Next up in our continuing series of staff posts, Maria tells us about a gorgeous jumper, the power of persuasion and the joy of knitting garments that fit!
When it comes to knitting, I have a tendency to go for shawl patterns involving a single skein of sock yarn and a very loose interpretation of gauge. This approach has generally yielded more pretty neck pieces than I can reasonably expect to get around to wearing. But hey, theyâ€™re fun to knit, and thatâ€™s the point! Right?
Okay, confession time… years ago, after a few disastrous attempts to construct a garment that actually fit (tension square? what tension square?), I gave up. I decided handknit sweaters were not in my repertoire. I became a knitter of shawls, (and the occasional pair of socks), and that was that. However, it turns out youâ€™re never too old to be susceptible to peer pressure, and when Jen and I came across this pretty little pattern, we decided that we would do it. Both of us. At the same time. So I couldnâ€™t chicken out!
The pattern is called Snowflake, from TinCanKnits, and itâ€™s just lovely. Jen used a beautiful combination of Louisa Harding Orielle and Malabrigo Arroyo (she has a thing for the hand-dyes!), and I plumped for Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino (because I already owned some. Okay, a lot. And I wanted an excuse to buy some of the purple. Cuz itâ€™s pretty).
A top-down knit, try on as you go, pretty lace yoke for a bit of interest and detail. Using a finer yarn on slightly larger needles, it knit up surprisingly quickly! (Even more quickly when youâ€™ve Jen in your ear constantly nagging. I mean encouraging. Yeah. Encouraging).
The end result? A finished garment. And it fits me! I am ridiculously happy with this FO! It turns out I know how to knit stuff that fits, who knew?
Of course, given the temperatures at the moment, itâ€™ll probably be a while before either of us get to wear our sweaters in the shop! But weâ€™re okay with the sunshine… weâ€™re just a little better prepared for the autumn now, too.
And sure if we start to feel chilly, I think there might be a shawl or two hanging around that we could use…