1, K1, ending right-side rows with P1. This is good, as when assembling there is a P1 at each edge. Sewn together, the two P1s look like one P1 and help keep the seam less visible. If you need even more ease, then cast on more stitches, always to an uneven count, but remember to decrease all on the first Pattern row to the required stitch count and keep your tension firm!
“Choose the main color first, keeping in mind your eye color and skin tone; then think about subtle color ways versus bold color ways. Then it’s time to choose the hues to complement your main color. With the B&W image you are on your own so pull out colors that attract you and work with your main color. Eliminate and add colors until your palette is just right.
“Main colors can be neutral – a light silver gray heather or a dark gray, for example – or your favorite color which will invariably work well with the mainstays in your wardrobe. But always think about light, medium and dark shades, for even in a subtle color way, there must be some tonal distinctions.”
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