Many years ago a longstanding friend gave me some oddments of chunky yarn. I kept them with my stash until I saw a knitting pal's sweater made using chunky yarn. I liked the simple design and decided to make a jumper using the same pattern. I feel the cold terribly and thought a jumper made using chunky yarn would fit the bill.
There wasn't enough yarn of one colour to make anything overly stylish. I decided against stripes but opted for blocks of colour. Thus was born Joseph Jumper #1, completed in early 2011.
|Joseph Jumper #1 front|
The design is easy. Any suitable commercial pattern for a jumper can be used. Any alteration to the pattern is just to make sure that there is an even number of stitches on the needle, including the front neck, back neck and sleeve tops.
Then work the first half of the stitch count using one colour and the second half of the stitch count using another colour, joining the different colour yarns where they meet across the row using the intarsia method. Change colours as desired.
For Joseph Jumper #1 I tried to match the colour sequence on the front, back and sleeves as best I could.
|Joseph Jumper #1 back|
|Joseph Jumper #1 left sleeve|
|Joseph Jumper #1 right sleeve|
Unfortunately for me there came a time when I made a mistake when laundering the garment causing it to stretch. One of the yarns was a natural fibre, even though it didn't feel like one, which didn't take kindly to machine washing or tumble drying. This yarn shrank and felted. None of the oddments had ball bands.
The jumper is now worn by my husband who, I must add, gets good use of it.
|Joseph Jumper #1 February 2017|
My husband wore the jumper to one of the knitting groups I attend and I was asked to make two more, this time using double knitting yarn
Joseph Jumper #2 was to be passed on as a gift. Shades of blue were requested. As before I tried to match the blocks of colour on the front, back and sleeves. It was completed in August 2015.
|Joseph Jumper #2 front|
|Joseph Jumper #2 front and left sleeve|
|Joseph Jumper #2 left sleeve|
|Joseph Jumper #2 right sleeve and front|
Joseph Jumper #2 was well received by the person who ordered it and, as far as I know, by the gentleman who received it. Blue being my favourite colour I decided to make one for myself but have not got around to it yet. There is a big bagful of blue double knitting yarns sitting there waiting.
Joseph Jumper #3 was requested in shades of pink. I had made a jumper for this lady previously and had some yellow, burgundy and brown left over. These colours were used as well as the pinks which would otherwise have been overpowering. Again I tried to match the blocks of colour on the front, back and sleeves. This was eventually completed in April 2017.
A problem with this jumper was trying to find different shades of pink. There were plenty of pink yarns available but all the pinks from one manufacturer were the same ~ or almost the same ~ pinks offered by all the other manufacturers. The recipient was pleased with the result.
|Joseph Jumper #3 front|
|Joseph Jumper #3 back and right sleeve|
|Joseph Jumper #3 back|
|Joseph Jumper #3 right sleeve and front|
|Joseph Jumper #3 left sleeve|