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 ***