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Friday, 7 November 2014

The Jumper Challenge and New Knitting Shop

Recently I discovered a new independent knitting shop, The Knit Club in Caterham. Great friendly little place with lots of classes and a knit night every week. Its not that close to me but I went up there to have a look and book some one 2 one lessons. I did not bargain for leaving with £70 worth of wool and a pattern for a jumper the 'man in my life' saw in the window!

Admittedly it was a very nice jumper and I can totally see him wearing it, so stupidly I said ' i'll make it for you'. Then I stupidly said ' before Christmas'. I can be a little over ambitious sometimes :s

Here's' the wool stash and Rowan magazine with the pattern. :)



The pattern is Guido in Rowan Magazine number 55. The the pattern they use Rowan purlife in quiet pastely colours. The one in the window was knitted in Rowan felted tweed in more muddy, masculine tones so that's what I have gone for too.

So I thought I would try and post every day I work on the jumper, and considering it needs to be done by xmas, and I have never knitted a jumper before, there might be a lot of posts and a lot of mistakes!

I already had trouble with the main body of the pattern. It was slip stitch which I had never done/ come across before so it was lucky I had my knitting lesson and the teacher (Sarah at the Knit Club) was able to sort me out. She also taught me mattress stitch so hopefully my finished items will be much more professional now. It was a great couple of lessons and I learnt a lot. It was great for getting answer to all the little things I have been stuck on.

Here's the progress so far. I spent most of a Sunday getting to this point:


 
Then this was some work in the evening after my real job! Adding in the red, the 5th colour.

 
Now because I have never made a jumper before or done slip stitch I am going to be adding in lots of lifelines. These are relatively new to me and I wish I had known about them when I started knitting. They really are an absolutely essential technique in my book. It will hopefully mean you will never have to completely unravel a work again! Neat huh :) Here's a link to the Very Pink Knits tutorial on lifelines. I'm going to be putting them in at regular intervals in my knitting, its almost like hitting the save button on the computer. I'm just using scrap yarn to do this so if you see some crazy colours in there its just the lifeline poking through.
 
 
So hopefully I will be posting pretty much everyday ( I'll have to if the jumper is ever going to get done!) and talking about it as I go along. If anyone else is making a jumper too I would love to hear from you.
 
Happy Knitting