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Jessica Joy

Knitwear designer, teacher and author

I fin­ished my Kate Davies’ Owl jumper last week­end, and I LOVE it! It turned out to be quite the happy acci­dent… well, that’s being too kind. I made two humungous mis­takes in my siz­ing and gauge, but mirac­u­lously they can­celled each other out. It was more a lucky escape!
Knit­ters will have no sym­pa­thy for me; in my rush to start I spec­tac­u­larly mis­read the size I needed, like four times too big (?!). I didn’t notice my mis­take until 2/3rds up the first sleeve, so why did the body fit when I tried it on? I was knit­ting four times tighter than the gauge called for in the pat­tern. Oh, holy wow! Heck — it worked out ok, so I’m happy. Truth­fully, as my first adult jumper, i’m just relieved I can wear it in pub­lic. The fact it’s cute is a bonus!
If I made it again I think I’d skip the side increases at the waist, to nip it in a bit.  A lot of rav­el­ers have men­tioned the pooch and tried var­i­ous ways to get rid of it.  I’m quite nar­row on top so prob­a­bly don’t need the extra room!
The owls were so fun to knit, they’re really quick and have loads of char­ac­ter. I didn’t have enough but­tons for them all, so I picked one lucky toot who got eyes.
Being toasty warm, I’m going to store my new knit ’til the tem­per­a­ture drops a lit­tle. Although on a breezy sum­mer day, like this, it was most wel­come!
 So, note to self — READ the pat­tern, and swatch in the round — it’s way tighter than flat knit­ting! Lessons learnt.

Credit to my pho­tog­ra­pher!

  1. Dit Dot 11 June 2012, 10:16 am

    Jessie, it’s a mas­ter­piece of knit­ting cre­ativ­ity! Sym­pa­thies extended to the other eye­less toots, or are they asleep with one on guard?

    • Jess 11 June 2012, 10:23 am

      Thanks, DD — I like to think they’re sleeping!

  2. Jessi 11 June 2012, 12:01 pm

    It is so beau­ti­ful! I want to make it too!!

  3. faye 12 June 2012, 7:08 pm

    I love it! What yarn did you use? It looks so cool with just the one owl with eyes — I find that the eyes on mine catch on things some­times (and a cou­ple need tweak­ing before they come off). Mine is my favourite jumper, it’s such a fab design isn’t it! :)

    • Jess 12 June 2012, 7:42 pm

      I used King Cole, value chunky — first time i’ve used acrylic but I’m a bit sen­si­tive to wool jumpers, so thought it would be less itchy. Really love it though, I couldn’t believe how smoothly it went! I just found yours on Rav­elry — love the colour. Your projects are amazing! :)

  4. Sophie 13 June 2012, 9:55 pm

    Ahhhh, so CUTE! Cute, toots! ;)

    I really love the one owl with eyes, I feel like all them hav­ing eyes would have been too much. Like they were star­ing you down or some­thing! Hehe.


    • Jess 13 June 2012, 10:23 pm

      Cute toots, I like it!

      I agree, it would be way too intense if they all had eyes. They’d get up to no good. :)

  5. Mina 15 June 2012, 2:44 pm

    I found your blog via stu­dio meez’s, and it’s adorable. This jumper caught my eye right­away — I pur­chased the pat­tern a long time ago and never started, cause I was too afraid of the huge project (and too impa­tient to knit a sam­ple). But your out­come is a good reminder that it can turn out great anyway!

    • Jess 15 June 2012, 11:29 pm

      Thanks, Mina! You should go for it — it’s really so quick, I think only a week, pick­ing it up when­ever I had free time. I’d love to see the result if you do! :)

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