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Pattern: Snowdrift Jumper


Another pattern unleashed on the world! It’s been a good year for my knitting and I’m happy to end it on a high note with this jumper. Fair isle as far as the eye can see! It’s an incredibly warm knit and it turned out even classier than I imagined when I started knitting it for the first time. Don’t you just love it when that happens?


Always being on the look out for new construction techniques, I can highly recommend the ‘fake’ tubular ribbed bind-off for the collar on this jumper. It’s dead easy, looks neat and has none of the stretch that a ‘real’ tubular bind-off has. This makes it ideal for pockets, or in this case, square necklines that need to hold their shape.

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Pattern Notes below!

Sizes: To fit Bust Size 28 (30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50)”
Actual Bust Measurement is 28 (30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50)”

Yarn requirements: Very elastic DK yarn, preferably wool

Total: 941 (1009, 1076, 1143, 1210, 1278, 1345, 1412, 1479, 1547, 1614, 1681) yds
MC yarn: 561 (601, 641, 681, 721, 761, 801, 841, 881, 921, 961, 1001) yds
CC yarn: 344 (368, 393, 417, 442, 466, 491, 515, 540, 564, 589, 613) yds

Suggested Yarn

Excelana Luxury DK wool (126yds/116m per 50g ball, 100% Exmoor Blue wool)
5 (5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8) balls in Persian Grey
4 (4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6) balls in Alabaster


3 sets of 80cm circular 3.75mm (US size 5)
1 set of 80cm circular 3.5mm (US size 4)


24 sts/ 28 rws per 4″ square on larger needles, in both Charts A and B.


Waste yarn
Stitch markers x 4
Yarn needle


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FO: Snowdrift Jumper


So can you tell I’m pleased with this one? It is a jumper that has sprung into my head and sprung out again in a relatively short time, and it totally works! Fair Isle everywhere, just like in my dreams!


My ideas for a faux-seam even worked out ok too, hiding the jog in the colourwork/shaping and neatly bordering the yoke pattern. I think it looks sort of like I’m wearing a strappy vest over a regular jumper from a distance (a cami-jumper?)

Also, I will continue to bleat on about how great Excelana yarn is until you are all using it for colourwork projects because it is great – it is so, so smooth and warm and stretchy once it’s been blocked out. There was a point in this project where the unblocked sleeves were making me a bit nervous because when I tried them on they were cutting off the circulation somewhat. They had a lot of long floats and very little stretch but after a good wash and a ruthless blocking they were ok. It is good when sleeves do not cling onto your arms like chinese fingertraps.

Now I seem to recall I had some other knitting lying around somewhere. I’m off to look down the back of the sofa…


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All Fair Isle, all the time

So here’s a quick little update on how the super-cosy-winter-jumper is going. (I still don’t have a proper name for it yet.)


I have knitted one torso and one sleeve! They’re sitting on separate cables at the moment, waiting for the day when I finish the other sleeve and the whole lot can be worked in one go. That little swatch at the top may just give you an idea of where I’m going with this…


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FO: Tactleneck

It is done! The largest bloomin thing I ever knitted, or sewed – one tactical turtleneck for a very special birthday boy.

So here’s to another year, T! Kisses! I’m dedicating the following song to you:


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Assembling Your Tactleneck

I would’ve called this post “Assembling your modified drop-shoulder jumper that is also knitted entirely in ribbing” but I didn’t think it was catchy enough. As you can see I’ve done a whole bunch of knitting for T’s jumper. Over 70,000 stitches of knit 2, purl 2! I have a new sympathy for the knitters of ridiculous Christmas jumpers now; A couple of reindeer would have made this 50% less brain-melting.

But now it’s time for sewing. Drop shoulder jumpers are pretty easy to sew together, but a little strategy is needed when the fabric is made of super-elastic ribbing.

First the shoulders (I’m doing all the sewing in mattress stitch). Now is a great time to go plonk the neck opening over the head of your recipient to check it fits (it totally did!).

