Saturday, January 23, 2016


I have a new jumper!  Iris is a top-down, raglan sleeve jumper knit in a gorgeous French Blue cotton yarn from Knit Picks.  When I saw Roisin's beautiful blue Chuck, I knew I wanted something similar to add to my handmade wardrobe.

All I've wanted to knit lately are short sleeve jumpers to wear with my high waist trousers.  It's a simple look that makes me feel polished and is kind to my sore joints and skin.  I have a standard 'formula' for knitting garments for myself. that I cobbled together from this handy sweater generator and this pattern

I used the pretty lace design from the Genevieve pullover to make my lacy scalloped collar and the construction technique from the Camille sweater.  I added my increases in the sleeves and in between the lace pattern in the front and back using standard yo, k1 or k1, yo depending which side I was working. After separating the sleeves, I kept the same eyelet pattern by using k1, k2tog, yo or k1, ssk, yo as above.  I really like how the lace pattern pulls the eyelets into gentle curves.

While I was knitting this jumper, the panels of Japanese Feather lace reminded me of ripples on water and I wanted a suitably water-like name for this project.  In Greek mythology, Iris is one of the goddesses of the sea and sky. She travels with the speed of the wind from one end of the world to the other. That definitely felt appropriate.  I finished it with simple 1 x 1 ribbing.

It's a really comfortable jumper to wear and the cotton yarn means that I can wear it to work, too, where the heat is usually much higher than I'd like!  I do highly recommend Knit Picks' Comfy and Shine Worsted (not paid to share that, just passing it on) as they are a delight to knit with.  Nothing rope-like about them as they glide over my needles really nicely and they don't split easily.  The nicest thing is that I can throw them in the washer and dryer (on low heat) when I need.

What's on your needles?

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