Boyfriend jumper

I’ve finished the 135-36 Jumper for men with textured pattern in Karisma Superwash by DROPS that I’ve been making for my boyfriend. It’s all blocked and ready to wear. It’s very green….

It was a really easy pattern with no shaping and I made it even easier by simplifying the pattern. I took the needle size down to 3.5mm for the body and 2.75 for the ribbing.  It was pretty quick to make and not too dull as I had the cables every 12 rows or so. There was a bit of sewing up to be done at the end but I actually quite like sewing up, I find it quite relaxing.

I used the wool the pattern recommended Garnstudio DROPS Karisma Superwash. I wanted to give at a go because at £2.25 a ball it’s a bargain for pure wool. It also promises to go in the washing machine which is pretty essential as I can’t see this jumper getting hand washed…

I wasn’t sure about the wool when I was knitting with it. It was much better that the Hjertegarn Lima I made a jumper from at Christmas but still a little bit scratchy. It’s really softened up after blocking and given the price I think I’ll be using that again.

I really like using the DROPS wool, their prices are very good without sacrificing quality. I haven’t found anything cheaper that isn’t acrylic. I normally get my DROPS wool from Scandinavian Knitting Design. They are really nice to deal with and the wool comes super quickly. I tend to have a look on the drops site for the actual colour first to get more of an idea, although when you’re buying wool online you can never quite be sure what colour you’re going to get.

My boyfriend likes his jumper (which I am very pleased about!). I think that it is a bit too big and a bit too green…… I like the pattern though so I think I might make it again in a small in a less bright colour.


Cozy red jumper

My Scandinavian Sweater with Textured Star Pattern on Yoke by Hjertegarn is finished!

As you can see it’s huge!  If it was a couple of inches longer it could be a dress. When I was knitting it I was sure that the body was coming up small so I adding on about 10cm. Clearly I could have trusted the pattern! Even though its not what I had in mind when I started I really like the extra length. It feels big and warm and cozy and it’s perfect for a frosty day like today. As it doesn’t have any shaping it’s slouchy while I really like. Lots of room for winter comfort eating!

Compared to what I usually wear it's very bright. I'm getting used to it and it's quite cheering on a grey day.

As you can see from the picture the pattern is very subtle. It’s a star pattern in purl stitches. The subtle pattern was a little annoying to knit as it was difficult to see the pattern forming and I had to pay much more attention to the chart than I normally would. On the plus side in a subtle pattern it’s easy to hide mistakes.  I like the finished effect although if I was doing it again I would work the star pattern in a different colour.

I'm not sure what that white thing is on my sleeve....I think it might be a blob of moisturizer on my mirror

The wool was scratchy when I was knitting with it but actually it’s fine to wear. Less itchy than some of the other wool jumpers I’ve made. I was a bit naughty and put it through the washing machine on a cold wash and it’s come out just fine.

Overall I made the following modifications:

  • increased the body to 47cm (up to arm hole)
  • increased sleeves to 50 cm (I like my sleeves long)
  • final 4 decreases along raglan rather than on body
  • I stopped decreasing at 108 stitches and started the rib (I don’t like necklines too high).

I’ve always been a little bit slapdash about weaving in my ends in the past but on this project I knew that it would really show up so I decided to do it properly. I found an article in Knitty which explained it really clearly and it’s given me a lovely clean finish and you can’t see it at all at the front.

All in all I’m very pleased. In fact I’m wearing it right now!

Scandinavian Sweater with Textured Star Pattern on Yoke by Hjertegarn

The jumper is actually slightly less red than it looks in this picture

Sometimes my Mum spots crafty things in magazines and cuts them out for me. Before Christmas she spotted a jumper pattern in the Radio Times.  The pattern is based on the red jumper that Sarah Lund wears in the second series of The Killing.

I’ve never actually got around to watching The Killing (I can’t knit and watch the subtitles!)  but it looked like quite a nice jumper so I wanted to give it a go. Having looked at a couple of pictures it’s not an exact copy but it does use a similar star pattern in purl stitches.

For once I actually used the recommended wool Hjertegarn Lima. As it was cheap I wanted to give it a go. While I enjoy the really bright red shade the wool is really scratchy and not great fun to knit with. I’m hoping that after blocking it’ll be a bit softer to wear. I’m not sure I’ll use it again though as I’m hurrying to finish so that I don’t have to knit with this wool anymore!

It’s a fairly simple pattern without any waist shaping. The body and sleeves are knitted in the round and then joined into one piece at the bottom of the arm hole (I haven’t described that very well but its similar to the construction of owls by Kate Davies). However while the approach is simple the pattern is confusing:

  • Both the body and the sleeves came up very small when I knitted the suggested 35cm and 45cm so I had to increase the length.
  • The description of the sleeve decreases was very confusing. I opted for alternating a decrease at row 8 and row 6 as my best guess of what they meant.
  • I’m making the smallest size and I’ve gone down half a needle size but it looks quite big. Hopefully it’ll come out comfy baggy rather than unflattering baggy- there’s a fine line!

I’ve been knitting for quite a few years but I still I found some of the description in the pattern hard to follow. I wonder if there might be some translation issues. There are also a few random brackets that have snuck it which means you have to read some sections twice for it to make sense. I’ve been making a lot of Jared Flood patterns recently and they are really clear and very well written so I wonder if I have been spoilt by that a little bit.

I’m at the yoke now and should be finished very soon and I’m hopeful that it will come out well. If it works I will of course forgive all of the confusion of the pattern.