Knitted Jumper #1

Connemara Jumper

Last October I had my first taste of the Knitting and Stitching show at Ally Pally in London and I loved it! So many amazing exhibitors and products, had it not been so busy I would have been tempted to run from stall to stall buying everything I could see in a complete woollen frenzy!! Thankfully for everyone else at the show, due to the amount of other craft lovers there running was simply not an option and so I was forced to calmly walk around the show and sensibly assess whether I wanted to buy things or not, where’s the fun in that!! My sole purchase from the day was some lovely Sidar Conemarra wool which I bought from the Black Sheep Wool bargain area.

Connemara Closeup
A mixture of acrylic and wool it has a lovely tweedy effect. I bought the Irish Rose shade which I really love as the pink running through the yarn makes it really feminine without being too girly!

I sourced out this lovely Sirdar Connemara Chunky Knitting Pattern 9308 for the jumper,Sirdar Connemara Chunky 9308 but didn’t fancy the cables running down the front so opted to ignore that part of the pattern and just knit a plain jumper. I also altered the neck slightly knitting a much thinner band as I wanted the neck to be a bit wider. As the yarn is chunky it knitted up really quickly and in what seemed like no time at all I had a jumper, hurrah!!

Whilst I love my new jumper, this attempt at knitting a new garment has highlighted the need to take measurements whilst knitting. I assumed I would need the 36inch chest size, but actually from measurements taken after I’d stitched it all together, the 34inch size would have been more than adequate. I also knitted the sleeves a tad too long and I think the body could have been a bit longer. All in all though I’m really happy with my first attempt at a jumper and have already started my second!!

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