Having seen the wonderful Owls jumper by Kate Davies Designs, knitted up by the Ginger Twist Studio yarn shop in Edinburgh, I decided I had to knit it for myself. So, when I spotted the Rainbow Heirloom stand at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival (EYF), I knew I had found the perfect yarn for my jumper: chunky alpaca in OOAK Golden. There was one problem, though, there were only 4 skeins left! So, on the spur of the moment, I bought them all and decided to knit a sleeveless jumper instead!
Using KDD’s Owl jumper pattern and Vedis Jonsdottir’s wonderful free vest pattern from the Istex website, I cast on with my 6.5mm needles. The yarn knit up beautifully as my hybrid pattern evolved. I substituted the rib bands with moss stitch rounds. And, having attended Helene Magnusson‘s fantastic course in shaping Icelandic Lopi sweaters at the EYF, I added a number of extra rows to the back section after I had cast-off for the armholes and was knitting the front and back sections separately. At the top of the Owl cable pattern, I added a round of purl stitches between the Owls’ ears, and a complete round in purl to finish off the cable motif. Finally, having increased the length of the back earlier in the knit, I could omit the short rows.
The finished result took a while to block as the garment is really thick! Deciding on the buttons for the eyes took ages. But, I eventually selected small shiny shell buttons with just two holes for thread, and sewed them vertically to look more “eye-like”. I’m delighted that the end result is a wearable, warm, yellow, sleeveless jumper!