Olive green cable jumper

I’ve finally got around to making a jumper for my boyfriend. He picked the pattern himself and I think he’s made a very good choice! He’s opted for 135-36 Jumper for men with textured pattern in Karisma by DROPS design. It’s a free pattern and although it hasn’t been that popular on Ravelry I think it’s really nice.

I’ve used Garnstudio DROPS Karisma Superwash as the pattern suggests. This is the first time I’ve used this wool and I really like it. It’s reasonably cheap, feels very and nice and will go in the washing machine so it’s perfect. I think I’ll use it again. I wasn’t sure about the colour at first but it’s growing on me.

 

I’m always a little nervous when making things for other people so I’ve been putting it off a little bit. I love knitting things for people but I really worry when I’m knitting about getting everything perfect. It’s one thing for me to wear a jumper or cardy with a few accidental modifications but I wouldn’t want to force that on someone else. After all if someone has taken the time to hand knit you something you’re going to have to wear it at least a little bit…

So, because I want it to be as near perfect as I can get I’m finding myself taking much more care not to go wrong and when I do go wrong I’ve actually been going back and fixing it rather than just leaving it or sort of bodging it like I normally do. The pattern is repetitive with a few knit and purl stitches and a couple of cables every 12 rows or so. For some reason the more simple a pattern is the more likely I am to go wrong. I guess that as it’s so simple I’m not concentrating that much and so making little errors here and there. There’s been more ripping out than I’d like with this pattern!

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Audrey in drops alpaca

My Audrey In Unst is finished! This is actually the 3rd time I’ve knitted this pattern but I still really love it. It’s so well written and easy to follow. The sleeves are genius – you pick up the stitches and then shape the sleeve caps- so there’s no sewing up at all.

I’ve made a few modifications to the pattern. I’ve made the button bands a little wider and taken out the lace because I wanted something more simple. I switched to 4 ply rather than DK so I took the size up to accommodate that. I didn’t do a proper gauge swatch and sort of guessed but luckily it worked out okay.  It’s fairly snug and cropped but I’ve been after a cropped cardy for a while so that’s no bad thing. I was a bit worried that it wouldn’t do up but it does!

This is the first time I’ve tried using Garnstudio DROPS Alpaca. I’d  heard lots of good things about it and it’s reasonably priced for alpaca so I was keen to give it a go.  This the first time I’ve ordered wool on-line and I learnt a lesson about checking the colour on Ravelry! The photo on the website showed a kind of grey with a hint of purple but when the wool came it was a pastel lilac. It’s not a colour I would have chosen as I tend to prefer greys and greens and I wasn’t sure about it as I was going along but now it’s finished I really like it.  I also learnt a lesson about quantity of order. I  under ordered so lost out on some of the money saving because I had to pay the P&P again for the final ball. Despite these two little problems I’ll definitely use this wool again, it’s really soft and lovely to knit with.

All in all I”m very pleased and doubt this will be the last time I knit up this pattern.

Snowbird

Snowbird is finished, blocked and dried. I wasn’t sure about it at first so I thought I’d try the time-honoured trick of putting it away for a bit to see if it grows on me. I’ve just dug it out for some Ravelry pictures and I’m slightly annoyed that I’m still not keen.


Don’t get me wrong, the pattern is lovely and some the finished versions I’ve seen look great but I’m just not sure about mine. I’ve narrowed it down to a few possibilities

a)it’s too long on me

b) I should have used the suggested wool rather than one which I already kind of new would be too small so it’s kind of narrow

c)it’s summer so a winter cardy isn’t very appealing

I am very much hoping for C. So with optimism I’m going to put Snowbird back into the cupboard until the autumn comes.