Well goodness knows how long it’s taken me to get creative and blog at the same time, but at last here it is!
I am having a go at knitting, and not just blanket squares of a scarf! I am having a go at a jumper. I have always been tempted to have a go, but being a person of very little patience and given that I have no understanding of how a knitting pattern works or what the abbreviations mean it’s a big task to take on!!
But as is so often the case in my life, MIL the great and wise G’ma A has the remedy for me – a jumper with no pattern and of such simple construction that even I can’t get it wrong. Little does she know what a dim wit she is dealing with.
It all started just because I found some pretty coloured wool very cheap. Of course had to buy it and then plan what to do with it later. I pondered, scarf, maybe try a wooly hat, blanket squares but they all seemed so dull. I needed a new challenge (‘cos life isn’t complicated enough!) So looked at a pattern, and decided that they are obviously written in some weird foreign language which no-one has ever taught me to read.
However as I mentioned G’ma A had a plan and explained the concept of a jumper she has knitted several times in the past. so here goes (and if it doesn’t work its she fault not mine!!)
Thickish wool, chunky needles
Cast on enough stitches to match a measurement taken from round your wrist.
Rib stitch enough rows to make a cuff of desired width
Then knit on as you like in any combination of knitting and purling that you like. The important thing is to cast on a stich every row so you end up with a growing triangle.
Once you reach a length which measures from your wrist to the centre of your shoulders then start reducing the each row in the same way all the back to your wrist and the rib stitch.
Ta da – a jumper/shrug call it what you will. The thickness of the the wool and size of the needles with obviously vary the size and dimensions.
I’ll let you know all know how I get on, but given that it took be about 5 years to finish the last knitted square blanket I started, don’t hold your breath!