My puffin jumper is not only my favourite piece of knitting, but probably my favourite piece of clothing, including shop bought things. I know I have written about it constantly, as I made it only a month or so ago, but I love it so much that it’s hard not too. The original pattern is by Kate Davies (whose blog is one of my favourites, and I’d recommend it for those of you who’ve never looked), and I shamelessly adapted it to work with a skein of noro that I’d been hoarding in my stash.
It is a long sleeved jumper with a beautiful, striped yoke in garter stitch. The finished jumper fits me like a glove – Kate provided a schematic that made it easy to make this happen. It’s also quite an easy piece to dress up or down as occasion suits, but my favourite way to wear it is with skinny jeans and a collared blouse.
I worked the body in a merino/cotton blend that is already looking a little worn, but it is for exactly that reason that I chose it to go with the noro – the two look good together. I still think that it will last me for a really long time – this one is never going near a washing machine or tumble dryer!
Today marks the launch of the 5th annual knitting and crochet blog week, organised by Eskimimi Makes. I have been looking forward to joining in with this since I started my blog, and I’ve found so many new blogs this way myself. Everybody who’s joining in with post about the same topic on the same day. If you search for the collection of letters up there in my title it will bring up other blogs that are participating.
It happens every so often that when I have a day off I have nothing better to do than get crafty. I had such a day a few weeks ago, and I had the perfect project for that situation – a jumper I was knitting that needing a fair bit of frogging and reknitting. I was knitting from a vintage pattern called ‘when you’re off duty’, which is part of the digital collection available from the Victoria and Albert museum. I hadn’t made my armholes quite deep enough, so had to rip the front and back out far enough to add some length before the shoulder shaping.
I started fairly early, and was adding in another repeat on the back with breakfast.
The back was bound off as I watched the London Marathon,
and by lunch the front was getting its own attention.
It was such a lovely day that I finished it off sitting in the garden.
Then it was time for a quick wash,
before blocking it out and leaving it to work on another day.
I’ve been working on the seam of a jumper that is knit flat, and thought I’d share how much I love mattress stitch. In the picture you can see the front and back of the same seam, but from the front you wouldn’t really know it. My favourite tutorial for mattress stich is this one here, from Knitty. As well as liking the look, I think it’s quite fun to work, or is that just me? I think there’s something so satisfying about something so neat.
I know that I haven’t posted anything in quite a long time, but when Eskimimi Makes announced the launch of Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2014 it seemed like the perfect time to share something new. That something happens to be my Puffin jumper, which is now completely finished, and that I absolutley adore. It is my favourite thing that I have ever knitted!
The pattern is Puffin, by Kate Davies and is published in her wonderful Colours of Shetland book. I knit mine using SMC Select extra soft merino cotton for the body and a single skein of Noro Silk Garden Sock for the yoke. The pattern uses different colours to make up the stripes in the yoke, but for me this was all about the Noro. It is the first time I have ever used it, as normally a yarn like that would be far out of my budget, but I was given this skein as a gift. I hid it in my stash, waiting for the perfect pattern to come along, when I realised that I already had the perfect pattern, it just hadn’t occurred to me before. I love the how it turned out – the yoke in the 34″ size was just right to match up with the colour changes in the Noro. Kate’s pattern is wonderfully written and easy to follow, and the jumper fits me like a glove.
So I’ve been good and returned to my puffin jumper. Here we have two sleeves and a body knit up to the armpits. Admittedly, shortly after I took this photo I realised that I had missed an increase in on one of my sleeves, so I had to rip out quite a few rows to put that in, but now these components are all present and correct. I’ve started the yoke and am near enough beside myself at how well it is going – pictures to follow soon.
This weekend I found myself surrounded by several projects, but not actually wanting to work on any of them. My cape still doesn’t have a closure and my neon socks are still not a pair. The projects that have been hibernating whilst I’ve been writing this blog continued to hibernate.
So I did the only logical thing – I cast on for something new. I have had the yarn in my stash to knit a Puffin Sweater from Kate Davies’ wonderful book Colours of Shetland for a while now, and it was just the kind of knitting I wanted. Most of the jumper is stockinette, knitted in the round, followed by a rather exciting circular yoke. I have found mine to work up quite quickly and I have already finished the decreases for the waist. The best part for me, is that I’m using a pack of yarn for the main colour that I picked up at the end of the summer sales for only £10! It has been the perfect cure for startitis.