Nordiska by Caitlin Hunter
Nordiska is a modern take on a classic Scandinavian style. I was inspired by traditional motifs from Norwegian Marius sweaters, reimagined in a loose, drapey fabric and updated silhouette. The sweater fits with an oversized, cropped fit, high, modest V neck and deep armholes. You can easily knit this design longer in both the body and sleeves if desired, but it will affect the yardage needed.
I worked with South African dyer Yama Fibre Art for this design, using her beautiful Merino Linen fingering weight singles yarn which has a gorgeous, soft drape. Thank you, Madeleine, for inspiring this sweater with your beautiful yarn! You can find her yarn here ! Check her site for shop update information.
If you wish to substitute a different yarn I recommend a single ply yarn with a bit of silk or linen, but any fingering weight yarn that gives you the proper gauge will work!
Sample uses Yama Yarn Merino Linen Singles, 90% Superwash Merino, 10% Linen
394 yards 360 m/100 grams
C1: Grey Sage (grey)
C2: Ferrocin (dark navy)
C3: Crushed Mustard (dark gold)
C1: 607 (670, 752, 832, 898, 964, 1069) yards
555 (613, 688, 761, 821, 881, 977) meters
C2: 230 (250, 285, 315, 340, 365, 405)
210 (229, 261, 288, 311, 334, 370) meters
C3: 89 (100, 103, 113, 123, 132, 146)
81 (91, 94, 103, 112, 121, 134) meters
Note! Needle size is a suggestion only, you will need to swatch to determine the needle size needed to achieve gauge for you.
Ribbing: US 2/2.75 mm
Main: US 4/3.5 mm
Stitch markers, stitch holders (or scrap yarn), tapestry needle
20 sts and 28 rows/rounds over 4” 10 cm after blocking with larger needles in both colorwork and stockinette
Swatch both colorwork and stockinette as you may need to change needle sizes to maintain an even gauge. You should always knit your swatch the same way that the pattern is knit—in this case, in the round. Block your swatch as you will your finished garment and allow it to dry fully before measuring.
Measurements given are for the finished garment. This sweater is designed to fit with 10-12” 25.5-30.5 of positive ease at the bust and 7” 18 cm of positive ease at the
upper arm. Nordiska is designed to fit cropped with a deep raglan. A schematic is included in the pattern.
XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X)
40 (44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64)”
101.5 (112, 122, 132, 142, 152.5, 162.5) cm
Sleeve circumference at upper arm:
15.75 (17, 18, 19.25, 20.5, 23, 24)”
40 (43, 45.5, 49, 52, 58.5, 61) cm
This sweater is knit top down, working flat to shape the V neck and shoulders, then joined in the round and knit seamlessly for the remainder.