Okay! So here’s the next installment of Knits I’ve Been Working On But Haven’t Blogged About. (It’s terrible I know… It seems that I can knit faster than I can blog, so I have to keep catching up. After this one there are just a few more small knits I think, and then we can go back to regular ‘real-time’ blogging with the current WIPs.) For now… It’s a finished Eastlake jumper!
The pattern is from Norah Gaughan Collection Vol. 3. It caught my eye when I first saw the previews on Ravelry, and I knew I wanted to knit this ‘someday’. Turned out I managed to make this earlier than I expected, as hubby gave me the perfect yarn for it as an early Christmas present (taking advantage of Morris & Sons’ sale). He then kept asking me, “Aren’t you going to knit with the yarn I gave you?” How can I say no? It is a most lush yarn after all. It’s Lana Gatto Super Soft in an olive colour, which is indeed super soft, the texture and feel of the yarn is similar to that of Filatura Di Crosa Zara yarn (which is one of my favourite yarns), for those familiar with it.
I made a couple of modifications with this. The first was to make the eyelets around the leaves smaller, and eliminating the eyelets that go across the body altogether. This was so that I can wear it even without a layer underneath. (Not my idea, I saw this mod on soknitpicky’s project notes on Ravelry and thought it’s a great idea.)
The second was to make it with long sleeves instead of the three-quarter length sleeves on the pattern. I’m just not a big fan of three-quarter length sleeves, as I seem to be forever tugging them down or pushing them up my arms.
I have to say, I’m very happy with the result. I love this jumper! It has lots of little details — the leaves column down the front, the detailing on the sleeves, the A-line shape, the neckline construction — that make the jumper just that much more interesting than other ones that I own. Once the weather gets colder I’m sure I’ll get lots of wear out of this.
Pattern: Eastlake by Norah Gaughan. (If you make this, do check the pattern corrections as there are a few.)
Yarn: Lana Gatto Super Soft, colour #13340 (olive), 9 balls.
Needles: 3.75mm and 4.5mm addis