This week’s Wednesday Thursday Pattern Share is slightly selfish, but it’s a great pattern so I didn’t think anyone would mind!
In the UK spring is most definitely well underway. The sun is shining and all of the plants are finally getting going.
This lovely weather though has highlighted something I’ve known for a while, but have been trying to ignore; I have a serious deficit in the spring/ light weight knitwear section of my wardrobe! I have a long, cotton, crocheted cardigan I bought from Gap several years ago, and some cheap, slightly too small and ill fitting cardigans, but apart from that everything else is super warm and thick.
So I thought for this weeks Pattern Share I would find an awesome pattern to fill that gap , and I think I’ve done fairly well!
I think the cardigan would look super cute with jeans or a dress or skirt, and I’d feel comfortable wearing it to the pub or work, and this versatility is one of the reasons I chose it! And the pattern is also currently free, which is an extra amazing reason to love it!
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.
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, 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!!