My lovely little local yarn shop YAK held a jumper-along for the last 10 weeks or so. The idea is that you are in a small group with a teacher and each pick out a jumper pattern. The fact you have a teacher guiding you, means you can choose a challenging pattern and then get advice on yarn choices and swatching.
When I thought of what I wanted to learn it was all about seaming. I have never knitted anything flat before. Well actually I had knitted a sleeve flat before and tried to seam it with mixed results.
Another thing I was fascinated with was a cropped jumper and all over cable patterns. So I decided on Ondawa. This pattern is basically 4 rectangles that get seamed up into a boxy sweater.
The way the jumper along worked was great. It is over 10 weeks and you meet 5 times in this period for 2 hours on a Sunday. I will really miss the get together with the group, although most of us will still see each other at the local knit night I am sure.
I learned so much during this knit along because we each had different patterns. Things I got to experience and learn were:
- Three needle bind off
- Reading charts and knitting from them
- Importance of swatching
- Steeking techniques
- Cables and colour work!
- General inspiration for other patterns in the future
I actually finished my jumper and we have another get together Sunday in a week, so I will continue with another one.
The mods I did were:
- Knit third size in sleeves
- Knit 2 inches more of pattern repeat of sleeves
- Knitted smallest size
- Knit the front piece about an inch longer than pattern
- Kept front and back stitches live piece for three needle bind off. ( I did wrong sides together creating a ridge which I kinda like)
- Back piece will be mostly twisted rib but keeping the cable from the triangle in the bottom ribbing as I’ve seen in another post.
- Back piece 2 inches longer for hi-low hem
Some pics of my finished jumper below and more on my Ravelry.