Navia Jumper

I have finished my Navia jumper!  The beautiful Faroese wool that can be purchased from The Island Wool Company is wonderful: soft, warm and easy to knit. I used a pattern by Malan Steinholm published in Navia Book No. 17.  The sleeves needed adapting slightly to shorten them, and the length of the body also required altering. I made a few modifications to the zigzag pattern too, to ensure it “matched up” on the sleeves.  I just need to wait for the weather to cool to wear, which probably won’t be long, knowing our Scottish summers! 

   
     

Owls!

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!