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After a short break, I am back here and with some knitting!! Finally! Here is the second pattern from Hannah Fettig’s book, Texture: Jennie Drop Shoulder.
what is it?
I had a huge crush when the Texture book from Hannah Fettig was released. I like every single designs and seriously intended to knit them all. Unfortunately, after knitting two, I am not so sure that I will carry on.
I already mentioned it on the West End Cardigan article, I found the techniques used a little bit old fashion. I was still very motivated when I started the Jennie Drop Shoulder.
I really liked the design: a boxy long jumper knitted with a texture stitch using a fingering weight yarn. However, the struggle started directly with the gauge. I was a bit off, slightly too big (even though knitting with 3.25 size needles instead of 3.75). Nothing major but as the smallest size was already meant to have 15cm of positive ease (when the pattern recommends 10), it worried me. Especially as, looking at the woman modeling the pattern, it was boxy enough.
I hesitated and finally decided to go for it after comparing with the chest measures of the Boxy jumper (which is a very wide 160cm).
I haven’t got any trouble with the instructions, even though I modified some of them (see below under “Is it modified?”). You have to be patient when you start a boxy jumper, knitted up with 3.25 needles and a texture stitch! Believe me!
At the end,I am happy with my new sweater but some little things pull me off a bit:
– however my gauge was a bit too big, the look of the sweater is nowhere near as boxy as the one shown in the pattern (I knitted the same size). It is not as long either, though I lengthen mine by 4cm. I like it the way it is but is a bit disconcerting.
– I have a massive discrepancy with the yardage. The pattern asks for 1350m of yarn so I bought 4 skeins of Leizu Fingering (1540m).I have only used 2,5 skeins in total so around 950m. I have a full skein untouched and that’s a bit annoying.
– Some steps are described very quickly, such as the neckline. It is only mentioned to pick up an even number of stitches. A bit more information would have been appreciated.
And as already mentioned, some of the chosen method to finish the jumper are a bit old fashion in my opinion. I have looked more carefully at the other patterns in the book and they are all the same: knitted from the bottom up or flat. Not my favorites.
how is it made?
I have used the Leizu Fingering from Julie Asselin in the Dapple grey color way.
These skeins were offered to me by my friend Coralie (Cocotte knits on social media) for my last birthday. Such a kind gesture!
This yarn is a real bliss: 90% merino wool, 10% silk. It is nice and so soft, with a little shine. I love it!
which size is it?
I have made the smallest size but I could have gone up for a real boxy jumper.
is it modified?
I have made a few alterations:
– I have lengthen the bodice by 4cm
– I have reduced the numbers of rows for the neckline and the ribbing.
– I have replaced the shaping of the shoulders (scale bind-off) by using german short rows and three needles bind-off. I found it much neater.
are you happy with it?
I am really happy with this jumper. I love the texture stitch, I love the yarn. I would have liked it a bit more boxy but that will do!
I finish this article with a picture that I like especially as it was taken by my little boy.
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