So this is a very much at home look. A long handknit jumper over old cords and of course, for warm feet and total comfort, black fluffy slippers. What the best dressed always wear at home. And of course, to complete the picture of elegance, a supremely bad hair day. This is a pretty seedy looking me, because I took the pictures while I was still recovering from the nasty virus that did the rounds a few weeks ago. My hair was overdue for a cut, and has now been tidied up, I am pleased to say.
Anyway, enough about my sub standard appearance in this post. Time to talk about the jumper.
I have stashed wool for some years now and have quite a few balls in various colours that are too much for oddments knitting and not enough for a whole garment. I mean why did I have 8 balls of 8 ply navy and 6 balls of black 8 ply navy? 50 gm balls, in case you were wondering. It needs a minimum of 10 to 11 to make an 8 ply cardigan or jumper.
So I decided I wanted to rid myself of these nuisance balls of wool and decided to make a tunic length striped jumper.
I used a TNT Patons pattern from the following book I have had for years and years:
I've never had a failure using the patterns in this book, even when I use a non Paton's yarn.
I chose a cowl neck 8 ply pattern. I knitted the bands and cowl neckband in blue because I had more blue. The body was striped - 4 rows black, 4 rows blue.
And the stripes went on and on and on and on and on and on and it took ages and ages to complete this jumper. And then there was the sewing up and all the ends to deal with.
But I finished in the end! I did run out of wool when I was knitting the cowl, so made it shorter than it was in the pattern. But it is still quite enough, and I think any more in this wool - which was sort of quite weighty, if you know what I mean - would have been too heavy to wear.
So here we are, a further look at my at home, no visitors please look:
Warm, at home, snuggly and cosy - what more could you want on a cold winter's day!
All for now, see you next week with a garment that I did not want to make and having made have worn all the time!