Knitting the colour work sweater pattern, Treysta by Jennifer Steingass for Laine Magazine, was my first time working with Léttlopi Icelandic wool by Ístex.
It’s an extremely cosy, robust, wool that feels like it will keep me warm and dry whatever the weather. I’m not extremely sensitive to woolly, rustic wools and don’t find the Ístex Léttlopi uncomfortable to knit or wear with a t-shirt underneath.
I knit the Treysta pattern using Ístex Léttlopi in Bottle Green Heather (MC), Ash Heather (CC1), Celery Green Heather (CC2) and Black Heather (CC3) from Meadow Yarn. My colour choices were inspired by the colour palette Kehley used here.
Treysta Sweater Pattern Modifications
As the Treysta is a slim fitting sweater I decided to knit the pattern without the waist or hip shaping. I just knit straight until the body measured 17.5” from the shoulder. I also decided not to do the colour work on the hem so I finished the body by knitting just 2.5” of 2x2 ribbing and Jenny’s Surprising Stretchy Bind Off.
I also omitted the colour work on the cuffs so all the focus was on the colour work yoke. After knitting the decreases and knitting 2 rounds even I went straight into the 2x2 ribbing. As with the hem, I used Jenny’s Surprising Stretchy Bind Off to finish.
Choosing the Right Knitting Needles
I initially started knitting Treysta using set of circular needles with a fairly sharp tip which was easily splitting the yarn and made the experience quite unpleasant. I felt like I was fighting with the yarn until I decided to switch to a set of Addi needles with less pointy tips. It was a game changer and the Ístex Léttlopi became much easier to work with. I would definitely recommend using needles with a slightly round tip that will not split the yarn so easily.
Pattern: Treysta by Jennifer Steingass for Laine Magazine (3)
Yarn: Ístex Léttlopi
Needles: 4mm (US 6) Addi Circulars
Project Bag: Alex Collins Sweater Sack
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