This is my final post of 2013 and is my fourth pattern release, as promised. I hope you’ve been enjoying this and that I’ll see you in the new year.
For my final pattern of 2013, I’m excited to announce that I’ve published my first full jumper pattern – and it’s for men!
This is the first design I ever did – it’s fair to say I’ve learned a lot since I first wrote this pattern, so I’ve made loads of changes to help you along the way. Thanks to the willing guinea pigs who modelled this jumper at my first ever photo shoot – what better activity for a Sunday. We had a lot of fun getting some shots.
Perfect for relaxing, standing by a tree…
Staring out into the distance…
Or if you prefer, a Man-O-Action…
I hope you like this jumper as much as I do. It’s done in a simple, easy to remember, traditional gansey stitch pattern, with some clever construction details that help it fit well at the armholes, accommodating the more modern drop sleeve. It’s sized from 32 – 60” chest so there’s plenty of range to fit any of the men in your life.
This is a modern-style gansey jumper, knit in the Wensleydale Longwool DK, which is a gorgeous wool from a funky sheep breed, born, bred, and spun all in Yorkshire. I’m pleased to be able to support the history and the current livelihood in the area through this jumper. Get some curly locks for yours from the Wensleydale Sheepshop – it comes in a lovely range of traditional colours, with a bit of spark and that special sheen.
The Wensleydale tends to look a bit fine on the needle when first swatched up, so don’t worry if you can see a bit of air between your stitches. Be sure to give it a bath before you check your gauge (as recommended in the pattern), as the stitches fill out and can change the tension a bit. Try it with the recommended needles first, block, then change if needed. Here’s a closer look at the stitches:
I don’t know about you but I always knit a January jumper for myself or a loved one – why not try this one? Great knit for quiet moments over the Christmas holidays.