FINALLY!!! Dale of Norway’s beloved “Peace” sweater is now available for hand knitting using Dale Garn’s equally-lovable Dale Baby Ull yarn. Not only that, this pattern is available in English and…are you ready for this? It’s FREE! Yep, apparently, for what they say is a limited time, the Dale pattern is now available as a free download, in English, through Ravelry. GET IT NOW!!!
I can’t tell you how many sad hours I’ve spent over the years, breaking knitters’ hearts when I had to tell them that, no, the Peace sweater wasn’t available for hand knitting because the machine-knit, ready-made one was knit in 2ply Heilo Norwegian wool – a very fine-gauge yarn suitable only for machine-knitting – whereas the Heilo Norwegian wool for hand knitting was a 4ply yarn = twice the thickness. Thankfully, they’ve finally re-scaled the design for use with their wonderful, fingering weight washable merino yarn, Dale Baby Ull.
Okay, so now that you’ve got the pattern, which two colors of Baby Ull do you love the most? Below, you’ll see their most recent color card. I’ve marked it up to show the handful of colors we’ve been told will be discontinued shortly – see my list at upper left and “D” on the yarn samples. Those colors should still be available for now, but not for long. The US distributor has also told us Dale dealers about the several new Baby Ull colors that should be out shortly, but they haven’t seen them yet, and have no images for us to go on. As soon as I see them, you will, too! For now, see them listed at the upper right corner on the card. Any of the colors on the card without the “D” should be around for a good long time to come. As you pick out your two colors, remember: the more contrast between your two shades, the better those lovely “Peace” details will show up in your knitting, and on the finished sweater.
Questions? As always, feel free to either email me directly at: “mas AT kidsknits DOT com”, or, call my US toll-free number, 1 877 631 3031.