Basket Weave Jumper

I just finished sewing up this jumper today and I wanted to share it with MWK friends.  This is a Paton's pattern, knitted with Aussie wool Cleckheaton "Country" 8 ply.  The stitch pattern is a basket weave; the colour is a lovely sage green.  It took me 3 months from start to finish.  I found the stitch pattern tedious because of the constant changing from knit to purl stitches.  This also posed a challenge regarding gauge.

I enjoyed this project because I tried some new techniques.  First, I mucked around with the pattern in order to make it more fitting to me and not just conforming to the directions.  During the last 3 months I've lost over 2 stone and that gave me some challenges.  I am pleased with the fit and now that I've tasted freedom from a pattern, I want more!

I'd never done a jumper with set-in sleeves so this, too, was something new.  I like them better than drop-sleeves and others.  They do require some work to set them in but knitted fabric is much easier to do this than woven cloth.

I knitted the crew collar and then folded it over and slip-stitched the back.  I've always wanted to try that technique and I love the final product.  I will do that all the time as the finished look it much better than just a single layer.

The biggest challenge was doing the shoulder seam differently.  In the past, I would bind-off and then sew the shoulders together.  This time, however, I did short-row shaping and then a 3-needle bind off.  I can't believe how much better the shoulder is formed.  If you've not tried these 2 complimentary techniques, do so on your next jersey; you'll never go back to BO and sewing the shoulder seams!

I've included an attached photo of the pattern stitches.

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You are so clever. That is a nice jumper. Good for you losing 2 stone. I need to lose that too. How did you manage it, if you don't mind me asking? 

Knit away, knit away

"They say best men are moulded out of faults; and, for the most, become much more the better for being a little bad." William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

ulf's picture

What a lovely sweater and a very nicely done pattern. I couldn't really follow when you described how you did the arm. Is a different kind of binding of? I can see what I would call a constructed armhole and arm but as far as I know I increase and bind of in the ordenary way.

Great sweater, Jesse.  I like the color and the basket weave pattern, and it looks like you did a good job of making it fit.  I also like the effect of joining techniques that don't involve sewing, such as picking up stitches or attaching to a provisional cast-on.  Congratulations on a nice project.

victor's picture

Hi Jesse, Love the sweater, pattern and color. I have been using your method of joining shoulder seams and crew necks many for years. They both certainly make a neat finish.  Congrats on loosing 2 stone, I have lost 10 kgs in the last year and intend to keep it off.

Fantastic sweater, really liking the basket stitch. I agree that constantly changing between knit and purl stitches can be really tedious, I think I have given up on my ribbed sweater because of this. Well done for keeping with it. The finished result is excellent, and well done for the weight loss Smile

Awesome sweater!!!  Great job.  I agree that switching between knits and purls can get tedious but found that when I switched to continental knitting from throwing, that it is much easier. Could just be me though.


Jeff1201PA's picture

Adorable!  What a nice sweater. 

I understand what you mean about the tedium of switching from knits to purls.  I did a dishrag in that same pattern and it gives me great comfort to know that an expert knitter like yourself had the same problem.  I only had to do a dishrag's worth, I can only imagine what it would have been like to knit a whole sweater in that pattern!  I'm excited to try Luke's suggestion to switch to continental style, it's something I have been considering for awhile and the reasons to do it are mounting.

Longtime faggot, first time knitter.

Longtime faggot, first time knitter.

JPaul's picture

Nice job, Jesse!  It's great to hear you guys talking about changing whatever you need in order to make patterns work for you.  It's very inspiring.  Congratulations.