I spotted this jumper on Susan Crawford’s “Call Me Ruby” blog – Susan is a great knitwear designer with a specific interest in vintage patterns and if you’ve not seen her work before I urge you to check out her website and blog.
Anyway Susan had knitted this design as her ‘enjoyment’ project for the year – nothing to do with her her work but knitted purely for her own pleasure and because she liked the design and I fell in love with it on sight.
It’s a Faroese pattern using Faroese wool from the Island Wool company imaginatively called Model 6 – Woman’s jumper in orange from Navia pattern book 17. Knitted in the round from the bottom up, the sleeves are then also knitted in the round, then all joined together for the yoke.
The wool is Navia Duo, a pure wool blend of Faroese wool, Shetland and Australian lambswool. It is similiar to Jamieson and Smith if you’re familiar with that but softer. It’s knitted at a pretty loose tension so grows pretty quickly but blooms beautifully when blocked.
The pattern only comes in three sizes but for anyone who’s knitted a yoked jumper before it’s very straightforward. The pattern is pretty basic – I think they take a basic knowledge as read so doesn’t really lead you by the hand but if you can do stranded knitting and knit in the round you’ll be fine. The people at the Island Wool company were lovely to deal with – the book was out of stock but they sent me a copy of the pattern anyway because I ordered the wool – their customer service was excellent.
I’m very pleased with it .. I love the colours it’s bright but not overpowering, the grey tones it down somewhat. Looking forward to wearing it when the weather cools down in the Autumn!