Just a quick little post… I knitted a jumper!
This one took me waaaaayyyyy longer than it should of. Once you understand how to knit cables, it’s not that tricky (really, I swear it’s easy – would I lie to you? Thank heavens for YouTube is all I can say…). It’s just concentrating that’s difficult and making sure EVERY SINGLE STITCH you knit/purl/cable corresponds with the knitting graph – that IS the challenge. One stitch wrong in a pattern like this and it’s obvious.
I had to rip back the first 15-20 rows in the pattern… not once but twice! I almost gave up but I knuckled down and I’m glad didn’t give up – and trust me I was soooo tempted to knit something else!
There is one tiny hiccup near the top of the second pattern repeat. It’s so minor I left it. The thought of ripping back about five or so rows was soul destroying. So I decided to keep my soul in tact and knit on. It’s barely noticeable. I’m glad I kept my soul in one piece.
Love this wool – it’s Malabrigo Worsted in Buscazul Buscando Azul, it’s so soft it feels like cotton wool. I purchase it from yarn.com and it comes down to less that $10 a skein (I used three) + postage.
I think the wide neckline of this design may be somewhat limiting for wear however it’s got the great visual trick of widening out the shoulders while the waist nips into providing a great hourglass shape.
I do love Andi’s designs, they are snug and cute as a button. They seem to be the perfect paring for Sewaholic Designs (I’ve paired Chuck with my Cambie Pox Dress – and I think they fell in love… he loves her spots and all). Andi’s designs are quite short but they finish bang on your waist and are perfect with retro-style dresses.
Cambie was also perfect with Marion remember? She’s a versatile lass.
Next up Andi’s Agatha – in RED!
Jumper: Chuck by Andi Satterlund, Wool from yarn.com
Dresses: Cambie by Sewaholic (if you are in Australia, it’s available from Sew Squirrel).
Psst…. Don’t forget to check out my Crazy Barbie Doll dress and enter the giveaway!
Chuck looks super sweet and cosy. And I think cables look hard – but I have barely mastered garter stitch!
These cables are trickier because they go all over the place – but basic cables are easy peasy (that’s a technical knitting term LOL)
cables are easy, that’s true. They’re one of the simplest ways of adding interest to a pattern. But, yes, you do have to keep your wits about you so that you don’t have them going in the wrong direction. Lovely garment in a lovely colour. Nice work altogether.
Yes you are so right. I think that this jumper benefitted enormously from Dry July!!
I am in full non-knitter awe! I love the crisp dots with the cable texture- nicely done!
I was a pretty hopeless knitter til last Christmas. All credit due to YouTube!
Beautiful jumper. Your knitting is so even. I love it!
By the way, the photo taken by Miss 8 is superb (the dark and shadowy settings were perfect). Congratulate her for me.
Thanks Trish – she will be delighted to receive the praise 🙂
Radness! This looks absolutely fierce! I must finish my Miette STAT!
Stop typing. Knit Manda Knit!
Love the sweater, such a pretty colour
Thank you – I’m a huge fan of blue & this is such a vibrant shade
This looks so great on you– the fit is perfect! What a gorgeous color, too!
This is just gorgeous. Love the colour and the shape. I so wish that I could knit. You are so clever to be able to sew and knit too.
That colour is just beautiful! It’s a gorgeous sweater; something that would take me three years to knit! The fit is perfect and if there’s a mistake I can’t see it so I’m glad you didn’t destroy your soul over it 🙂
I love this! The blue is so vibrant and pretty. I have been meaning to sit down with my mom and learn how to crochet (I know… its not knitting- baby steps!) now I think this needs to be bumped up on my to do project list. This looks great!
I Just cabled a hat in preparation for knitting this boy up. Yours looks amazing, now I’m more inspired to get my arse in gear and start. Good work lady.
Beautiful! That’s such a pretty cable pattern. I was so intimidated by cables, and was also surprised that they are really quite easy.
Great job on the sweater and thanks for recommending hand knits that go with sewing patterns.
lovely! i’m having serious sweater envy (i LOVE sweaters, but haven’t taken up knitting yet..boo!). great pairing as well, looks awesome with the cambi.
It’s absolutely gorgeous. It seems like a lot of time cables don’t seem to show up well with darker-colored yarns, but yours has just enough shading that they show up nicely.
Okay that’s it I need to get back into knitting my chick. This is the best jumper ever! The cables are gorgeous and the colour you chose is lovely. Those cables have been scaring me but you’ve inspired me to get back into it.
Loving that colour – I like the design on you, but not sure how it would fair on my somewhat curvier shape 🙂 Anyway, just the neckband to go and I will have finished my Miette (about time, I am so slack with knitting)
Very beautiful sweater, cardi and dresses! Isn’t it great combining knitting with sewing? I have a lot of project in my queue for the coming year. 🙂
What a fantastic colour!! I’m still a cable virgin, so am in awe of your knit skills. Im sure id be ripping back even more than you, as that happened with my only one completed cardigan….and it Was no where near as complicated!! It’s a cute shape, and very flattering…
I love the colour of the yarn with that little bit of varigation, it always add a bit more interest than a flat colour.
And it’s great to see your Chuck in the flesh, it’s a fabulous design on you, cables can be a real pain!!
Interesting point on the neckline, I hadn’t noticed that on Lauren’s.
Now I just need to decide what to knit it in!!!
Beautiful Chuck. That’s a lovely colour. The flaws are how you can tell that you made it yourself, should you ever need to identify it in a police lineup. This is what I keep telling myself, anyway. Crocheting unintentional mistakes into every piece is my signature!
That’s a brilliant thought!
Lizzy I love this color wool and your sweater is beautiful. I learned to knit via You Tube back in the summer of 2011 and mostly knit short cardigans. I haven’t tackled cables yet but your version makes me want to try!
Cables are surprisingly easy, I learnt via YouTube LOL.and not quite as bad to rip back as lace knitting I’ve found.
Definitely on my “learn a new technique” list. I am already starting to look at fall patterns (both knitting and sewing) so if you have some suggestions for easy cable sweater patterns, I am all ears!
Do you belong to Ravelry? I’d pop on there and do a pattern search by fabric characteristics, choosing cables, and personally I would knit in sport or worsted weight too – knits up much quicker! The Acer cardigan seems popular.
Yes I am Irish1970 on Ravelry. I usually knit is worsted or aran weight (because I am impatient and want to see it grow quicker) but will check out Acer.
Cute outfit!!! Wish I could knit!
You can! You just haven’t learnt yet!
Gorgeous!!! As usual! I love the blue with the cream and red!!
Glorious! The colour is awesome. And I adore knitting cables. I actually make fewer mistakes when knitting cables than I do with something less involved as I don’t zone out as much. I must warn you that they become a teeny tiny bit obsessive!
LOL thanks for the warning! I’ll have to keep that in mind… or not 🙂
I too think that colour is gorgeous. Well done on the cables. I did it once for a very looooong tunic jumper thing and nearly lost my mind with counting and referring to the blimmin graph and. Well, not doing that again. Kudos – gorgeous. Love it 🙂
Thanks – I think my brain might have exploded if it was longer!
PS your eyes don’t look too tired?
The blue is great! I love cropped sweaters and jackets. It looks great on you!
Oh, that’s really pretty! I’m tempted to ask my mum to knit me one!
It’s cute but demands concentration!