11 Jun 2012
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!