As I mentioned in my post about making a bunch of baby cardigans, I’ve been back into knitting recently. I finished this jumper in about 3 months or so (which for me is quick, after the only other jumper I’ve finished took like 4 years!).
I don’t know why I chose a really hot, really sunny day to take these photos, but there we are.
The yarn was some cheap acrylic I’ve had in my stash for ages. You can still get it, though – it’s called Woolcraft New Fashion DK (in shade emerald). Half way through the project I got the fear that I wouldn’t have enough to finish – I had 3/4 balls – so I ordered more and then didn’t need it. Typical!
The pattern is the same one I used before, from Learn to Knit, Love to Knit. It’s just a basic raglan sleeved jumper. I like things where it says ‘knit in stocking stitch until it measures x’, where I don’t have to count rows. I made the size 10, having made the size 8 last time as I wasn’t sure if I was going to gift it to my now ex. It did end up significantly bigger than the other one – I can’t remember if I checked my gauge, oops.
I am going to send it to the ex so hopefully it won’t look as massive on him, though he is quite small (but still a but bigger than me). It was originally going to be a vintage pattern with loads of amazing cables on but, as previously mentioned, I don’t like knitting where you have to count – and counting rows is one thing, counting every stitch on every row is just not my bag! I don’t mind so much if it’s just a different stitch and I can get the hang of it but I am a simple knitter at heart.
I am a little sad to be giving this away, but I intend to carry on knitting so I’ll hopefully reach a point where I have enough jumpers, so giving one away is a good idea in the long run.
I’ve already got my next project cast on and started, so definitely expect more knitting projects in the future! Just slower than sewing projects obviously.
Maybe you should hang on to this for a bit before you send ir to the ex? At least long enough to wear it in cold weather a few times and make really sure you don’t want to wear it yourself?
I’m with you on the topic of knitting without counting. If I wanted to count I’d do needlepoint. But are you familiar with Elizabeth Zimmerman? Every book filled with patterns that explain what you are trying to achieve (turtleneck: “knit circularly in p2k2 rib till you’re sick of it”) , along with the stitch by stitch directions for people who need that. She’s the only reason I really started knitting. Also, cables are a pain at first, you do have to count for a couple rows. But then beauty unfolds on its own, you only need to look at what you’re doing to keep track