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February 10

My Nancy Jumper

Nancy, a stand-alone pattern from Susan Crawford has long been in my queue to knit up.  It is such a charming jumper, perfect for a chilly spring or fall.

Nancy Jumper

I had all sorts of bits of extra Excelana yarn after making Tasha’s Victory Beret (yet to be blogged), that I knew I wanted to try to use them up.  Since this jumper called for the same yarn in several of the colors I needed, I decided to stick with the original colors.

Nancy Jumper

I could have modified a couple of the colors to what I already had in my stash… I just couldn’t bring myself to alter it.  The color scheme is a major reason why I love it so much – I really can’t see it any other way.  After getting my yarn & pattern purchased, I was off to the races.

Nancy Jumper

I now have to admit: I completed this pretty little jumper last Spring.  I finished it just as it was getting warm out, so I was unable to wear it until the weather turned cold once again this past fall.  And….well… then I realized I had absolutely nothing to wear with it.  This pretty little jumper ended up an orphan in my closet.  :(

Nancy Jumper

My Nancy jumper was a smidgen too long for my full skirts.  I also don’t have any color-appropriate slim skirts in my winter wardrobe that would match this either.  Nothing that I had in my closet seemed to work with it.

As I was shopping for my Paris trip last September, I bought these cute little cranberry pants and I knew they would work with my top.  I know they’re not a 100% match, but after having this jumper languish for so long, I was fine with a 90% color match.

Nancy Jumper

Pattern Modifications:

When I was inspecting the pattern instructions, one thing that stuck out to me was how wide the sleeves were at the armscye/bicep.  I believe I cast on for the set amount of stitches & quickly realized it was just too large for me.

Even though I re-figured the entire sleeve and the fit is better than the original, I am still not completely satisfied with the fit.  The more I make raglan styles, the more I am dissatisfied with how they fit on my shoulders/upper body.  I just hate having that extra fabric at my armpit-fold area.

Additionally I decided to knit (just the sleeves) in the round.  This took a bit of refiguring as the pattern stitch was written to be knit flat & I had to modify the stitch pattern to be knit un the round.  Knitting a sleeve in the round gave me every opportunity to fit as I went along.  If I were to knit them flat, I wouldn’t really ‘see’ how they fit until I went to seam them to the bodice.

As much as I dislike the extra-fabric-at-my-armpit issue, I’ve worn this sweater all fall & winter long.  Since we’re having such a mild winter this year in Chicago, its given me the opportunity to wear this little jumper all season long.

Nancy Jumper

Other Updates:

As you know, I’ve haven’t been posting very regularly on my little ‘ole blog.  There have been so many distractions in my life lately that this is the last thing I had time to do.  Many of you have surmised that I’ve been too busy to sew or knit – which I have to say is NOT the case.  I am ohh soo backed on posting my projects, that its kinda crazy.  What I have been pretty decent about is posting quick pics on instagram.

As 2016 is now in full swing I’m recommitted to braving the cold, setting my hair, and getting outside to take some photos of my makes (also known as making Felix come outside to take my picture.)  Stay tuned for more as I get my act together to share with you everything that I’ve been up to.

Cheers & happy knitting.

  1. Donna / Feb 10 2016

    Very cute! I love the bow on the sweater!

  2. Meg / Feb 10 2016

    ITS SO FANTASTIC! Love it with the pants especially. So glad it’s not an orphan in your closet anymore!

  3. Sarah / Feb 10 2016

    Beautiful! I especially love the red border.

  4. Tasha / Feb 10 2016

    I love this on you! It’s such a pretty sweater, and I like it with the cranberry pants. Would look equally lovely with a cranberry or charcoal pencil skirt if you made one! I’m the same way with knitting sometimes, when I see the perfect color combination I just don’t feel there’s any way to improve on it, and want to knit it just like that!

  5. Hélène / Feb 10 2016

    Adorable! And your new hairstyle is nice too. Is it your natural colour now?

    • Liz / Feb 11 2016

      Thanks Helene. My hair is actually a natural ash blonde, I used to be a very light blonde but it’s gotten darker over the years.

  6. K-Line / Feb 11 2016

    It’s totally adorable but, gotta say, I don’t do Susan Crawford patterns anymore (despite that I love to look at them). I find the patterns badly instructed and sometimes badly drafted. My time is too valuable. I’d rather do a Custom Fit sweater (even though I have my issues with that system too) because the outcome is much better for me, fit-wise.

    • Liz / Feb 11 2016

      Thanks Kristin. I hear you on this… I’m so used to ignoring directions/stitch counts and just doing my own math that sometimes what I produce isn’t necessarily a reflection of the pattern/pattern drafting.

      For me and raglan styles – I have yet to find a pattern that was drafted to fit ME. I just can’t increase/decrease every other row like the pattern says to and expect it to fit me at all. It’s a constant challenge to ‘fit’ patterns whether sewing or knitting.

  7. Michelle / Feb 11 2016

    I LOVE this sweater on you! It came together beautifully. I’m glad you stuck to the color palate, because I truly think it’s gorgeous!

  8. Liz / Feb 12 2016

    That sweater is magnificent. And you look really cute in it.

  9. Elena Knits / Feb 12 2016

    This top looks wonderful on you, and the colors are so flattering!

  10. bonita / Feb 16 2016

    I think it’s great how you stuck with the colourway; it’s such a pretty combination, and yes ~ it goes perfectly with your pants ~ 90% matching is a win if you ask me. :) ?

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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