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Scrap Busting Knitted Jumper

This jumper has been about 18 months in the making! I’m a slow knitter, what can I say?! I started it in the Summer of 2021 when I was doing a lot of knitting, and still living with my sister. I then moved to Oxford and did join a knitting group locally but I still make very slow progress.

This was the last thing I was going to make to use up most of the yarn I already had before I was allowed to buy any more yarn (though, ahem, that didn’t end up quite working). I made a jumper, a cardigan and some baby cardigans too to use up what I already had.

I’d ended up with quite a lot of odd balls of wool which were all in a blue/green/grey colour palette – and lots of navy blue, so I thought the striped jumper pattern from Learn to Knit Love to Knit would be a good way to some of it up – it doesn’t actually use as much wool as the pattern said, but I guess you can’t generally get less than 50g in a ball so that’s the amount you need of each colour. The green jumper, which was the same pattern as my black sparkley jumper, is also from the same book.

The jumper is knitted flat, in pieces, with the same stripe pattern on the front and back – so you get matching stripes on the side seams!

I’m not totally in love with the neckline if I’m honest – it’s ended up not really round, with corners. It’s also a little wider than I would like ideally – but maybe it will settle down with some washing?

I did actually block all the pieces before I sewed them together as they were rolling up something chronic – and I wanted to make sure the stripes were as straight as possible on the front and back so I could line them up as much as possible. But there were so many ends to weave in, wah!

Here’s a close up of the colours – I do really like that it’s quite bright. I was looking for some more bright knitwear as it had been an area that had been quite dull – though I also bought a couple of jumpers from Uniqlo a couple of months ago – I have hardly bought any clothes recently (apart from a couple of t-shirts last Summer) but I realised I don’t HAVE to make everything – and especially with knitting because I’m so slow to get things finished, it would take literal years to get some stuff I want to wear.

I am currently working on a mustard yellow jumper too – which is knitted top down, in one piece – so I’m excited to not have to sew it together at the end! Though I did have to frog it because I did it wrong, so I thought it was going to be my fastest knit ever – but not so much. Also it will probably have to wait until next Autumn/Winter to get worn, by the time I finish it. I seem to be always out of season with my knitting and my sewing actually – anyone else, or is it just me?

I knitted a jumper!

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.

I actually knitted a jumper!

This is definitely by far the longest I’ve every worked on a garment – over 4 years!!!!!!

The pattern is the raglan jumper pattern from Learn to Knit Love to Knit and the yarn was from a charity shop where I used to live in London (which I moved away from 3 1/2 years ago!).

I made the smallest size and according to my best estimate, I started knitting this in January 2015! I don’t generally make that much time for knitting – and you can tell from how long this took me! I go up to Scotland every January/February to have a second Christmas with my friends and we usually sit around drinking tea, chatting and knitting so I think most of this was done in tiny chunks each year until this year when I decided I actually had to finish it!

The fit is fine – which is lucky because I have no idea how to alter knitting patterns to fit! It is a loose fit, but I’m fine with that. It’s also one of my warmest jumpers because the yarn is acrylic, which is not what I would choose now if I was buying yarn for a jumper.

I like that the yarn has sparkly gold bits running through it, making it a bit more interesting than a plain black jumper.

One of the sleeves is longer than the other, but I think that’s not a total shock since I’m sure my tension changed throughout the 4 years it took to knit this! I also have to roll up the cuffs as the sleeves are a tad long.

The front, back and sleeves are all knitted separately then sewn together, then you knit the neckband (I think).

I’m so pleased I forced myself to finish this jumper as the weather has definitely taken a turn for the autumnal!

My next knitting project is a jumper for my partner – anyone want to take any bets on how long it will take me to finish it!?