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!
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.