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What jumper should I knit?

So, as I mentioned yesterday, I’ve decided that 2014 is going to be the year I knit a jumper! I somewhat overexcitedly went and got myself 9 balls of Rowan Aran weight pure wool in a lovely mustard colour (insta image) in the sales. I had a vague notion I was going to make Kate Davies owls but of course that’s chunky weight, so not a goer. So I searched Ravelry and this is my shortlist.


Estelle Pullover. I had been thinking something with cabling, so this leaf design isn’t quite what I had in mind, but I love the way it looks, it’s the right needle size (The yarn is for 4.5-5mm needles, so anything above and below that I would have to compensate for in some way) and I like every single one of the versions ravellers have knitted which isn’t the case with any of the others. Also the pattern comes with a cardigan version included.


Flowing Lines. Again, not cabled but I really like the way it looks kind of like it is (love the buttons on the shoulders too!) and the design element going down all the way will keep me interested, while presumably being memorisable and straightforward enough to do without needing to really concentrate all the time. The one thing I’m not sure about is the straight neckline. I think round necks work better on me. Also it says 5 and 5.5mm needles, and presumably the 5.5s are for the main body.


Seneca. This does have cables and is the first pattern I picked. However, I really don’t like the way it looks on the model, I think it might be a combination of the model being a really straight shape and the jumper being too big for her, and the yarn choice. Some of the versions people have made look much better! However, some do also look worse and looking through them makes me think that maybe this is actually too boxy a shape.


Peabody.This is representative of a style with lots of lacey holes – I picke out lots of patterns that are similar to this, e.g. Cape Cod, Sylvar, Julissa. Dave thinks this is totally ridiculous and defeats the point of it being a woolen jumper, and I guess it is more suitable for transitional temperatures, and I would have to always wear something undeneath (not that that’s really a problem, I always wear vests of tshirts under everything)

What do you think? Any tips for jumper knitting? I know I’ll have to google negative and positive ease as everyone’s forever talking about that!

*** Update: i went for the Estelle ***

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  • mary 9 January 2014, 9:56 am

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  • Rhianne 9 January 2014, 10:18 am

    I have no tips but I love the first two and I’m very excited that its mustard yellow. I want to see if I can crochet a jumper at some point, so maybe this is the year to do it too 🙂
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  • Alex 9 January 2014, 10:39 am

    I really love the first one! I know you’ve got your heart set on cabling but it doesn’t seem like you’ve found a pattern that you quite love, whereas the first one is beautiful and you seem to really like it!

  • Brenda N. 9 January 2014, 1:18 pm

    Peabody. Classic beautiful sweater that you’ll wear for many years to come. I liked it so much, I bookmarked it in Ravelry too!
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  • Frances 9 January 2014, 1:37 pm

    I think the first one is gorgeous – although possibly more suited to green than mustard yellow if I was to be pedantic about it.

    I like the last one too, I find the large ribbed hem and cuffs really attractive and I think lacy detailing looks good and I don’t think it would impact on the warmth of the jumper too much.

    They are all good picks though and I’m sure any would be enjoyable to knit up.

    I have never made any big projects, the most complicated I’ve ever made was a stuffed elephant. I’m not sure I’d have the patience for a full size jumper!! Good luck.

  • Frances 9 January 2014, 1:38 pm

    I also love the mustard yellow wool and just meant that because the first one has a leafy pattern that green suited it!
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  • sister 9 January 2014, 2:40 pm

    Ich finde Nr1 oder 3 schön! Dei anderen sehen vom Muster herr etwas altbacken aus.

  • Sadie 9 January 2014, 8:42 pm

    I think I like the Estelle best, though they’re all pretty!
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