My girls’ Blossom jumpers
Once they saw my amazing lace Blossom shawl knitted earlier this year, both my girls were over-excited to discover I could make such pretty things – they had been used to my rather randomly-sized, irregularly knitted self-drafted horrors (they are SO good to wear them). I therefore had the perfect excuse to use this beautiful motif and knit them two Blossom jumpers one after the other- here they are:
Blossom was designed by talented designer Anna Dervout and there are three knitting options available: a shawl, a jumper and a cardigan. The motif is beautiful but actually quite easy to knit, as on top of knit and purls they are only three stitches you need to know:
- yo = yarn over – see this video for continental method and this one for the English method
- k2tog = knit 2 together (Continental / English)
- SSK = slip slip knit (Continental / English)
I had found the shawl quite complex, as on top of the lace you needed to manage increases, to create a triangle. So I must admit the jumper was a huge relief! – you just need to repeat the same motif several times, without too much thinking.
To avoid mistakes, I had the genius idea (only for the second jumper though!) to put a knit marker at each motif beginning. It increased my knitting speed considerably, as I was able to identify mistakes immediately rather than go a full round before. I also used markers for my sleeve decreases.
My first version was the pink one. The technicalities are the following:
- Needles used: 3.5mm for ribbing and 4mm for body and sleeves (a size below the one advised by the pattern but my knitting is very loose).
- Yarn used: knitted in double-year, using Drops baby merino light pink 05 (6 skeins) and Drops kid silk light pink 03 (5 skeins). This is a yarn combination similar to the one I used for my shawl and I love how soft it is to the skin.
- I used the second size of the pattern with no modifications whatsoever.
I was actually quite disappointed by this jumper for several reasons:
- First and most obvious, it is far too big!! I think I made the mistake of underestimating the loose aspect of the pattern – and neither I or my girls are into loose tops!
- Second, I dislike the dropped sleeves shape – it was visible on the presentation pictures of the designer but I did not pay enough attention.
- Third, the sleeve opening is far too tight – 15cm, while for my (very fitted) Chuck jumper it is closer to 19. I should definitely have checked before!
But on the other hand I was enamoured by the motif and the yarn combination. And as my older daughter was very keen to get her jumper, I knitted a second one! And this one is just… PERFECT!!!
- I reduced substantially the size – one size below the smallest recommended, with only 4 motifs at the front and 4 at the back (in case you are wondering my daughters, despite being two years appart, are the same size – which also happen to be my size, how convenient is that!).
- I shortened the body length to what my daughter liked (bottom to under-sleeve is 37cm) – was it for me it would be even more cropped.
- I increased the sleeve opening to 19cm.
- I shaped the sleeves using German short rows, using the technique of the Chuck jumper – not more dropping shoulders!
Obviously it took me so long to write this article that I have now another two Blossom cardigans knitted now… but awaiting buttons to be introduced on my blog. Given how long mails takes currently, I may well post them in the middle of the summer… Of well!