What we're making: Maria

June 24 2014 – thisisknit

Next up in our continuing series of staff posts, Maria tells us about a gorgeous jumper, the power of persuasion and the joy of knitting garments that fit! When it comes to knitting, I have a tendency to go for shawl patterns involving a single skein of sock yarn and a very loose interpretation of gauge. This approach has generally yielded more pretty neck pieces than I can reasonably expect to get around to wearing. But hey, they’re fun to knit, and that’s the point! Right? Okay, confession time... years ago, after a few disastrous attempts to construct a garment that actually fit (tension square? what tension square?), I gave up. I decided handknit sweaters were not in my repertoire. I became a knitter of shawls, (and the occasional pair of socks), and that was that. However, it turns out you’re never too old to be susceptible to peer pressure, and when Jen and I came across this pretty little pattern, we decided that we would do it. Both of us. At the same time. So I couldn’t chicken out! The pattern is called Snowflake, from TinCanKnits, and it’s just lovely. Jen used a beautiful combination of Louisa Harding Orielle and Malabrigo Arroyo (she has a thing for the hand-dyes!), and I plumped for Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino (because I already owned some. Okay, a lot. And I wanted an excuse to buy some of the purple. Cuz it’s pretty). A top-down knit, try on as you go, pretty lace yoke for a bit of interest and detail. Using a finer yarn on slightly larger needles, it knit up surprisingly quickly! (Even more quickly when you’ve Jen in your ear constantly nagging. I mean encouraging. Yeah. Encouraging). The end result? A finished garment. And it fits me! I am ridiculously happy with this FO! It turns out I know how to knit stuff that fits, who knew? Of course, given the temperatures at the moment, it’ll probably be a while before either of us get to wear our sweaters in the shop! But we’re okay with the sunshine... we’re just a little better prepared for the autumn now, too. And sure if we start to feel chilly, I think there might be a shawl or two hanging around that we could use...



  • MariaG: September 16, 2020

    Aw Grainne, I dunno, I think I might let myself have a wee break and just knit a shawl or three first! ;) Seriously though, will definitely be knitting another garment. Soon. Ish. :)

  • annemone: September 16, 2020

    Looking good maria, top down is soooo much easier to fit! Try an all seasons cardigan- can’t go wrong

  • thisisknit: September 16, 2020

    Glad you found it Fiona! We’d love to run a KAL for this pattern – maybe closer to the Autumn? We’re actually just about to announce another KAL topic, otherwise we’d be straight to this one…

  • Leslie Fehr: September 16, 2020

    I really like this pattern! I’m a big fan of top down sweaters – not only to they fit perfectly, the sleeves are always the proper length! I would opt for a one color sweater based on my age and body shape. Saying that, however, I would also like to try knitting this in two tones of the same color.

  • Grainne: September 16, 2020

    Oh wow!! Sure ye look only gorgeous!!! Love the tops and of course the expert modelling :) its like a photo from Dublin Fashion Week!
    Also excellent job on making a garment to fit! So what top is next??

  • Fiona O'Dea: September 16, 2020

    Gorgeous!! Pattern please!

  • Fiona O'Dea: September 16, 2020

    Actually have just downloaded the pattern; would be great as a This is Knit KAL!!

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