A fabulous new knit kit for you!

Mordros Sweater

I’m so excited to tell you about my latest product that I think you’re going to love – the Mordros Sweater knit kit!

You may be wondering what Mordros means: it’s a Cornish word meaning ‘the sound of the sea’. As I live close to Perranporth, I can often hear the distant roar of the waves from my garden, where I sat to design and knit the first sample of this sweater.

The sweater is a lightweight timeless design, perfect to throw over a vest top to head down to the beach or outside for an evening barbeque.

“It’s a great, relaxed sweater. Exactly what you describe. Perfect to fling on as you run down to the beach!” – Amanda, Test knitter

How the pattern came to be

The original banana lace top

The pattern was originally a design I created for a fine lace weight banana yarn I stocked. The yarn was a rare find, and although I bought as much as I could, it wasn’t long before my stock ran out.

The sweater pattern was so popular that I decided to revamp the instructions, this time to work with one of my yarns that I knew I could keep in stock more readily.

The original set of pattern instructions was created using the Knitware sweater design software that I used extensively. I was so pleased with it that for several years I was the UK distributor of the software – in keeping with my full-time work in IT at the time. Eventually it became incompatible with newer versions of Windows, so now sadly I can’t use it. However, that’s where Fiona from A Little Bit Sheepish came to the rescue! 

I always send my new patterns to Fiona for tech editing – she does a fabulous job. In this case she was also able to grade the pattern to create a wide range of sizes from the instructions I’d already got.

“I love it and it fits perfectly.“ – Norma, Test knitter

How is the Mordros Sweater constructed?

This is an easy knit, readily achievable by knitters of all skill levels from confident beginner upwards. The sweater is knitted in Stocking Stitch with naturally-rolling cuffs and hems and dropped shoulders.

“The pattern: I like the way it’s presented, so easy to follow.” – Linda, Test knitter

It’s knitted from the bottom up with 3-needle cast-offs giving neat shoulder seams. Sleeves are knitted from the shoulders down to the cuffs. Finally, minimal seaming joins the side and arm seams with mattress stitch for a tidy finish.

“The three needle bind off was perfect and made for a really neat join.” – Chris, Test knitter

Mordros sweater schematic

What yarn does it use?

Lace Egyptian yarn in hand dyed colourway Blackcurrant Sorbet
Egyptian Lace yarn in shade Blackcurrant Sorbet

The sweater uses just 2 or 3 100gram skeins of soft Egyptian Lace yarn depending on the size chosen, making it affordable and quick to knit. Sizes available range from 32” to 62” bust, to make this design as size-inclusive as possible.

Egyptian Lace is a lightweight luxurious blend of baby alpaca, linen and silk that feels gentle against the skin. It’s a fabulous blend of fibres for a summer garment. If you prefer a wool blend, you can choose to use the same amount of Decadence Lace yarn. This is exactly the same weight yarn in a blend of Bluefaced Leicester wool and silk.

Both Egyptian Lace and Decadence Lace are heavy laceweight yarns – basically 3-ply yarns. They have 600metres of yarn per 100gram skein. This makes them exactly halfway between a standard 2ply yarn with 800metres per 100gram skein and a 4ply yarn with 400metres per 100gram skein.

“I love the finished fabric and it is so cool in this [hot] weather.” – Chris, Test knitter

Which colourways can I knit the Mordros sweater in?

The knit kit is available in 6 beautiful tonal colourways as standard:

  • Blackcurrant Sorbet
  • Buddleia
  • Burnished Orange
  • Ocean Blue
  • Riptide
  • She Sells Seashells

Other colourways can be dyed to order by special request – just contact me to arrange it.

For example one of my test knitters chose the Sandy Toes colourway for her Mordros Sweater:

“The colour ‘Sandy Toes’ has been much commented on – from husband, at least three times, and both daughters, must be a record, and as well as others who have seen the wip.”

Can I buy the pattern by itself?

Yes, if you have equivalent 3ply yarn that you’d like to use, you can simply buy the knitting pattern by itself. Details of the yarn requirements are shown in the pattern listings.

The Mordros Sweater pattern is available to buy online and download instantly from my Etsy shop, Ravelry, and soon from LoveCrafts.

How do I order the Mordros Sweater knit kit?

Knitting from a yarn cake

If you’re in the UK, hop over to the knit kit product page in my online shop. Orders outside the UK need to be placed via my Etsy shop, so that additional tax and shipping requirements are catered for.

Choose your favourite colourway from the options available. Select your size – remember that this is a garment to be worn over another top, so go up a size from your regular one.  You can then decide how you’d like the yarn put up. You can choose either the yarn in skeins to wind yourself, or wound into yarn cakes ready to start knitting as soon as you open your kit!

In my online shop, payment can be made by PayPal or direct bank transfer, whichever you prefer.

When I receive your order I’ll dye your colourway in my next available dye schedule slot. If there’s likely to be a delay, I’ll let you know by email.

Please note – emails will be sent from steph@perranyarns.co.uk
If you don’t receive them please check your Junk or Spam folder as they may have been moved there without you realising.

Thanks to my test knitters!

Finally I’d like to thank my amazing team of test knitters. They’ve been a fantastic help and inspiration throughout the test knitting phase.

They have given me invaluable feedback on the pattern, which has helped me to to clarify various parts of the instructions. They also provided wonderful photos of their projects in progress and finished! This one shows Chris looking fabulous in her version, knitted in shade She Sells Seashells – great picture Chris!

Thank you ladies, and I hope you enjoy wearing your Mordros sweaters!

I’m thrilled to say that several of the test knitters have already told me that they want to knit another Mordros Sweater, which is a great testament to the design and yarn combination.

“I’m quite keen to knit… maybe another Mordros – it’s so light and comfortable!” – Dana, Test knitter

Chris wearing her Mordros Sweater in shade She Sells Seashells

When you receive your kit, I’d love to see your progress and finished sweaters being worn! Tag @perranyarns along with #mordrossweater on Instagram or Facebook to show off your projects.

Happy knitting!
Steph x

A fabulous new knit kit for you!
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