Hello everyone! so in my last brief post, I mentioned I was working on a new design, and here it is! I have called it the Vatsland Jumper, and that’s where me and Dad went to take the pattern photos. I’m so pleased with how this design has turned out from my head to the sample, it just looks exactly the way I imagined!
I’m not a big lace knitter but there is something I like about working Shetland Lace in thicker than normal yarn, so knit this jumper using Brooklyn Tweed Shelter – a worsted weight. I think the combination of the lace pattern and the way shelter kind of melts together once it’s washed is a perfect combination, the lace is a basic Shetland new shell (like these scarfs) which always looks more complicated than it is – I love to knit yokes as we know but a couple of months ago I was thinking about putting a pattern along the bottom of a jumper with a simple raglan top and this is what I came up with! It is knit in the round from the bottom up but if you are like me i.e allergic to purling you can work the lace portion flat and seam up one side, I also worked my garter stitch cuffs and neck flat too and seam those rows – so if you are normal and don’t hate to purl with a reckless abandon then just work them in the round.
I went for a cropped boxy shape with 3 quarter length sleeves, I wanted the lace to be what stands out so for the cuffs and neck I have used simple garter stitch, I think this way it doesn’t detract from the lace and as the texture is quite similar it ties it together – I hope you agree! I also kept two stitches at either side worked in garter stitch – I think this also helps the different elements of the jumper work together.
I must say though, I find the lace part of the jumper so photogenic! (own trumpet.. toot toot) I used four shades in total in the sample: Sweatshirt for the main shade with Snowbound, Hayloft and Sap as the contrast colours – but I think it would look really subtle and beautiful in one shade. I have started a second one in…… take a guess……. greys of course. So I will look forward to showing that to you soon! Due to the repeats of the lace I have sized it in seven 4″ increments from 30″ up to 54″, I am wearing the 34″ bust with no ease but the shape would lend itself to 2 or 3 inches positive ease no problem.
So you can find the Vatsland Jumper on ravelry here! Happy Knitting xx