That Rowan jumper

July 19, 2013

According to Ravelry I finished this one back in May (what?!) but that was when I started studying like a maniac for my exams, so I haven't even got around blogging about it yet!

The jumper is the beautiful Finna design from Rowan's Nordic Tweed booklet, the same booklet I knitted my Halla jumper from. The yarn was a christmas present from my parents.

Pattern: Finna
Book: Rowan Nordic Tweed 
Yarn: Rowan Tweed

This jumper has quite a development journey. I initially started it in April 2012, planned to make it in pieces just like the pattern stated...and stumbled on a problem: the sweater was way, way to big. I could have probably fitted twice in the front-panel alone! So I frogged and casted on again with a dramatically smaller amount of stitches. Guess what? Still to big. It was then that I lost my nerves with this piece. I got distracted by other great patterns that didn't had me recalculating stitchnumbers and stressing about fit.

Fast forward a year, I was tired of all that pretty yarn just sitting there idly on my shelf. I exerted my brain to the max and reworked this sweater to be knitted in the round. I recalculated the jumper to a better amount of stitches and off I went. In the end I'm happy with it, but I'm not hundred percent satisfied with the sleeves, which (surprise!) were way to big. My advise when you want to make this design: look trough everyones pattern notes on ravelry, make a swatch and listen to it!!

The Rowan tweed it is made with is amazing!! The colours are beautiful and I love the way it knits up. The yarn softened quite a bit after a first wash. I will certainly use this yarn again. I think for tweeds there isn't really a match for Rowan. I mean some of the big tweed brands aren't available here (I'm looking at you Brooklyn Tweed) so I can't speak for them but from what I've used so far this one definately tops the bunch.

The pictures were made by my brother on a walk at my parents place, when it was still early summer and one of the first nice summer days we had. It took a while before summer actually started (the weather's been abnormally cold), but now we have a small heatweave and I would not think of having to take pictures of a dk wool weight sweater! How is summer at your place? Any big holiday knitting plans?


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