Knitting WIP: Sun-Ray Ribbing Jumper

It’s been a really long time since I’ve done a knitting update on what I’m currently working on, so today I thought I’d share a bit of my knitting progress with you all.

I cast on the Sun Ray Jumper while I was on vacation in Florida:

Sun-Ray Ribbing Jumper via Ravelry

I know I should be focusing on my 40’s cardigan that I started forever ago (last seen in this tutorial), but I caaaaan’t help it.  The weather is getting a bit warmer out and I can’t focus on a cardigan or any winter-weather knits for that matter.  Unfortunately, this seems to happen to me quite a bit; more frequently with knitting projects than sewing projects.  I’m thinking it’s due to the length of time it takes to knit a cardigan vs. sewing one up.  I guess on the plus side, it keeps things interesting on this here blog.  Yes?…. yes????….maybe?   heh

As I was going through my stash of yarn looking for a suitable yarn, I pulled out some Rowan Cashsoft in Navy that would work well with my fall 2011 wardrobe palette as well as wearing it in the spring.  This is when I realized that this is the same yarn that is used on this jumper!  That never happens!!!  I honestly don’t think I’ve ever used the same exact yarn that the pattern calls for on my own version.  Craziness!

Anyhow, this is where I currently am on my jumper:

It doesn’t look like much yet… but it’s slowly getting there.  I’m finding myself spending more and more time sewing in the evenings instead of knitting.  I used to be able to count on my commute-time to and from work to get some knitting done.  But during the cold season it’s quite difficult to knit while wearing a puffy coat and even a wool winter coat.  I’m hoping that will change very soon as spring starts to break in and I can squeeze out a bit more time for my knitting.

So far the only changes I made to the pattern was to knit this in the round instead of knitting the front and back separately.  For this pattern, I don’t see the need to knit each piece separately, and the ribbing is continuous instead of being broken up by the side seam.  The gauge was a bit tricky to establish in this pattern since the gauge is measured over a ribbing pattern; measuring over both knit and purl stitches.  As usual, I found that I had to go down 1 needle size to get the desired gauge as the pattern.  But if I happened to measure slightly off on this one, it really won’t make too much of an impact.  Ribbing is very forgiving and is meant to stretch; so if the jumper is a bit too big/small the ribbing will accommodate either situation with little ill effects.  That being said, gauge is still important and I did 2 swatches to get it to match to the pattern.

I know I’ve mentioned Ravelry before, but I don’t think I’ve gone into any great detail about this site.  If any of you are beginner/intermediate knitters and if you’re not currently a member on Ravelry, I highly suggest you join.  It’s free and it has a wonderful community of knitters and reference materials.

Before I begin any new project whether it be a modern pattern or a vintage one, I always check on Ravelry to see if someone else has knit the piece before.  You can search the project pages to see if anyone else had any issues with the pattern, you can see what their yarn they’ve used to see how it looks and behaves on someone else before purchasing it yourself, and you can find out what alterations were made and if there’s an errata.  And if that wasn’t enough you can even ask people questions about their adjustments if you need to.  It’s a wonderfully supportive community, many (if not all) people are always willing to help or can point you in the right direction.  If I haven’t sold you yet… they have tons of free patterns on here for both knitters and crocheters.  :)

For the record, I in no way am sponsored by Ravelry.  I just think it’s an awesome website/forum community that if you’re knitting you should totally be a member!

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Comments (15)

  1. Lauren March 12, 2012 — 1:12 PM

    Man, I just saw the picture of the knitted jumper and I thought, “OOOOH let this be a free pattern!” Drat! Looks like I have another reason to buy that book :)

    Can’t wait to see this made up – I think it’ll be stunning on you, especially in that color! And I totally hear ya on not being in the mood to work on certain projects – if you’re not feeling it, you shouldn’t have to force yourself to do it. Especially if it’s gonna be too hot for a cardigan soon anyway :) It’s a hobby; we should enjoy our hobbies!

