Thursday, 1 March 2018

Knit me a CRAZY STRIPE JUMPER

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It's the last week of February 2018 and the UK is a victim of "The Beast from the East".  The icy weather this week spirals in from the Arctic bringing icy, cold Siberian winds and heavy snow to parts of the country. 

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Yellow warnings and Amber warnings for snow have been in place for the north-east and south-east since Monday and will continue to the end of the week, the far north and parts of the south-west have been issued Red warnings from Thursday into Friday. Temperatures have dropped below zero and the white stuff is entertaining for some and for others, it is not only a curse but could be life-threatening. 

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I am so glad I don't need to be anywhere or go anywhere, the car is parked in the garage and I can enjoy walking in the snow to my heart's content. I love this white stuff and getting out to take photos and crunch my way through the fresh powder snow, is absolutely fabulous! 

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Yesterday I wore my newly finished Crazy Stripe Jumper, under the blue all weatherproof jacket. I loved making this multi-coloured jumper so much, I am going to knit a hat to match, and maybe even a scarf or a skirt? Oooh, I may even have enough yarn to make a longer jumper which could be worn with tights? Who knows I am having so much fun with these crazy colours, all the colours are leftover from the large 400g balls of Aran yarn I have in my stash, and it is a refreshing break from crochet.

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The pattern for my Crazy Stripe Jumper is an old favourite from Lion Brand website and it's called Radiant Sweater (Knit).

PATTERN DETAILS:

Skill Level: Experienced
Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X
Finished BustS - 34in (86.5cm); M - 38in (96.5cm); L - 42in (106.5cm); 1X - 46in (117cm); 2X - 50in (127cm) 
Finished LengthS - 22in (56cm); M - 22.5in (57cm); L - 23in (58.5cm); 1X - 23in (58.5cm); 2X - 24in (61cm)
Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease 100 grams 207 yards(189 meters)
Yardage:  1035yd (946m) to 1863yd (1704 m)
Circular knitting needle size 9 (5.5 mm), 24 in. (60 cm)
Pattern Notes: Body is worked in the round to underarm, then sleeves are joined to work the yoke. Sleeves are worked back and forth in rows on circular needle. Construction schematics are provided.

How I knit my Crazy Stripe Jumper

Yarn and needles:

Using the knit pattern above, I first chose my yarn, which would have to be from my stash of Aran yarns, most of them were Hayfield Bonus Aran with Wool, leftovers from the giant 400g balls. Next, I chose my circular needles, 5mm because they matched the recommended size on the yarn label. Then I proceeded with knitting up a swatch, photos below.


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Yardage: 

Total 465g = 977m (1068yd)

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Tension:

Using my chosen yarn, Hayfield Aran with Wool and 5mm circular needles, my tension swatch was slightly different from the original pattern - 17sts and 26 rows to 4in (10cm). Therefore I followed the instructions for Size 1X for the Body, and for the Sleeves I wanted them to be narrower around the wrist, so I started with casting on 46sts (which is for sizes Small and Medium) and I finished with the right number of sts for the 1X size sleeves. 



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Measurements:

I needed to adjust the length of the body of the jumper up to the armpit and the length of the sleeves and also changed the width of the sleeves for a narrower fit. 

My jumper measures: Body 17in (43cm) from beginning to Armholes; Sleeves 17in (43cm) from beginning to Armholes; and 11in (28cm) wide at the wrist. Bust 42in (107cm), Total Length 26in (66cm)


Pattern Notes:

Apart from changing colour every few rounds/rows, I also changed the stitch pattern, nothing complex just a different combination of Knit and Purl stitches, as well as making each block of colour a different depth, and I knit both sleeves at the same time.


Recommended:

I think this is a fabulous easy knit pattern and a great pattern for the first-time attempt at yoke knits. Also, because I adjusted the measurements to suit me, I can't honestly say whether the actual original pattern measurements are accurate. However, overall I love this knit jumper pattern and it would also look stunning in one colour for a sophisticated classic knit. Are you thinking of giving it a go? Then follow this link Radiant Sweater (Knit).

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Enjoy!
ciao, ciao!
Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet   www.crocknit.com

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