Introducing: The Daytripper Cardigan

By Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne
March 8, 2021

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  • Here it says bottom up. Ravelry says top down. Hmmm.

    • I test knit this. Daytripper is written as top down. But I think Stopover went bottom up.

    • This was my bad, y’all! I knew Daytripper was top-down, but my memory of many Riddari pullovers plus Stopover took over that space in my brain. We edited out my mistake.

    • I am new to the lopi game. How does lettlopi compare to the unspun plötulopi as far as gauge and substituting?

  • Loved the lightness of the Stopover but had gifted to my sister. Have some raspberry/fuchsia in stash that is calling.

    Does anyone know if the steek is planned as seen or needle felted?

    • That would be sewn not seen. Sigh.

      • The directions are written for a sewn steek.

        • I’ve knitted and steeked another cardigan of MJs, Solbein, and I used a felted steek. It worked wonderfully.

  • Steek instructions have you sew by hand, which is interesting. She just says “sew” — I assume you’d probably want to use a backstitch. Will have to wait and see.

    • I used backstitch when I test knit this. Worked beautifully! Lettlopi is a good hairy/sticky wool that steeks well.

  • Does anyone know how itchy this yarn is?

    • Exactly my question.

    • I’ve knit at least 4 lett Lopi sweaters and love them. It’s moderately itchy, but very comfortable over a cotton layer. Since the Stopover and this new sweater are knit at such a loose gauge, they’re very light and lofty. I think the cardigan is going to be wonderful.

    • I found that the loose gauge of stopover made it less itchy than a more tightly knit Lopi garment.

    • I just knitted and washed a swatch last night. I use a wool wash, but then soak in hair conditioner as well. Itchy” is a very personal thing, so I can’t proclaim you’ll love it. I can’t even stand my hair touching my neck, but will admit I am finding myself being more tolerant of wool I have knit. This is not bad after washing. It’s not alpaca or merino, but I think I can deal with it as a scarf. Hat, mittens, definitely. Sweater neck? We’ll see.

    • Hi Carol, I’ve always felt that itchy is in the eye of the itcher. My swatch is soaking right now (feeling pretty chuffed that I’ve actually swatched ahead of time) and should be dry by tomorrow. I DM’s you on the lounge with my email address. If you want to give it a feel before you make a commitment, I will mail it to you.

    • Just to add another opinion here – I can’t have Lopi anywhere near me, even if I wear two layers underneath it. It’s so beautiful and light and I wish so much I could handle it.

    • As others have said, itchy is a personal thing. I banged out a Stopover (as a cardigan as it happens and first & only steek experience) but despite wool wash and hair conditioner, I find it too itchy to wear even over a long sleeved turtleneck shirt. It’s wonderfully warm and since I’m always cold, I was really looking forward to wearing it through the winter, but sadly it’s spent most of its life in my closet.
      I have a lot of Lopi leftovers now, so I’m wondering if a hat or mittens might be the way to go. I did love knitting with it.

    • I agree with everyone who says “itchy” is a personal assessment. But I will chime in to say that I wear my Lopi sweaters over short sleeve tees and even tank tops with no discomfort.

    • A bit late to the ‘itch party’. For me, I need to wear a full length sleeve, and something high around my neck, such as a polo neck, or a scarf, as that area is sensitive to itch. I really hope it works for you.

  • Anyone else having trouble getting into the zoom call for the launch party? I keep getting a request for a passcode.

    • Me. I have no code either. I thought I was just me.

  • I want to buy he kit number two and the field 17 but I cannot find a way. Please help me. Carolyn Potter. Carolyn pit dry

  • I loved the launch discussion last evening. It inspired me to buy some Lettlopi. I made my own bundle with enough yarn to make a cardigan, mittens and a hat or 2. I’ll be all set for the knit along at the end of the month.

  • I love the Daytripper Cardigan but would like to knit it as just a pullover. Is there any direction for doing this?