This is Signild by Elsebeth Lavold, which has also reached completion over the Christmas break.
I have admired the work of Lavold for some time: all those wonderful designs in "Viking Knits" - but I've never actually knitted one. This one appeared in the September issue of "The Knitter", and I loved the Celtic, or Viking, knotwork. This is an exceptionally simple design, with the simplest ribs and the button bands knitted as the edge stitches of the fronts. A beginner could knit it.
I used a yarn I have had for some time, but have not found a pattern to suit . I bought it on a cone from Coldharbour Mills, which specialised in remaindered yarns. It was unbranded, but not cheap, and the smooth handle suggests that it is a high-end Merino. However, it knits at somewhere between a DK and an Aran, so I ended up making the largest size, to be sure that it would fit.
Then there were the sleeve heads. The shoulders are slightly dropped, with a shallow sleeve head. I tried simply sewing these in, in the usual manner, but was not happy with the result. The yarn is very smooth and reveals any flaws. Eventually I decided to knit the sleeves again, using a top-down method, picking up stitches around the armhole. Someone has very helpfully provided a free tutorial on this technique on their web-site. It gives a much better result.
Maureen asked about the edging used on the Fair Isle pullover. This is a really simple combination of garter stitch and single rib, which gives a neat effect.
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I first used this on my Summer Isles waistcoat, where I was making up the pattern as I went along. Because the bottom ribs were curling and flaring I took them off and reknitted then upside down,. This had the effect of making the cast -off edge the same at the bottom of the waitcoat as on the front edgings, almost like a braid.
I used it again on the Windfalls waistcoat, but not on Jewels as it is knitted in Shetland style wool, and I just used single rib for that.