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wanted to make myself  a super chunky winter jumper because I don’t currently have one and I knew it would be quick to make… Having made an absolutely gorgeous jumper last year using
Debbie Bliss’ Paloma yarn, which sadly was rather ill-fated thanks to my then 1.5 year old son, I decided to test out Erika Knight Fat Maxi. It’s slightly thicker, but I did a tension square, a few calculations I was ready. Now to decide which colour…

One of my customers had ordered 1 skein of Gunk, which is a colour I had never sold before so, I bought a pack of 10 and she then changed her mind (yes it does happen all too often) so I thought I’d make use of it. I therefore chose Flax and Gunk and decided to make a stripey jumper – I like knitting in stripes because it feels like your work grows even faster…

toolsThe jumper itself was pretty quick to make. I used 12mm needles for the rib, and 1omm for the rest, and breaking with my tradition of always using circular needles, opted for Symfonie Wood straights instead. (I find that with very thick needles it can sometimes take longer as you are constantly having to pull the stitches from the thinner wire onto the needle)

EK Fat Maxi jumperI made the back, then the sleeves and then made the front. I’m not sure why but I have always made jumpers in this order. I remember reading somewhere that it’s better to start with the sleeves and that made a LOT of sense because you have less to undo if something’s not working (either the pattern, stripes, tension etc). It would have probably saved me a lot of time if I had done it this way too, because before sewing in the sleeves, I decided to do the collar, so I sewed the shoulders together and then knitted the cowl neck. Then when I came to add the sleeves  – although I ended up doing the top part of the sleeves twice as the first time they weren’t wide enough for the gap, and it would have taken too long to unpick the collar… If I had knitted the sleeves first, then I could have made sure that the armholes were the right size as it’s much easier to add a row or two on to the front than it is to change both sleeves… Anyway, you live and learn.

jumper2This is the finished result – it’s not the most flattering of jumpers, but that doesn’t really matter – it’s meant for warmth and comfort which these days are infinitely more important to me than looking thin! Plus, with all the dreadful weather we’ve been having recently, I am always wearing a waterproof over the top whenever I leave the house 😉


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