Yesterday, a friend and I drove to Wisconsin’s beautiful Door Peninsula for a day of scenery hunting and art galleries. It was delightful and never gets old. I also made another stop, a clothier, On Deck, that carries Dale of Norway sweaters. After having spent months knitting a Peace knockoff for my daughter, I desperately wanted to actually see and interact with a genuine Dale Peace. It happened!!! On Deck had their winter apparel out, and they had stacks of Peace. They even let me take loads of photos. I was so surprised at how thread-like fine the actual Peace yarn is. The sweater is “light as air.” Daughter’s “Pauper” sweater is truly winter outerwear, and she’ll be wearing it in the snow and cold this winter! My Georgia girl will get a Bogstad knockoff made from yarn similar to that of Peace and worked from the pattern I developed while creating Pauper (not to be confused with Dale Garn’s modified Peace hand knitting pattern that was published later). Now, at last, I know what to do with that! Pauper pattern available HERE.
I actually call this thing the Pauper Sweater. It’s not exactly like Dale of Norway’s Peace sweater, but it’s close, and it’s what we can afford. The construction is designed for hand knitting. Dale’s sweater is a machine made ready-to-wear; out of necessity, the pieces must be machined flat. The hand knitted version is worked in the round, seamlessly except across the tops of the shoulders, and to join the sleeves to the bodice. There are minor variations done on the motifs, and the placket detail is hand embroidered in place of machine embroidered ribbon. The recipient loves it.
Pattern is here: Pauper Sweater
I completed the sleeve today and grafted the front half of the cap into the sweater bodice. It proved a perfect fit, and also looks just perfect on the recipient. This is a great relief! I never know whether a garment construc- tion will work for certain until I get this far. Now I know. The second sleeve will be easy to create, because I’d written all the instructions as I worked my way through the first one.
Have much finishing to do as well. Need to tuck yarn ends and tack facings. The wrong side must look as good as the viewable side.
I’ve made a lot of progress, and actually have a garment that can be put on. Am currently working a sleeve, the beginnings of which are on the model’s wrist. She is the future recipient of the sweater, and it’s fitting her well. She’s pleased. We both are.
The cuff looks rumpled because the facing is not yet tacked down. The slit needs a button; the placket needs a clasp.
I’ve contacted Dale to inquire about permissions pertaining to publishing, but it’s not looking like they will respond. If not, I’ll create a stranded design of my own and publish the construction method with it. The construction is mine; I’ve no idea what Dale has done to achieve their garment shape. It’s a machined ready-to-wear. My garment is strictly a hand knitted construction, and the construction is working out very well.
As for the construction method, it can be used in conjunction with any stranded motif design.