First Stranded Knitting Jumper

I’ve spent the first part of this year knitting scarves and beanies (dog forbid I should ever again find myself doing these again), all the while thinking about doing some multi-colour knitting. After reading, reading, & reading about it, I finally got up the courage to give it a go. I first experimented on a smaller version (see pics of the 16” doll and jumpers), figuring that if it all went pear-shaped there was a minimal loss of time and materials. Bloody hell, things seemed to go pretty well and I took the plunge and made a jumper pattern I’d been admiring for some time. It is called “Fonn” (that’s with an umlaut!), whatever that name means; maybe Lars can translate?, from the “Reynolds Lopi” Volume 25. Although seamless/circular sans steeks, I was keen to try this recipe because the yoke is done with the decreases spread around rather than done as a raglan decreases (is there a name for this method?) Let me say here that stranded knitting was like learning to knit all over again! I fumbled with the needles, fabric and 2 strands of yarn. And what about tension/gauge? I did the stranding with both hands and discovered that I have difficulty keeping the left hand strand looser than the right. Actually, this wasn’t much of a discovery since I knit faster with the left and I knew that when I knit rapidly, I knit more tightly. So, there was a significant amount of tinking and even so, I do have some puckers that didn’t come out in the washing and drying (blocking) process. I was actually grateful that I didn’t have smocked yoke at the end! Now, to confess just in case some of you have this pattern book and notice my big screw-up: I did the pattern opposite so that it is a photographic negative image – in other words, the stars should have been white and there shouldn’t have been white bands. I’d like to say that it was done purposefully and with artistic license but it was really just a screw-up – aren’t the white boxes on the graph supposed to be white wool? Guess not.

So, I’m loving this stranded knitting stuff and have bought the wool for my next jumper. I intend to do the same pattern but this time I’ll do the stars properly. I want to practice my tension/gauge to get it spot-on. I can see why knitters get hooked on multi-colour knitting.

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MMario's picture

I like the negative effect - it makes the whole thing a bit more abstract. Beside, the top three rows look like lanterns
and the bottom row like crossed plungers. Not something you'd see any just any jumper.


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ronhuber's picture

What a wonderful job. It is more addictive than smoking. Congratulations.

TomH's picture

Beautiful. Congrats.

Kerry's picture

Stuff up or not, it looks great.

JPaul's picture

Nice job, Jesse. Even the practice pieces are wonderful!

grandcarriage's picture

I think you did a wonderful job. I like how the pattern lines up row upon row. I think if I did this, I would add a course of the last row around the cuffs of the sleeves, and maybe a couple rows of the light color in the ribbing at the bottom of the torso. It's a whole lotta solid color....but aside from that, very very cool. I think you did a brilliant job. I'd like to do the white part with a light variegated yarn or a Noro type. That would be really cool.

Anyone here know the book on fair Isle called (I think) "Sweaters from Camp".

My 2cents, and I'm paying....

Celowin's picture

I'm trying to think about what the "correct" version would look like, and I think I like your mistake better. I certainly like the look of the bottom band a lot the way it is, but the top three bands might look better the proper way.

Hmmmm.... I wonder what it would look like alternating the bands between negative and original...

At any rate, fantastic work.

I still am hesitant to try my hand at it. Congrats to you! You are a wonder-knitter.


Fönn is Icelandic and means snow. Icelandic has many words for snow and I guess this means the wet type ;)

It's a really nice pattern

Hi, your work looks fabulous, i was just wondering if you were local? that is near dunedin? i thought you had made a dunedin comment in an earlier post but just can't find it now. I am really keen to see how the icelandic yarn version goes, being a colour work and ez fan myself.

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kiwiknitter's picture

OMG! You're a kiwi! I've been waiting for over a year for another NZ'er to join up! I'm in Chch and will be in Dunedin on Monday for an overnight stay! Welcome to MWK! Cheers, Jesse

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