Norwegian Fir Cardigan

Norwegian Fir is the dear little cardigan you’ll find upstairs on display.  You’ll probably notice it as soon as you turn left at the top of the stairs!  Be sure to check out the button!

My Sister Knits, Norwegian Fir, Fort Collins, child's cardigan
Norwegian Fir cardigan, designed by OGE Knitwear Designs

This pattern is sized for 0-3 months through 8-9 years. It’s a top-down pattern with explicit row-by-row directions until the divide for the sleeves, fronts, and back.  The garter stitch body and sleeves create a wonderfully squishy fabric and the simple lace detail at the raglan increases make this an irresistible knit! Some of us are so in love with this enchanting sweater that we want to make it even though we have no one to give it to!

Our sample is knit with Rosy Green Wool’s Cheeky Merino Joy in undyed Edelweiss which makes it easy to visualize in other colorways.  The choices are endless!

My Sister Knits, northern Colorado, A Homepsun House yarn, Lemonade Shop yarn, Black Elephant yarn, local yarn shop
Left to right: The Lemonade Shop Yarns’ Sweater Weather, A Homespun House’s You Cook, I’ll Sing, and Black Elephant’s Silver Lining

The pattern calls for a DK weight yarn but our sample is knit with a Sport weight which leads to the question of whether or not DK and Sport are interchangeable.  There is a common misconception among knitters that they are almost identical and can be easily substituted for each other.

This, however, is not the case.  Care should be taken when deciding between these two yarns as Sport weight is lighter than DK, resulting in a difference in the size of your finished project.  As always, we encourage you to make a gauge swatch to inform your decisions!

My Sister Knits, Colorado, local yarn shop, Arranmore light yarn, Anzula Cricket, Dovestone yarn, DK weight yarn, Sport weight yarn
Left to right: The Fibre Co. Arranmore light’s Slieve Sunset, Anzula Cricket’s Seabreeze, and Dovestone dk’s Goathland

Ravelry has a helpful table that explains the difference between yarn weights.  Also, the Craft Yarn Council created a Standard Yarn Weight System of weight guidelines.  When looking at these two tables, it becomes evident that there are no hard and fast rules to yarn weights!  There are instead, guidelines.  Still, putting the information from each site together gives a good sense of the differences between Sport and DK.

Sport weight has 24 – 26 stitches to 4 inches, 12 wpi, and suggests a 3 to 5 US needle.  DK weight has 22 stitches to 4 inches, 11 wpi, and suggests a 5 to 7 US needle.  The differences are not great but they are significant.  Wpi means ‘wraps per inch’ and is a well known term among spinners.  It’s also helpful to knitters, especially when we find a yarn in our stash that has lost its tag!  Just take your yarn, wrap it around an object such as a pencil or ruler with the yarn touching but not overlapping.  Measure out an inch and count the number of wraps, easy peasy!

We invite you to come in and play with yarn choices for this little cardi.  We’re confident you will fall in love with it as we have!

 

 

 

 

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