I’m not the fastest of knitters but this jumper wins the prize for my longest-to-complete project. I started it nearly four years ago when my knitting skills weren’t up to scratch and shelved it pretty quickly. I had no idea what I was doing with all the cables and it took me about half an hour to finish every line. Fast forward a couple of years and probably hundreds of hours spent knitting and I was ready to tackle it. When I picked it up again last November I was surprised by how much better I was and ended up really enjoying all of the cables and other details in the knit.
The pattern is Shannon by Marie Wallin and I knitted it in Rowan Kid Classic. It’s a really lovely yarn to use, knitted on 4.5mm so not really slow but it still ends up looking delicate. It has mohair in it which makes it a little fluffy and snuggly looking.
The pattern is meant to be cabled front and back and all over the sleeves but by the time I’d finished the front I just wanted it done so I did a plain back and much simpler sleeves. A piece of knitting that’s cabled will end up smaller than one that’s just knitted in stocking stitch so to compensate I made a size small on the back and a medium front. The sleeves on the Shannon looked massive and I have quite small arms so I knitted an XS for the sleeves. It’s a mish-mash of sizes!
I made it much more cropped than the pattern suggests and was going to go rogue on the neckline and invent my own but ended up just following the pattern. It is slightly odd and sticks up my neck a little in the middle but I really like how it’s in moss stitch.
On my needles now is a jumper for my husband. I’ve never knitted him anything so it’s about time I stopped being a selfish knitter. Gotta say though, it’s much more boring to knit without the thought of being able to wear it at the end. I spend lots of hours on Ravelry dreaming of my next project!