    1. Liz March 12, 2012 — 2:27 PM

      Sorry… I wish this was a freebie. Totally put this book on your wishlist, it’s chock full of lovelies! You won’t regret having it now that you’re a knitter. :)

      I feel like the longer it takes to do a project I get less enthralled with it and want to do something else… The good thing is that I usually end up coming back to it eventually. :) Hope your sewing mojo is back, btw!

  2. Tasha March 12, 2012 — 1:54 PM

    I know I would definitely not be the knitter I am today if not for Ravelry. :)

    That’s a beautiful color for this project! Can’t wait to see more of it. I’ve always loved the neckline of it.

    It just takes soooo much longer to knit something than sew, I know I get easily distracted. I’m longing for spring knits but I need to finish my current Stitch in Time pullover (long way to go), though it’s in a spring-like color. And then my VCK fair isle pullover, but that gets slowed down by lack of time to document each step. I suspect I’ll be finishing that when it’s way too warm to wear it. lol

  3. Ginny March 12, 2012 — 2:03 PM

    I’m working on the same one in a deep claret red. I’ve done the front and haven’t yet brought myself to cast on the next piece (I hate casting on so very much!). It’s currently glaring at me from the living room shelf lol.

    By the way- check your pattern carefully, apparently some print runs have a couple of errors. This Ravelry project covers them as well as some clarifications on instructions:

    My copy seems to be correct mind you (bought just before Christmas so I’m assuming they’ve made corrections) but just in case yours isn’t!

    1. Liz March 12, 2012 — 2:23 PM

      Thanks Ginny! I have that project saved in my favorites to refer to. I’m pretty certain my copy has errors on it. Before I get to the next set of increases I’m going to have to check back on the projects page for reference since I think the stitch count is off.

      Yours is going to look gorgeous in red! I wish I had a red yarn in my stash since it looks so bombshell in that color.

  4. Jo March 12, 2012 — 2:06 PM

    Ooh I really like that pattern. I think it will be really flattering on you- I think it is great for emphasising the top half of us pear shapes (sorry if you don’t like to be labeled pear shaped but I feel like you’ve pretty candidly discussed your body shape in the past right?- besides, it’s a beautiful shape :) )

    1. Liz March 12, 2012 — 2:22 PM

      Oh yes! I’m 100% pear-shaped. No worries about saying so. I think with all sewing and knitting, it makes one much more comfortable in their own skin and realistic about our shapes (myself included). In adolescence I used to dislike my curves and wish to be thin and narrow, but over the years I’ve come to embrace it and now it’s just matter of fact. So I totally don’t mind being labeled as a pear since that’s what I am. :) I just try to work out several times a week to stay healthy and fit to be happy in my own skin.

      I didn’t think about it, but I think I agree, I think this pattern will help balance out my hippy-hips. :)

  5. Meg March 12, 2012 — 2:07 PM

    This will be so lovely on you! I adore the neckline!

  6. Anthea March 12, 2012 — 2:15 PM

    I love it, the neckline is awesome!

  7. I’m trying to finish off my last winter sewing and knitting projects before it gets too springy here. Can’t wait to cast on my spring knitting project and break out my fun spring fabrics.

  8. Lauria March 12, 2012 — 4:42 PM

    It’s nice to see another knitting post! Great pattern choice!

  9. erin March 12, 2012 — 8:40 PM

    I am trying my best to resist buying that book :) … your blue yarn is gorgeous.
    Ravelry is great resource for cross-checking on knit designs. I think I should explore ravelry more – there are groups that do lots of interesting stuff.
    By the way, I just posted a 1958 pattern for a lace cardi. Do drop by to take a look if you are keen.
    Hope it’s nice and warm where you are today!

  10. Rachel March 13, 2012 — 8:39 AM

    WOW, that is beautiful!!! I took up knitting a couple of years ago and did very well. Then, I fell off the wagon, but I am desperately wanting to get started back.

  11. Bex March 15, 2012 — 11:05 PM

    I know exactly what you mean about the sewing vs. knitting. I seem to go through phases of preferring one over the over :)

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