The pattern can be found here: Glampyre Knits as a download. I have issues with the pattern layout. Japel has squeezed the whole thing onto one page. WHY??? Isn’t the advantage of internet publishing that space can be used extravagantly? The first time I knitted this I didn’t understand the start of the pattern: a few extra words would have sorted that out, but hey, that would have stretched the pattern out to 2 pages. And she doesn’t bother with instructions as to how to finish it off: ‘Work neckline trim if desired’ but no instructions for doing this. Why not?
Anyway, having begun with that gripe you will have noticed that I said ‘the first time I knitted this’. Yes, I have already knitted it twice. The first time in Camissimo by Karabella. This is such a lovely yarn – discontinued I think – no fun to knit, but a finished product which was just what I wanted: a baggy, live-in winter jumper. And I did just that – lived in it – until I FELTED AND SHRUNK IT after only a few months. I had been throwing it in the washing machine without an issue. I believe my error was in putting it in front of a raging gas heater one time – this was the shock it couldn’t stand.
So, sob, I needed another jumper in this pattern but a different yarn. Actually I had more Camissimo but I short-sightedly sold it to a friend. Hence Easy V-Neck Raglan Mark II. My plan initially had been to make it out of some Karabella Aurora Chunky I’d picked up somewhere – but I realised at about the chest that I had nowhere near enough grey for that. What to do? In the end I combined some old Bouton D’Or red yarn I had left over with some Blue Sky Alapaca Suri in Earl Grey. Knitted them together in some vaguely Fibonacci stripes and voila:
and a close-up:
For once I feel like I can say this one is better on than off. You can’t see it on Edwina, but the red with the grey suri is a slightly smaller gauge and pulls in the jumper nicely about the waist. Blind luck, I assure you. I’ll try to post a picture of it on sometime.
My really exciting news is that I’m on a mercy flight out of the armpit of the universe, aka Surfer’s Paradise on Saturday. Realising my desperation, Virgin Blue has changed the flight to an hour earlier than when we booked. How’s that for an understanding airline?