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Designed by Ragnhild Vaaland for Loop 2018
These are the the four colours of the original kits made for you to fit the small/medium and medium/large sizes. These use the Isager Japansk Cotton with the Ito Sensai Silk Mohair.
Either kit has enough yarn to make the blink sweater.
We have new Isager Blink Kits for you that are very wonderful too! These use Isager Japansk Cotton with Isager Silk Mohair and come in one smaller size as well.
The printed pattern is available at Loop and on Ravelry as a PDF.
This is a slightly cropped, very thin, lightweight sweater that is perfect for layering. It's also a super easy garter stitch knit!
Ragnhild and her husband Atlas have been regular visitors to Loop for many years now. They come from far away in Norway a few times a year and it is always a happy thing when I see them walk into the shop. They both exude warmth, charm and style.
Last Autumn they came by the shop and Ragnhild was wearing a sweater that I immediately flipped over. It had beautiful texture, seemed almost gossamer lightweight which was perfect for layering, and had a great super simple, almost Japanese-like shaping to it. I was immediately smitten.
When Ragnhild told me that she had made it up and had never written a pattern before , I started having thoughts that we could bring this pattern to life with her. When they left the shop two different customers came up to me and asked me what pattern her sweater was. That was it. I had to find a way to have this become a pattern for us to knit as I knew so many would love it like I did. With huge help from Juju Vail and many sample/test knitters we have done it. Ragnhild is super excited to have her first pattern in print, knit in yarns that are close to her heart.
She loves to play with mixing two yarns together to see the different colours and textures you can create.
We at Loop are so thrilled to help bring her ideas to life in this gorgeous pattern so you can start knitting and wearing it too!
Each kit comes with 4 balls of Isager Japansk Cotton and 5 balls of Ito Sensai silk and mohair. There is also a small ball of Lang Jawoll 4 ply to use for the pockets. It comes in a lovely Loop cotton shopper bag to keep as a project bag with a printed version of the pattern.
The single pattern will be available on March 30th.
Isager Japansk Cotton (Laceweight; 100% cotton; 315m / 344yds per 50g ball) x 4 (4) balls
ITO Sensai (Laceweight; 60% mohair 40% silk; 240m / 262yds per 20g ball) x 5 (5) balls
(for pockets): Lang Jawoll (4ply / fingering weight; 75% wool, 25% nylon; 190m / 207yds per 50g ball) x 1 (1) ball
Kit Colour versions available:
YARN A: Colour 59 YARN B: Bordeaux 312 YARN C: Burgundy 84
Pink Pop Version
YARN A: White 1 YARN B: Azalea 308 YARN C: Zingy Pink 184
Blackberry Version (Now sold out)
YARN A: Grey 47 YARN B: Prune 314 YARN C: Dark Violet 280
Duck Egg Blue Version (Now sold out)
YARN A: Pale Blue 10 YARN B: Aqua 325 YARN C: Bird’s Egg 372
NEEDLES & NOTIONS
4.5mm (UK 7 / US 7) circular needle, 100cm / 40in length
4.5mm (UK 7 / US 7) suitable for working small circumferences in the round for the pockets.
Smooth 4ply / fingering weight scrap yarn for afterthought pocket markers
Note: Blink is worked flat in rows but we recommend a circular needle due to the volume of stitches. Check your gauge as you might have to go down a needle size.
18 sts and 32 rows to 10cm (4in) over garter stitch on 4.5mm needle after blocking.
Always use a needle size that will result in the correct gauge after blocking – it is crucial you achieve the correct stitch and row tension for this pattern to match the dimensions.
Blink is worked flat in one piece from the bottom edge of the front to the bottom edge of the back. Stitches are cast on for the sleeves and then decreased to the shoulder using short rows. The neck opening is created by casting off stitches, then casting them on again. The shoulder/ sleeve stitches are picked up from the short rows and the sweater back is completed. The pockets are formed using the afterthought method.
Blink is worked in garter stitch throughout with the pockets in stocking stitch and a slipped stitch edging pattern for the cardigan.