Seamless Jumper with Modified Boat Collar

I just finished this seamless jumper this morning.  It's made from the E. Zimmermann formula as found in "The Sweater Workshop" but I chose the pattern and "designed" the collar myself.  The colour is a beautiful aquamarine and tweed which may or may not show well on your screen.  The wool is 8 ply and I used a 4 mm needle.  I was very gratified to discover at the end of it all that my gauge and the measurements were spot-on.  I did a simple "horizontal dash" pattern which I thought went well with the colour.  I wanted to do something different with the collar; I thought that it should somehow be horizontal rather than vertical.   I made the boat neck and then knitted a few rows of garter stitch.  Then, I finished it off with a 2 stitch I-cord.  I'd never done that before and if you've not yet tried binding-off with an I-cord, do give it a go as the finished result is absolutely stunning.  It took me 3 weeks to knit this which proves that circular knitting is so much faster than flat work.

The sleeve is a semi-fitted sleeve from the book; the pattern and I had difficulties almost from the cuff.  The first sleeve proved the expression that one has to kiss a lot of frogs to find the prince - I frogged the bloody sleeve back multiple times until I found a way of working it that satisfied me and didn't create nan flaps. 

 As you can see, I'm having a lot of fun with the EZ method of knitting.  I think the most important thing I learned during this jumper is that I didn't have to treat my knitting as if it were fragile.  I learned that it has lots of spring and bounce to it and that I could maipulate it as I wanted.  This was especially true as I did the I-cord and grafted the last 2 stitches down as well as when I was grafting the underarm area.  In fact, thanks to being more in charge when doing the Kitchener stitching, the seam is perfect and absolutely invisible.


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Kerry's picture

Jesse, the jumper looks great. Is the wool NZ?

kiwiknitter's picture

The wool is Aussie: Cleckheaton "Country". 

My knitting is totally tubular!

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

ronhuber's picture

What a great looking sweater.  I am also a devoted fan of EZ.  Wonderful work on the neck.

MMario's picture

I'm not sure if the colour enhances the pattern or the pattern enhances the colour - but it's a great combination!

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VillageKnittiot's picture

I'm going to tell Jackie that you're doing EZ's sweaters!  What sort of difference is there between EZ and Jaqueline Fee's techniques? Any? All?

Sweater looks great!  I'm still only 3/4 of the way through the JF's Sweater Workshop sampler.

kiwiknitter's picture

My understanding is that Jackie Fee was a student of Mrs. Zimmermann and with the latter's permission, uses her methodology for calculating stitches and etc in her book "The Sweater Workshop".  Because this jumper is not in the SW book, I attributed my ability to do it to EZ.  I can't say what differences there may be between EZ and JF; I've read both books and I found that JF's book made the technique understandable for me.

My knitting is totally tubular!

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

Look at you go!!!!

Fantastic sweater Jesse. I love the colour and the pattern looks great. I agree with MMario, they really do compliment each other beautifully.

I'm impressed Jesse. The raglan seems look really very neat. That was raglan seem A right??

I cant wait to start another sweater, I've just finished one of a pair of felted clogs, so when they are done my next project is a sweater for steve. All the best Jesse.


Absolutely wonderful "jumper". Are you familiar with Budd's THE KNITTERS HANDY BOOK OF SWEATER PATTERNS? Very basic shapes that can be combined with charts to calculate various stiches/yarn/gauge etc.
Great job!