This is my last wooly jumper of the Winter, completed just in time for Spring! Though I should get plenty of wear out of it over the next two months, the weather in Wellington is particularly random at this time of year…
This is the Lila Sweater pattern by Carrie Bostick Hoge, knit up in Outlaw Yarn Bohemia Worsted (the same alpaca/possum/polwarth blend I used for my mittens, but in 10 ply). I really like the shape of this jumper, especially that lovely shaped hem.
Its knit from the bottom up, using Sunday short rows to shape the hem. They were a bit of a revelation! Much easier than the wrap and turn method I used to shape the neckline on my Lesley Sweater, and they turned out much neater as well. I’ll definitely be using that method again! The bottom up/in the round construction of Lila was new to me as well, and I think I prefer knitting top down. I like the idea of being able to try it on as I knit to check length and fit! I had a serious case of second sleeve syndrome whilst knitting this, it took me 5 weeks to start knitting again after I finished the first one.
I have had a few issues with this jumper, mainly that it’s turned out a bit smaller than I thought. I knitted a size 38, which should have given me 3″ positive ease, but it’s turned out tighter than I thought. I don’t mind, it just isn’t what I expected! I’m also annoyed that I have nearly two whole balls of wool left over. I started on a fresh ball when I started the neckband! Of course, this might be related to the jumper turning out smaller than I thought, maybe I was knitting too tight. My gauge was ok, but who knows? I’m too much of a novice to be able to troubleshoot knitting fitting!
Fortunately, I really like this wool. It was lovely to knit with, and it’s really soft and warm. Unfortunately, it causes a major case of the fuzzies! Fuzzies on the rest of my clothes, fuzzies on my couch, fuzzies in my nose and eyes and in my throat…I’m desperately hoping that they’ll decrease with wear, or everything I own will be covered in garnet fluff.
Its something I would consider knitting again, but with a few changes. Next time I’d try going up a size, and I’d try knitting it from the top down (I know there are alternate instructions, I’m not sure why I chose this method. Something new, I suppose!). I would also only knit 2″ of garter bands on the sleeves instead of 4″, so that they match the hem band. It annoys me a bit that they’re so wide!
I’m not sure if I’ll be doing much knitting for the rest of the year, my summer sewing pile is huge! And it isn’t all for me either, I’m actually doing some unselfish sewing for a change. Monsieur has said he’d quite like a jumper for next winter, he really likes the shawl collared cable knit sweater worn by Will Graham in several episodes of Hannibal. If anyone has pattern suggestions, I’d love to hear them!