I have literally been on fire with the amount of knitting I have gotten done over the past couple of days, I have gone from complaining about unfinished projects to having two lovely new jumpers in no time at all! You saw my completed Briar Rose a few days ago, but this most recently completed project has been going for quite a bit longer, so I'm thrilled that it's finally done!
This jumper was knitted from the pattern "Enchanting in Black and White" from the wonderful book "A Stitch in Time", the third jumper that I have made from this book and I love each and every one! As you can see from the picture below I stuck to the original colours for this sweater, my version is pretty much identical to the pictures in the book.
|The original version of this sweater|
I love the black and white combination, it's a nice neutral look without being boring and bland. Plus the contrast between the types of wool is pleasing enough without over complicating things with too many different colours!
This pattern was really lovely to work with, the different stitches (stocking stitch for the main body and then a lace pattern for the yoke and sleeves) keep things interesting as does the use of contrasting yarns. One thing I would say is that this pattern falls prey to a fairly common problem with "A Stitch in Time", and that is that it is only printed in one size. Now this was fine for me as the size on offer was my size, but I can imagine that this must be rather frustrating for those who cannot alter knitting patterns and who need a bigger or smaller size. This is an issue that is promised to be resolved in "A Stitch in Time, Volume 2" (have I mentioned how extremely excited I am about this book??!) which I think is a great testament to it's writers - they are giver their readers what they want :)
I paired the sweater with my red pencil skirt today, and although I liked the look I feel it would be better suited with a fuller skirt, so I think a circular skirt project may be on the cards for me some time soon!
I below picture shows the yummy lace detail of the yoke of the jumper, and also the crochet of the neckband (my first foray into crochet work, and I enjoyed it!). I should probably apologise for how posy these pictures are, but I'm not going to :)
Jumper - made by me, "Enchanting in Black and White" from "A Stitch in Time"
Skirt - made by me
Belt - Topshop
All pictures taken beautifully by my long suffering Sweetheart!