I picked up the wool and pattern (in Danish) on my knitting pilgrimage to Copenhagen last spring. This version is not exactly the same as the one worn by Sara Lund - it is knit in a lighter weight wool, so the snowflake pattern is more intricate. The instructions are pretty sketchy, no doubt because it was developed for Danish knitters who can be expected to have a good understanding of knitting principals. So the pattern is probably not advisable for inexperienced knitters - though I'm sure anyone could work it out with a bit of effort.
I used google to translate the pattern into English, and with a bit of help from knitting friends I managed to muddle my way through the instructions. The pattern in Danish is available online from Kvickly, a chain of Danish supermarkets. As knitters obviously are not their main customers (indicated by the fact that this is their only pattern available on Ravelry), I figured they probably have better things to do than publish an English version for all of us non Danish-speaking Killing fans. So I'm making my translation (and mods) available here on my blog:
And now, for the sweater! I used Istex Lett-Lopi, an Icelandic wool, which is incredibly warm, lightweight, water repellent and breathable, but not soft by any stretch of the imagination. Lucky for me I have highly insensitive skin - I can wear the scratchiest garment in the world, and not even notice within a few minutes of putting it on.
One of the main difficulties I had with the pattern was that it did not account for increases in the snowflake pattern. I didn't want to end up with big empty patches in the increase area between pattern repeats, so on the sides of the body I added an extra spot between snowflakes, and for the arms I charted out a partial snowflake to fill in the space. This was harder to do for the second snowflake row on the arm, because the sleeve was still increasing at that point.
|Wonky snowflake on row 2, tidy snowflake on row 3|
My solution was not perfect, but it did fill the space, and since the join is on the inside of the arm it is hardly noticeable when I wear the sweater.
The final problem with this sweater is - I finished it too late to wear in the UK this season! Fortunately we are heading off to Helsinki tomorrow, where it is still nice and cold and wintry - so I'll be able to give it a test run on my holiday.