Next, the sleeve heads. The nice thing about drop shoulders is that you can just sew the whole thing flat. But first you have to tie/pin that stretchy ribbing in place! I personally like using bits of scrap wool I can untie as I go along. Here I’ve fixed the centre, and all the corners.

You can keep things even by sewing half the sleeve head at a time. Start from the centre and work outwards.

Remember that knitted fabric has roughly 4 rows to every 3 stitches in a given length, so try to sew through 2 rows of the body after every 3rd stitch through the sleevehead (if that makes sense). The corner needs a few extra reinforcing stitches too. Knitted corners get all the stress!

So after attaching both sleeves you’ll wind up with a gigantic expanse of knitting. Fold it in half and voila! It magically looks like a jumper!

Then it’s just a simple case of sewing up the sleeves and sides in one nice continuous seam (but not one continuous piece of yarn, it’ll get really ratty by the end). At this point you are completely justified in fixing yourself a good stiff drink.

That’s a lot of stitching to do. Over 400 rows worth. Maybe I should stop calculating these things beforehand?

…Oh and there’s still the neck collar to knit…


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The first project of the year

Just before Christmas I bought myself a massive bag of awesome discount Drops Nepal yarn. It was just what I needed for a jumper pattern I’ve been coveting since it was published: Beatnik, by Norah Gaughan.

So before the holidays ended and I was still bumming around my parents’ house in my new tartan pyjamas (courtesy of Santa) I knit the sleeves. In seed stitch. In four days. Record!

Progress on the body is distinctly slower, mostly because I have gone back to work, but also because it is a seething mass of cables. It’s a very involved pattern with a lot of steps to memorise. Worth it for such a gloriously textured result though:

Beatnik Jumper WIP

You will never know how much lamp-wrangling it took to make these cables show up on camera

Though it feels like a bit of a slog at times, it’s going well. I’m almost halfway way through and it’s still winter! At this rate I will be able to wear it during the first half of 2012.

I would also like to show off another thing I have bought recently, though it has nothing to do with knitting. It is an indie graphic novel and it is freakin beautiful. 450 pages of fantastic artwork and story.

Rice Boy comic

It is Rice Boy by Evan Dahm, the first of three comics set in the fantasy world of his creation, Overside. They are all available to read for free online (the third is currently ongoing), so if you enjoy sprawling, whimsical, psychedelic adventure stories you should absolutely go have a read. And maybe buy the print version? Because webcomics are all well and good, but seeing 450 pages of fantastic artwork in your hand all at once is spectacular.

Rice boy detail

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FO: Jocosa Jumper

Hello! I hope you all had a marvellous Christmas! England remains bereft of snow, but no matter, because I’ve had a lovely relaxing holiday anyway. The fridge is full of delicious leftovers and there’s been lots of quality family time. My little brother brought home his shiny new Xbox Kinect and I played Fruit Ninja ’til my arms almost fell off. But I now hold about 75% of all the high scores so it was worth it. Also, I got a wool voucher for Christmas! Gosh, how did my parents know???

Now, as for that jumper I’ve been working on…it took a bit of frantic knitting and sewing, but I did it! I made a whole jumper in time for Christmas lounging.

Jocosa jumper

Yes I am very festive here

I deem it a success! It’s comfy, it’s the right length to wear with jeans, people even complimented it before they realised I’d knitted it too!Jocosa Sleeve

This is the photo that shows the colours best I think. The sleeves were the trickiest bit because I had to recalculate the sleeve cap to make it fit the larger yoke (all because I did not wish to faff around with neck openings!).

The original pattern also called for a massive amount of stitch increases right after the sleeve pattern was finished. I found that quite odd but I pressed on anyway. Sometimes you get knitting instructions that make no sense at the time! It worked out though, so I guess I have learnt a new way of increasing the width of short sleeves?

I seem to have posted quite a bit about this one jumper! My Ravelry project page has all sorts of detailed photos on it if you would like to see more.

All that remains now is to relax for the rest of 2011 and maybe finish off the Christmas pudding. Cheers!


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