I’ve been working on and off again on this jumper for 2 years now – but I’m happy to say it (was) worn quite regularly this whole summer and I’m in love with it.
The completed Aqua Waves Jumper!
Here’s the link for the Aqua Waves Jumper Pattern pdf so you can make one for your very own!
What took me so long to complete it? Well… long story short, I didn’t cast on the correct number of stitches for the sleeve ribbing. The good rule of thumb is cast on 2 stitches for every 3 stitches you come across. I knit the sleeve ribbing up twice – and failed. I stuck true to this golden rule the third time with great success.
My favorite part of this jumper (besides the color) is obviously the main design feature: the waves & surplice neckline. How could it not be?!
The pattern is written to include a short wavy neckline, this was knit flat and seamed together both at the center back and also seamed around the back neckline, just to the shoulder seam.
I really didn’t make too many alterations to the pattern. I remember I raised the armholes (done by working the armhole increase stitches later than pattern stipulated) and altered the eyelet pattern so I could work in the round.
Directions for changing the pattern to work in the round, can be found on the original pattern post here.
I used cascade heritage yarn in the merino-silk blend in ‘aqua foam’ for the body and ‘snow’ for the white accents. The tiny bit of silk (15%) gives the jumper a lovely sheen, a bit more stretch, and lightens this up for summer wear.
Yes, I did wear this jumper, happily in the summer! No, it wasn’t on 90 degree days, but I was very comfortable when the weather was 75 degrees.
Since I’m wearing a high-waisted skirt, I folded down the jumper at the top of the ribbing section. But it can be worn folded up or pulled all the way down. (I went back and forth, depending on what I was wearing on my lower half.)
While I did wear a white camisole underneath this jumper, the eyelets are probably small enough that I don’t have to worry too much about being to ‘risque’.
This is one of my favorite knits now! It’s too bad I can’t wear it all year long. Another knit project happily completed!
It’s beautiful! I love the collar! LOVE! And, the color is gorgeous on you!
Beautiful work. I’m so jealous of that color combo. I really need to get to work on some jumper knits myself.
It’s so pretty! Love the way the wavy front continued to the back neckline, giving the back a delicate lacey touch.
Love, love, love this! So wish I had your mad knitting skills!
Wonderful! I especially love the neckline. Very flattering!
Very bright and flattering! The neckline is just beautiful.
So pretty, Liz! Well done!
It’s so so lovely! The collar is DIVINE, and the color if very you, of course :) Well done!
I love your vintage knits :) I’m starting on my first ever vintage knit right now-hope I get as good a result as you! I am a bit confused about your sleeve ribbing, what do you mean cast on 2 for every 3? Do you mean the stitches were picked up and knit from the edge of the garment? :)
It’s lovely! The white looks so good against the aqua.
It’s so pretty!
I would love some tips on picking up for ribbing or necklines, armholes etc. I am never sure just how many to pick up to make it look just right.
You have the best taste in choosing patterns/garments. This makes me want to learn how to knit beyond the knit and purl stitches!
Liz this is TOO CUTE!!!! What a perfect little sweater, and an even more perfect shade of blue. That it definitely your color!
Thanks so much Rochelle, this is one of my favorite knits and went so fast.
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