Knitting a Christmas jumper by Christmas: An update
Hear “Christmas jumper”, think Norwegian star. This beautiful little twinkler is one of the most recognised motifs of Fair Isle knitting, first used by Marit Guldsetbrua Emstad – who you may know as the “mother of Selbu knitting” – in the late 19th century, a piece of history that the town is justifiably proud of. There’s even a museum dedicated to Emstad (who, legend has it, knitted her first pair of two-thread mittens when she was the tender age of 16. Aw!), Selbu mittens and the Selbu rose pattern.
This symbol seemed like as good a place as any to move on with my Fair Isle fantasies of knitting a beautiful jumper by December. After sitting on my sofa for a week doing nothing but the same pattern (wrong) over and over again it was a massive relief to try something different and I even read the pattern right this time! Result!
Here are my stars, don’t judge too harshly…
As my favourite Friend Chandler Bing would say: “I win, you suck. I rule all. Mini-wave in celebration of me!”
I was also intensely proud of myself for succeeding in weaving one colour over eight stitches. Pats on the back all round, with some reserved for YouTube as well. This video was all kinds of help:
Couple of questions for the old-hat knitters among you, however.
1. Can you weave your secondary colour when doing a purl stitch?
2. What’s the best way to cast off when using two colours?
This week I’m concentrating on knitting in the round. Panic stations, everyone! If you’ve got any tips to help me master the art of four needles and lots of wool, that would be wonderful.
- Knitting a Christmas jumper by Christmas (blackcatoriginals.wordpress.com)
- Fair Isle knitting with the Ministry of Craft (blackcatoriginals.wordpress.com)
- Where to find vintage knitting patterns online (apileofsheep.wordpress.com)
- Book Review: 200 Fair Isle Motifs (apileofsheep.wordpress.com)