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.
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.
My hand knitted version of Dale’s Peace sweater continues to progress. I’ve completed the midriff and am working on the crossbar. I’ve bound off for the armholes, added steeks, and am working the armhole openings. There are darts along the sides, as this sweater will be worn by a slender young woman, my daughter. The needle pulls the sweater out of shape so that the darts are difficult to discern. I continue to document all the instructions for this garment as I work it out.
Because my daughter asked me to (how could I say no?), I’m knitting a Dale of Norway Peace sweater using photos, because there is no pattern available for it. Dale has always sold it as ready-to-wear only, though they are now, after nine years, threatening to develop and publish a pattern. In the meantime, though, daughter wants, so I will knit. Neither of us have any patience. Ha ha. I’m having to ad lib some. I think I’ll do embroidery instead of attempting to find ribbon like Dale’s. I won’t use the familiar heart zipper, but will add a pewter clasp to the placket instead. At this point, I’m not yet certain what else I’ll modify. Will find out as I progress. And . . . I’m writing a pattern as I work.