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Raggen Sweaters, Odin Hats

Check out these cute sweaters at Yarn & Thread Expressions, a local yarn store in California.

photo 2(1)The pattern is the “Playtime Pair” from the Holiday 2011 issue of Love of Knitting Magazine. (Call Yarn & Thread Expressions, they might still have issues in stock.)

photo 1(1)As you can see, and the name implies, it’s a pair of sweaters for a child and their favorite doll.

Yarn & Thread Expressions used three skeins of Viking of Norway Raggen yarn to make their set.

Raggen is a sport weight (5 sts/inch) yarn that is a 70% Superwash Wool, 30% Nylon blend. Each 150 gram ball has about 250 yards.

This yarn is great for everything from boot socks and hats to sweaters.

Have you knit a sweater using sock yarn?

The store also sent us a picture of these great hats.

photo(1)The knit hat, on the mannequin head, is a house pattern at Yarn & Thread Expressions, so you’ll want to call them (619) 460-YARN (9276) to get the pattern and supplies.

The smaller hat, on the table, is the Basic Crochet Hat from Crochet Today (contact the store for more details).

Both hats were made using Viking of Norway Odin yarn. This 100% Superwash Wool has a suggested knitting gauge of 4.5 sts/inch. Each 100 gram ball has about 175 yards.

As the “superwash” in the name implies, Odin is machine washable on a cold, gentle cycle! But you should still dry it flat.

Odin is available in a range of both solid and variegated colorways. Browse Odin patterns on our main website. We recently added several Viking of Norway Odin patterns to our Free Patterns section.

Contact Yarn & Thread Expressions for supplies for these knitting and crochet projects, or find a local yarn store near you that carries the Viking of Norway line.



  1. I have only knit a sweater using worsted weight yarn. Unless a sweater is knit with multiple strands of sock yarn, I can only imagine the amount of time and effort required. However, I just looked at the stats for Viking of Norway’s Raggen and was pleasantly surprised to see that it knits on US 8 needles. I previously thought sock yarn needed smaller needles (e.g. size 2).

    As for superwash, it’s brilliant. After I accidentally felted my first wool knit sweater in the washing machine, I now have a great appreciation for superwash yarn.

  2. Dense fabric helps socks last longer. So small needles are used to achieve a small gauge.
    When knitting or crocheting sweaters, scarves, hats, gloves (you get the idea!) you can use needles that give you a pleasing fabric.

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