Look! I've finished a jumper! This one has been taking forever but I powered through the last few days and got it done!
Yarn: Bendigo Woolen Mills Stellar yarn, 50% bamboo and 50% merino
This is from The Knitter magazine, which is my favourite knitting magazine! It's from the UK and it always has lovely, modern designs for people who aren't between the ages of 0 and 6. I always find something interesting in that magazine!
This is what the pattern actually looks like, as you can see I altered it quite a bit. I added 3/4 length sleeves and a bottom rib band. I didn't like the unfinished look the original had. Because I was adding on sleeves and this was bottom-up, I had to think quite hard about how to join them in and keep the cables correct! In the end I joined them in like in my Owls jumper, and it turned out quite well (I think).
This pattern is called "rose bramble", because it has a kind of climbing flower design in the centre front and back. Then it has some large cables on either side of that, and small cables next to them. It took so much courage to start this pattern once I'd gathered my materials, I was terrified of all those repeating patterns!
The flower pattern is 19 stitches and 10 rows. The large cable is 9 stitches and 20 rows. The small cable is 4 stitches and 6 rows. So I was always counting rows to make sure it all lined up. My piece of paper is covered in tallies!
I made sure that the rose pattern went down the centre of the sleeves too!
This jumper is the same back and front - so it doesn't matter which way I wear it! It also looks kind of similar inside out :-)
The only thing that didn't quite work to my satisfaction was the neck opening. It's kind of large and floppy. I had to undo it a couple of times to try and get it tighter, but I'm still not happy. My solution is to thread some thin elastic through the top to keep it in shape, which I will do in the next few days.
The yarn was a mix of bamboo and merino, which was lovely to knit with - it splits slightly more than 100% wool, but has a nice feel and is quite smooth. It's got a bit of lustre too. The pattern called for merino/silk and I think this is pretty similar in all important aspects. This means the jumper isn't too warm to wear in all seasons!
Oh and also I got my hair cut! It's shorty short now! I love it so much.
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