After receiving an email from a fellow knitter interested in the Falkenberg sweater, I bravely cast on. Let me digress a bit. I first noticed Hanne Falkenburg in a Woodland Woolworks mailing. The sweater was called “Mermaid” and was shown in colorways of blues and greens. That glance was all it took to fall in love. Alas, the kit looked intimidating and was also pricey, around $250.00. Not too much longer after that I joined a group called the KnitList and read that the Falkenburg kits could be obtained from Denmark at a fraction of the price. I spent hours clicking on the entire designers featured, all kits, one more beautiful than the next. I settled on a simple sweater, “DaCapo”, by Hanne Falkenberg. I paid about $115.00 with the kit arriving in less than 2 weeks.
The kit is pretty simple…yarn in a bag along with the instructions in Danish and in English. At the bottom of the bag is a photograph of what you hope the finished product will look like and a designer label to sew into the inside neck.
The English instructions are very clearly translated. It tool me a bit to figure out what colors go where. Page 1 has an exploded illustration of the jacket pieces. I took some time, with the help of Erik’s colored pencils, to color the various areas for clarity. The preface indicates that the instructions may confuse at first, but will be clear to the reader upon knitting the first few rows. I cast on and frogged the first few rows 5 times. This wasn’t a big deal with only 5 stitches cast on. What I was knitting just didn’t look right. There are a lot of “Knit TBL” and “Purl TBL”, the instructions on how to do this I found here. As it turns out, I made no mistakes; the technique was just new to me. I have kit about 25 rows on addi Turbo’s and find that the odd instructions yield a subtle double chain edge along the bottom edge that will run the width of the jacket. A very nice touch. This jacket would make a great Knit Along.