Why, yes, I *have* made a jumper!

26 Mar

I finished a sweater I’ve been working on for almost two years. It’s from Susan Crawford’s book A Stitch in Time, one of my favorite knitting pattern books, where old sweater patterns of many vintages are reworked for modern yarn weights, clothing size, and with more complete, specific instructions. The one I’ve been working on has the beguiling title of “Have you Made a Jumper Yet?”

So although it sure took me long enough, I can know say with certainty that I most definitely have.

This has been a lot of knitting–and crochet. About half of this is crochet, the lacework panels on waist, sleeves, and around the neck. I’d say it’s about half and half. And on size 3 needles, well, it takes a whole lot of stitching to make fabric, and it’s a fairly loose, flowing design, so there’s a lot of fabric to it.

I love how it turned out. I especially like how the 1920’s flavor came through, it looks properly vintage. I also like the way the yarn (Elsebeth Lavold’s “Silky Wool”) worked up, the varying nature of the crochet and knit together. The crochet is flatter, more stiff, while the knit parts are drapey and luxuriously springy, with more stretch to the fabric. (I converted it from stockinette to moss stitch, and I love the texture of moss stitch in vintage patterns.)
This has been such a major project, and it has been on the needles for so long that I admit, finishing it, I am a bit at a loss. What to knit, next? How can I sit down to watch a movie or television show, with no “Knitted Jumper” to slave away at on teeny tiny needles?Β  (Don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll find something.) πŸ™‚

I do think this has been one of my most intensive knit projects ever. (I call it “knit” even though it’s half crochet. That’s another thing I like about old-fashioned patterns, there’s less of a divide between the two crafts, and they often appear companionably in tandem with one another.)

There are a few more pictures over on my Ravelry page, for knitting-inclined people.

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5 Responses to “Why, yes, I *have* made a jumper!”

  1. ReadyThreadSew March 26, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    It’s so cute that it’s tempting me to pick up my needles/hooks again. And then I remember that whenever I crochet or knit I always make about half a sleeve and get bored with it πŸ™‚

    I wish I had your patience because it really is a gorgeous jumper.

    • handmadejulie March 26, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

      Yeah, I have some definite attention span issues, too. It’s probably a miracle this particular one survived! πŸ˜‰

  2. prttynpnk March 26, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    That is sooo pretty! I have major skill envy- it’s also a lovely color on little you!

  3. mrsmole March 27, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    WOW! How gorgeous it that sweater! Combining knitting and crochet is a knock-out!!!!!!
    The color is yummy too! You should enter it in a country fair competition and win a ribbon.

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