Knitted Skeleton Jumper

Despite the little health hiccups i’m having lately I’m still managing to keep myself busy and I’ve finished the skeleton jumper for my sister.

I used a basic oversized pattern for the jumper, (as my sister is like me in the respect that she likes her jumpers a bit roomy) and created my own chart for the skeleton pattern on the front.

Here’s the pattern I used (and adapted a bit) Skeleton Jumper

and here’s the chart (I’ve only made one for the small size jumper at the moment, will adapt it for the larger sizes later)

or heres a downloadable version in word skeleton patt.chart (small)

In total the jumper took about 73 hours to knit up and finish. It did knit up rather well. I used stylecraft special aran which has a really nice soft feel to it. I had a few hitches whilst knitting up the chart. Intarsia is not really my strong point and I leave the yarn at the back either too tight or too lose, so because there are a lot of yarn changes in this one (especially around the rib area)  what I ended up doing was leaving the yarn really loose at the back, then when I’d finished I cut in the middle of the lose bit of yarn and sewed it into the back of the piece.

Another hitch I had was that even though the jumper knitted up well and exactly to the measurements on the pattern, it is quite small so it’s only afterwards I realised that when the pattern says 40″ chest it isn’t an oversized 40″ chest but an exact fit for a 40″ chest. So I’d have to work out the oversizing myself.

Unfortunately because of the sizing it didn’t fit my sister (she’s quite busty) so no live model pictures just yet. However she is going to give it to one of her step-daughters, who it should fit so it will still go to good use.

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Progress Report 13/05

Bit of a delay with this weeks progress report, it’s been a busy weekend. Also quite a productive couple of weeks, well in the world of crafts at least, unfortunately in the world of weight loss I seem to still be suffering the side effects of the ‘down time’ I had during my cold.

Weight loss: Woohoo, lost a pound! Ok so it’s the same pound I put on whilst I was ill but progress is progress. Speaking of progress I’ve come to a bit of an impasse at the gym I’m afraid. I’m getting absolutely nowhere with this running malarky (yes I know, it’s a treadmill that’s why I’m not getting anywhere, ha-ha. My darling husband has already tried that one on me). Every now and again I feel like I AM getting somewhere and then for the next few gym sessions I’m not even reaching my usual standard, and trying to wipes me out for the rest of the day. After this realisation, I’ve reluctantly come to a conclusion that I’m just not one of natures runners, so I’ve admitted defeat in that respect. Well not so much admitted defeat but more accepted my limits, so I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I will mostly be walking rather than running ‘Race for Life’ and have taken to brisk ‘cross country’ walking instead.  I know this will probably affect my calorie burning quite a bit, so I’ve upped my level on the bicycle hoping to balance some of it out.  Let’s see what the next two weeks bring.

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Knitting project:  This one is really giving me a bit of a headache, I don’t mind intarsia but this one has ended up quite complicated, and I’ve had to make a few changes to the chart in places to make things a bit easier. The design itself has turned out fantastically, after 28 hours on the needles it looks really good. However behind the scenes is a whole different issue, too many different blocks of colour, too many cross-over yarns, the back of the piece needs a lot of tidying up. Then when I measured the piece up it’s at least an inch shorter than it’s supposed to be *sigh*.

 

So here’s hoping that once I do the back of the garment it’ll all start measuring up a lot better. If not . . . . I hope short skinny-jumpers come back in style.