Hello dears! I don’t know what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, but it has been rather warm this week, even though the nearly leaf-less trees make one feel the chill of winter just by looking at them. Such a drab background doesn’t make for a very inspiring photoshoot, so you can imagine my delight when Charlotte suggested that we go down the creek to this lovely “pink” tree to take pictures of my latest knit project. The perfect Autumnal alternative to a Springtime rose garden! But let’s get on to talking about my sweater shall we? I present to you my version of the Elinor Jumper from Australian Women’s Weekly, March, 1940.
I was first introduced to the delightful Elinor Jumper pattern by Renée and the Cat’s Meow. Her version was so lovely, and I had enough Cascade 220 Fingering yarn in a pastel shade, that I decided to give the pattern a go. This was not my first time doing lace-work in knitting, but it was my first time knitting a sweater in an all-over lace pattern. It was surprisingly easy to do, and I was actually able to memorize the stitch pattern as I went along so I didn’t have to look at the instructions at the beginning of each new row.
Don’t you just love how the pink-leafed tree sort of exemplifies the autumnal version of the original spring-time background of the sweater pattern image? I wasn’t quite sure how practical (i.e. warm) a lace sweater would be in the chilly weather of an Ohio winter, but I have found that if I wear my jumper with a long-sleeved t-shirt underneath I am quite warm and toasty. Hooray for pretty and practical!
Renée wrote in her blogpost about the Elinor Jumper that she added a button closing at the shoulder seam so that the tight neckline would fit over her head. When I read that I knew right away I would definitely have to make that adjustment too. Not only do I have a slightly large head (yes, my head is bigger than both of my sisters… go figure!), but the idea of trying to stretch a crew-neck ribbed neckline of 100% wool knit over my head just didn’t sound very idillic to me. So, buttons it was! And I just so happened to have the perfect buttons in my stash.
For those knit savvy people I will try and briefly explain how I did the shoulder closing: I stitched up the shoulder about half-way, and then finished the free edges with single crochet stitches. I went around one more time to add the buttonloops, which are comprised of chains of four crochet stitches, divided by one to two stitches in the single crochet edging.
Yarn: Cascade Yarns 220 Fingering in Sage / Needles: Ribbing knit on U.S. sz. 2, Pattern stitch knit on U.S. sz. 6 / Buttons: Stash
I am super happy with how my sweater turned out. There were a few bumps and hiccups along the way (such as discovering that one sleeve had been finished off one inch shorter than the other right before I blocked the pieces. Talk about speedy knitting!), but I finished the whole thing in approximately 5 months of off and on knitting. That number does include approximately two months of the pieces just sitting around waiting to be blocked and sewn together. Yep, I’m a bit of a procrastinator at times… 😀 But I wanted it to be cold enough for me to wear when I finished it, so you could say I finished it right on time.
AH! I can’t say enough how dreamy this photoshoot location was. The pink leaves on the tree are so gorgeous, and it causes me to wonder at how positively amazing it is that God dresses the earth in some of the hues that we typically associate with Spring, when the Autumn season comes around once again.
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Brigid, the Middle Sister and Singer