This is the jumper that I made for Alex last Christmas. It was a particularly busy time last December, and I thought that, if I simply didn’t mention it, my boys might just forget that they normally get something knitted from my at Christmas. I thought it might just be possible to avoid one of our family Christmas traditions: the one that involves me finishing off a sock or a glove at 3am on Christmas morning while Steve finishes wrapping the presents.
Well, that plan backfired on me rather spectacularly. Somewhere in the middle of last December, Alex asked me if I had started making anything for him for Christmas, and that if I hadn’t, could he have a jumper? At which point Will chimed in saying how much he’d like a jumper too, and could his one be a Fair Isle tank top? Also by Christmas? I didn’t quite manage that, but they both had their jumpers by the middle of February.
Here are the details of this sweater:
Pattern: Fjord, by Marie Wallin, published in Rowan 42.
Yarn: Berocco Peruvia Quick. Gorgeous yarn, just completely lovely. It doesn’t show in the photos, but each colour contains flecks of the other colours in the range.
Notes: Although the jumper turned out pretty well, this is not a pattern I’d recommend. I altered it quite significantly (although unfortunately I can’t remember all the changes). I think it is a salutary lesson, if you are browsing for patterns on Ravelry, to look at the number of people who have already chosen to make that pattern. Anyway, this version is Ravelled here.
This year? This year my boys will both be getting socks. And I’ll start knitting them soon – before they come up with any more ideas of their own!
amazing! It looks SO good. It just makes me want to do some big fair isle project RIGHT AWAY!
It is lovely and it is nice that they still like your knitting, There are quite a few nice ones in the dalesman that I have seen but my DH says handknits make him too hot. The only other male is too little. Inigo is wanting a harry potter sweater v desperately so he is next I just have to find the perfect yarn.
i lvoe that your boys want and wear handmade knits
they look a lot alike
(or is that Will and i’m just a ditz?)
That is lovely, and gives me hope my daughter will still want hand knitted items at that age!
That’s a lovely sweater! Well done. At least it’s a heavy yarn, so it was fairly speedy to knit? But yes, start socks NOW!
Your sons are both so adorable and their personalities shine through in their choice of knits. I love both the jumper and the tank top (and the charming proper UK terms for both that mean something entirely different here) and think you did a great job with the knitting and the parenting
Another great knit for a grateful son who loves your knitting. Looks so great. I wish my husband would wear a fair isle or similar jumper or vest. I’d be on that in a flash!