Friday, 17 April 2015

fo: simple summer tweed top down v-neck

Finally I can show you the jumper I cast on as a result of really disliking the first jumper I knitted this year in February. I don't think I have ever knitted 2 such large projects in such a short space of time, even if the first once was unravelled in order that the second should live!

Also for the first time I am linking up with hardknitlife and the marvellous idea that is Freshly Finished Friday! Click the link at the bottom of this post to find this week's link up and to share any projects you've finished this week.


Pattern - Simple Summer Tweed Top Down V-Neck
Yarn - James C. Brett Marble Chunky (Shade MC 45)
Ravelry project page - click here

This was a particularly tricky pattern to follow, although I am incredibly pleased with the end result! Described as a summer tweed pullover, my James C. Brett yarn worked beautifully to the gauge and knitted up in some lovely bright stripes, making this more of an Autumn/Winter garment. This jumper is intended to fit with positive ease, but to play it safe I knitted the ladies' medium size as I wanted a loose, comfortable jumper.

The pattern is perhaps awkwardly worded and takes a little bit of working out to understand, and was a big ask of myself for my first ever top-down-in-the-round sweater. A lot of people on Ravelry were writing that they had to handwrite the pattern or type it row by row on a spreadsheet to work it out! But I muddled through with a pencil and many tally marks, and after a few attempts/cast-ons I got the hang of the way it is written. 
The pattern is worked entirely in stockinette stitch. I added about 4 rows of 2x2 ribbing to the bottom of the body and the sleeve cuffs though so as to prevent rolling. Rolling was intended as part of the original pattern but I wasn't keen on the idea of that myself. 

The collar (below) is my favourite part of this jumper though. Conversely to the point I just made I absolutely adore the way it rolls, and its worked out pretty large and relaxed on my jumper so it is less of a V-neck and more of a round/scoop neck. I think it is pretty flattering though and earned some nice comments when I wore it to work. The pattern was pretty useless when it came to the collar though - 2 times I knitted this following the instructions to the letter, only to find the collar was way too small and bunched up all of my hard work. In the end I picked up stitch for stitch across the back, and about 30 stitches down each side of the V-neck which finally worked (only took 3 goes...)  

 
As difficult as the pattern was to understand in the beginning, now that I have finished I understand what I am/was doing so much more and I would happily consider knitting this baby again in a different yarn, perhaps something a little lighter would make for a more summer appropriate jumper? Also I feel this is a pretty top notch finished project considering the pattern was free!
All in all I am incredibly please with this and I hope you agree! Here is to the wardrobe of jumpers to be knitted yet!

Linking up with hardknitlife- Freshly Finished Friday #14

15 comments:

  1. Ooh, nice job on this jumper - looks lovely. I really like the rolled collar too! Phew! Well done for persevering with an awkward pattern, too. This makes me want to make a jumper so bad! :) x

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  2. It looks great! I am glad you finally made it work and all that knitting was not in vain.

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  3. This looks so fab! I really need to try my hand at a big project, I'm always doing little things recently! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

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  4. Thanks Becca :) oh thats such a lovely compliment that it makes you want to make a jumper :D it took me a few attempts to make one I like but got there in the end - definitely worth the journey :D jenny xx

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  5. thank youuuuu I'm very relieved too :p jenny xx

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  6. thanks Jasmin! yeahbig projects can be great, though more commitment and not as quickly satisfying as smaller ones :) jenny xx

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  7. This is so pretty! you've inspired to to try and make a jumper myself :D

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  8. Beth@iknead2knit18 April 2015 at 01:33

    Lovely!

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  9. Woollen Wilderness18 April 2015 at 11:43

    So happy this yarn now found its final destination in this lovely sweater! Ripping out the first project and remaking it was definitely the best decision, as now you have something you will love to wear :)

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  10. thank you Beth :D oh yes yes yes DO IT! jenny xx

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  11. I am too, happy and relieved :) I'm glad I made that decision too it feels so vindicating :) thank you for your kind words, and as ever all the gorgeous things you blog about! jenny xx

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  12. Thank you so much Fiona :) it was a shame I needed to rip one back, but if you aren't happy you've got to trust your instinct I think and it totally paid off! I'm glad I've encouraged you to think of doing the same, and it isn't time wasted after all as all knitting time is AWESOME :D jenny xxx

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  13. Yay it looks fab! I like that you went for a simple design to show off the awesome colours better :)

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  14. thanks Elise :D yes I think simple to show off the colours works better than complicating the issue with cabling and what not - I've always underestimated the importance of the choice of yarn to pattern and vice versa, nailed it this time :) jenny xx

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