My first wearable hand knitted jumper

I hand knitted a jumper that I will be wearing, my knitting life might actually  be complete. The real achievement is finishing a long project, the fact I can wear makes it almost extraordinary. Not so long ago I was not knitting or crafting a lot. Starting a project was a lot of effort, and trying to finish it was exhausting. I always had a ‘create’ section on this blog, not really knowing if I would actually create on my own again.

Hand knitted jumper Folksy by Melody Hoffman

I knitted cardigans and jumpers for the kids, but never a wearable jumper for myself (I knitted one which turned out with a super wide neckline). So I surprised myself when I told Melody that I wanted to test her pattern. I had been eyeing Folksy since she posted her dark blue/pink version. Also I never thought I would have to actually test knit. She could pick any knitter probably. Still I received the email, had a deadline (that I missed but not really) and had to start knitting.

Thankfully I already have some Rauma 2tr Gammelserie in 4 colours for Christmas stockings (a project that went wrong – because of the pattern not me), and I could start straight away.

I do not have a lot of comments on the pattern. I followed the pattern mostly to the letter, commenting to ensure that the pattern worked once released. The pattern is quite easy to adapt though. It is a great basic top down comfy jumper patter to have in your knitting library. I would make the sleeves less wide, and I made the body a bit longer.

hand knitted jumper Folksy by Melody Hoffman

What I actually love about this project is that my hand knitted jumper is actually quite affordable – it has less to do with the pattern and more with the yarn that it uses. It costs around £50-60. I can see that this might not seem that cheap, but it is in hand knitted terms, the yarn is actually meant to be hardwearing, so I am expecting a lot of wears. I might knit all the kids jumper in this yarn in the future – I have a few balls spare of Rauma left over. The yarn exists in 22 colours – so many combinations are possible, just check the ravelry page for inspiration.

Next on my list is a baby blanket for my niece who is expecting in the next couple of weeks. I love knitting for babies, it is such a special gift to give (as long as it is not too late after the actual birth). I will post on instagram about my progress and here for the finished item.

Pictures: Canon 1000F | 50 mm f/1.8 | Kodak Gold 200


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