Sunday, 19 May 2013

Knit one, purl one

In last Sunday’s blog I mentioned the jumper I had hoped to show you but unfortunately it wasn’t finished. Well it is now.....


The pattern I used comes from a book that’s ancient – the models are wearing legwarmers!!
However if you look past the early 80’s fashion disaster some of the patterns are really good. 

I remember my mam knitting this jumper back in the day and when she found out I was going to knit it again she hinted madly that she would love to have it when it was finished. Sadly that wasn’t to be as she died in March. However I’m sure she would have loved it.

The main part of the jumper was easy to knit as it was just stocking stitch. The fun though began with the yoke. It was supposed to be knitted over four needles but I used a circular needle instead.

I’ve only used a circular needle once before, and that was many moons ago, so getting back into the swing of knitting with it took a while.  


The yoke itself was only 42 rows but it probably took longer to do than knitting the stocking stitch pieces.

When it came to knitting the neckband I did eventually have to use four needles as I didn’t have a circular needle small enough.

This is only the second jumper I’ve knitted in a long time (I’ll pop the first one up on the blog shortly) so I was really pleased with how it turned out.

Have a great week.

Gertie xx

PS pop over to Handmade Monday to see what other fellow craft bloggers have been up to.

21 comments:

  1. It is gorgeous, and I wouldn't have guessed it was an eighties pattern. The pattern on the yoke is lovely and looks beautifully done.

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  2. It is lovely. Well done with getting back to grips with the circulars - I have to be honest I rarely use anything else these days, even for row knitting!

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    1. Circulars do have their uses so I might follow your lead and use them all the time xx

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  3. Long line jumper - great design. I am using circular needles for the first time on a shawl at the moment, never realised how easy they are! Don't think I could manage 4 straight ones at once though!

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    1. Once you get the hang of circular needles they're great. The problem I had with the four needles was stopping the stitches from falling off... xx

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  4. What a pretty neckline, and beautiful blue.

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  5. oh wow! To a beginner knitter such as myself this looks very impressive indeed! I'm sure your mum would have loved it :) The yarn you've used is gorgeous x

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  6. A lovely jumper and I would like the sky to be that shade of blue for a few months. Lovely pattern around the neck. Hope you have a good week.

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    1. Here's hoping the jumper doesn't get much use over the next couple of months xx

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  7. Nothing wrong with 80's patterns! I've just raided my mum's pattern satsh to find an Arran jumper pattern to use - the hair styles on the models are amazing! Your jumper looks lovely and judging by the lack of summer so far, I think you're going to need it! Have a great week x

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    1. A lot of people knock the 80's but I loved it. Given the cold weather here up north I think my jumper might be getting a good workout... xx

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  8. It's a lovely pattern and a beautiful colour, I'm another fan of 80's knitting patterns, (well some of them anyway) :)

    Jan x

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  9. Oh Gertie, the sweater turned out beautiful. I love the yoke pattern - lovely. Isn't it fun to knit with circular needles? Hope you are having a great week.

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  10. Great jumper, and I do like that blue :)

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  11. Brilliant jumper. I love the detail of the yoke. This could be the start of an 80s revival :-)

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