Now, I don't know about you, but jumpers (or sweaters for you are the most daunting thing for me when it comes to knitting. On the whole they are no different from other knits: you have a pattern and you go ahead and knit it. Yet there is so much customisation involved in knitting a jumper that is meant to fit me that I haven't dared to try it yet.
Now this is going to change. I jumped in at the deep end an bought a sackful of yarn. Literally. I went for Cascade 220 Superwash in ruby red and charcoal. I had to guess how much I'd need, but I feel quite confident that 15 balls in total should be enough even for my size. I may be wrong, but we will cross that bridge when we get there.
I have narrowed down my pattern search to two possibilities: I will either design my own jumper based on the formula in the Big Girl Knits books I have or, ideally, I'll give the Pixelated Pullover by Jennifer Beaumont a go.
|Source: Pixelated Pullover|
A fellow knitter at #knittinghour on Twitter posted a link to this jumper and I love it. I spent a lot of time going through everyone's projects there to see which colour combinations people have chosen. My favourite is the one in dark blue, grey and yellow - so unusual and striking.
So Pixelated is my first choice now, I have finished my swatch and that's quite an achievement considering I hate doing that and usually just wing it, but this jumper is supposed to fit, so I better do things properly. Mind, it may take ages to finish this jumper and I am not sure I will finish it by the end of the year.
Right now I am taking a Craftsy class, Curvy Knits by Marly Bird, to learn how to make changes to patterns so that the finished jumper will fit well in the right places. Once I have finished this class I will finally be able to cast on. I have to say I am very tempted to cast on already and at least start with the neckline - not a lot of alterations needed there. We'll see how long I can resist.
Do you remember knitting your first jumper? How did it go? Let me know your top tips!