For my January Minerva project I wanted to knit a cosy sweater. I spotted some lovely looking Sirdar Freya yarn and decided it would be perfect. I often struggle with “winter” yarns, as the nice ones normally contain a high wool content, often with angora or mohair, and I’m very sensitive to wool and find many of these yarns too scratchy for me to wear.
Sirdar Freya however is perfect. It’s 55% cotton, 31% acrylic and 14% polyester and has a lovely tweedy look to it. I know some knitters don’t like synthetic yarns, but this is a blend I’m totally happy to knit with as it means I end up with something I can actually wear!
The pattern I chose to use is Longing by Kim Hargreaves, from her book “Enchanted”. I’m a long time fan of Kim’s patterns and have several of her books. This one has deep ribbed hem and cuffs while the main parts of the sweater feature a simple mesh pattern.
This one is actually written for aran weight yarn, held together with a strand of laceweight mohair (itchy!), and the Freya is bulky (or chunky) weight. I ended up knitting the smallest size, and it’s come out just about perfect.
I used about 6 x 50g balls of yarn for this sweater. The yarn is very light, so you get good yardage per ball. I have some yarn left over, so have plans for a cosy cowl that I can pop on if my neck gets cold.
If you’d like to knit your own cosy – and non itchy! – sweater, you can buy a kit of 8 balls of this yarn here.