Knitting a Christmas jumper by Christmas
I’m a bit obsessed with Christmas jumpers at the moment, even though summer is well on the way (?) and the festive season is a long way off. I recently went on a Fair Isle knitting course and, I’m ashamed to say, didn’t pick up my knitting needles again for a couple of weeks after struggling along for three hours with continental knitting style. But I’m determined to get to grips with this traditional form of knitting and what better way to do so than setting myself a bit of a challenge.
So I plan to knit a Christmas jumper by Christmas 2012, although I have a long way to go before I reach this rather lofty goal. I’ve been practising following patterns and working on knitting with two colours by making some swatches (I’m not quite ready to actually start making anything yet.)
Here’s my first attempt:
And my second:
Third time’s a charm:
My fourth try:
Here’s the pattern I’ve been working from:
If anyone can tell me why my swatches don’t look like the pattern, I’d really appreciate it. I’ve done it four times now and only my third attempt looks right. I can’t figure it out, so if there’s anyone out there who knows the answer, please let me know!
- Fair Isle knitting with the Ministry of Craft (blackcatoriginals.wordpress.com)
- How-To: Fair Isle Knit Hat (craftzine.com)
- Knit, knit, knitting away at Jocosa (apileofsheep.wordpress.com)
- Andrew Salomone’s Bad Christmas Sweater Exhibit in London (craftzine.com)