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Knockoff or Knockout? (Knit edition)

Added Mar 9, 2011

by tungufoss

Gardabaer, Iceland




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A few years back I saw an over-sized Gucci sweater priced $1,095 in Vogue magazine. I cut it out, and put it in my fashion inspiration book… waiting for the day it would be mine. Now it is, or at least my very own version of it.

With my trusted knitting handbook for beginners - Stitch ‘n Bitch - and mommy dearest, I managed to recreate my long admired grandfather-esque sweater in typical Icelandic wool, in particular lafosslopi.

I hope you like it! At least I’m well pleased with my beginner’s luck!

Material Notes

Wool: 7.5 skeins of Icelandic wool called lafosslopi (Bulky / 12 ply) in fire red tweed.
Needles: US 10 – 6.0 mm (I used circular needles 60cm for sleeves and 80cm for torso)




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Preppy

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    Mar 10, 2011, 06.16 PMby daisylynn

    BEAUTIFUL!!!! Absolutely smashing job, my dear!

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    Mar 10, 2011, 06.42 AMby lauriana

    What a great sweater! And you made the design/pattern yourself?? Wow. I taught myself how to knit a couple of years ago (using the same book or one like it) and I’ve made some things but I keep losing interest because it all just takes so long. Does the book actually give instructions on making your own knitting pattern (in which case I really want to know which book it is exactly), or is that where your mother helped?

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      Mar 10, 2011, 10.41 AMby tungufoss

      The book teaches how to knit, but in a fun upbeat way. And how to deal with disasters like when you drop loops etc.

      Basically I had a sweater that fits me and measured all the lengths according to it.

      To find out how many stitches I needed to cast on I first made a small test-knit to see how many stitches make up 10cm and use the laws of proportionality to calculate how many would do for a sweater.

      There are some basic patterns in the book that you can follow, which is what I did for the things I wasn’t sure of like how to knit around the sleeves, and what kind of sleeves to make, e.g. straight vs. raglan.

      Mom came in for the difficult things like how to loop together the pieces in a way it wasn’t noticeable. Which I could technically have read about in the book, but I was lazy and just wanted to watch her do it for me. ;-)

      I’m now trying to follow a proper knitting instructions (from Burda magazine) and I find that way more difficult than just improvising.

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    Mar 9, 2011, 06.07 PMby tungufoss

    Thanks for all the praise. Nice to know it’s not just my mom and grandmother that are pleased with my rekindled love of knitting. ;-) The only hard part about making the sweater was to count the number of rows for the second sleeve, because it’s mostly just plain knitting (due to circular needles) with a few purls on the rib pattern, so very novice-friendly. Oh, and making the buttonhole, but that’s were stitch ’n bitch handbook came in. They have above and beyond excellent illustrations. Highly recommend it. Only thing to bear in mind : coarser the yarn less knitting is needed, ergo sooner finished! A key motivational aspect for beginners! ;-)

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    Mar 9, 2011, 06.06 PMby lanternwaste33

    Wow, it looks really nice. I too wish I could make things like this. Gucci would be jealous.

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    Mar 9, 2011, 03.31 PMby tamezdc

    What a wonderful job you did!!

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    Mar 9, 2011, 02.42 PMby nellyvdb

    It’s beautiful! Your great success is making me want to take up knitting :)

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    Mar 9, 2011, 11.40 AMby dottty

    O how i wish i could knit :) and wear chunkys, you’ve made a great job of it, no wonder you’re pleased :)x

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