Of Course...It Is Only Summer!


 
I did this last year, although probably not in quite such an extreme manner.  Yes, the weather by and large has not been really summer like, but a chunky wool jersey in summer is ridiculous even in our temperate climate.  I did however play the game, despite itching my neck the whole time I took these photographs and promptly removing the jersey after these photos were taken.  Under normal circumstances wool does not bother me but as soon as the mercury rises I really can't handle wool.  I really can't see how it can be cool in summer.



The pattern I used is Owls by Kate Davies and is knitted in a lovely quality handspun wool which I repurposed from a jersey I made quite some time ago.  This is only the second time I have knitted in the round.  I can't say I am a huge fan of knitting on circular needles.  I prefer to knit my garments in individual pieces on regular needles.  The obvious benefit though is no sewing up which is my least favourite part of the
knitting process.



What I do love about this jersey is the back shaping.  Because of my sway back, I find unshaped jerseys just don't sit nicely on me.  This shaping is something I am keen to incorporate into all of my jerseys in future. 


I did find that my bands were a little loose and risked stretching out, so before trying on I threaded through two rows of shirring elastic through each of the bands.

My new jersey has now been packed away for the duration of the warm weather.  I do look forward to wearing it though next winter.  For quite a few years, I didn't make or wear hand knitted jerseys but really, you can't beat them on a frosty morning.

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  1. Beautiful sweater! Great idea using elastic to tighten the waistband. I would never have thought of that.

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    1. Thank you! The elastic is a trick my mother taught me.

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  2. Lovely sweater! This pattern is on my list to knit

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    1. Thank you! It is very popular and I can see why.

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  3. I love this whole outfit - with the faded jeans and the boots and the jersey. You look so casual and so stylish! The little owls... very clever :-)

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    1. Thank you! Casual and stylish at the same time is the perfect combination in my book!

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  4. Very cosy looking and fits you perfectly.

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    1. Thank you! I am sure I will be needing cosy in 6 months time.

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  5. It looks terrific, the whole outfit is stylish and classically casual. I made this same pattern for my daughter - accidently, it was supposed to be all mine, but turned out too small, and have started it again, sluggishly in summer, in cream wool ;). I hope mine turns out as nicely as your gorgeous version.

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    1. I am sure your version will be just as lovely! I hope you intend to share on it's completion!

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  6. Oh, I've always adored Kate's owls jumper so it's nice to see another version. I love it in that gorgeous cream wool. Very nice!

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    1. Thank you! I am sure the cream will be versatile come next winter. I agree the owls are adorable. I was tempted to sew on the eyes but in the end it was just too many buttons.

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  7. Looks great but its way to hot to think about jumpers here in Sydney!

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    1. It hasn't been as warm as I would like here but yes, far too warm to think of winter woollies! I do like to get my finished makes photographed and posted. The finishing of the hand knits is the problem though!

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