Northern Lights top

DSC03405 forside mønster.JPGThis top is very simple, but still has some fine details. I gave it the name, Northern Lights, because the colors reminds me of the northern lights, and since it is partially knitted on a trip north of the Polar Circle.

Actually this top has been on quite a travel, come to think of it. Firstly, the Malabrigo yarn is made from Uruguayan sheep (mulesing free), and hand dyed in a factory that have taken measures to be as environmentally friendly as possible. I bought 2 skeins of Malabrigo sock on a travel to Barcelona – at All You Knit Is Love. It is really worth  while to visit Jen in her wonderful little shop! The yellow yarn, that I have used for the edgings, is Garnsurr Skrantin Merino. This yarn is hand dyed by immigrant women in Numedal, in the heart of Norway, so this too is a project with a lot of meaning, and inspiration from all over the world. This yarn I bought at Værbitt, a shop in Oslo. Laila, who is the owner of this shop also hand dyes yarn in the most amazing colorways. Finally, I started knitting the top on a trip to the Swiss Alps. The next week I brought it on a trip to Northern Norway, to the Lyngen Alps. This was in May, and of course out of season, but the last time I was there I could see the northern lights.

By following this link you can see some photos of the northern lights: 

DSC03412The top is quite short, since it is meant to go with jeans. It is fitted at the waist, and with round neck and short sleeves. There are two rows of i-cords along the neck and sleeves, and five rows on the body. The last i-cord is knitted in a contrast color.


Both the body and the sleeves are knitted in the round. The sleeves are joined with the body, so that there are no seams. The decreases on the yoke gives a good shaping and also accentuates the shoulders. I have used provisional cast on, both on the body and on the sleeves, and the i-cords are knitted downwards at the end.


The pattern will soon be available on Ravelry – it is test knitted for the time being:


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