My latest knitting project is off the needles! And on my back, well, pretty much every single day since I finished it.
The pattern is Dragonflies Jumper (that’s a link to the pattern on Ravelry) by designer Joji Locatelli. As soon as I saw the dragonfly stitch pattern I fell in love with this sweater. As it happens, the designer was having a fall knit-along in her Ravelry group, so I joined in the fun.
Here’s a look at the original pattern:
Source: © Copyright Joji Locatelli
I know, pretty big difference from how I knit it up, isn’t it! The pattern is gorgeous and well written, but wasn’t quite the style I wanted, so I gave it a vintage face lift.
The original pattern is a top down raglan, with garter stitch neckline, hem and cuffs, and a long torso. I knit it bottom up with set-in sleeves and ribbing at the neckline, hem and cuffs, and a short torso. For the body I used the pattern’s math for my size and worked out the rest myself.
You know I’ve talked before about how I sometimes like to tinker with modern patterns to give them a more vintage feel, and this is definitely an example of that!
As I mentioned, I knit set-in sleeves, but that’s actually not quite true–the sleeves aren’t technically set in. I used a method where you pick up stitches around the armhole, work a short row sleeve cap, and knit the sleeve down to the cuff. It’s a seamless way to get the look of a set-in sleeve. (I’m thinking of talking more about this method a bit in the future, if you’re interested.)
I absolutely loved working the dragonflies stitch pattern. I’m not really a big lace knitter, but it was so much fun it felt like it practically flew off my needles! And in DK weight yarn (I used Wollmeise Merino DK which is scrumptious), it kind of did. I knit this in about twelve days.
You’ll also notice another thing I did was to block the lace stitch pattern quite aggressively, which opened it up a good deal. It actually looked like this prior to blocking:
(In case you’re wondering what the two sets of knitting needles are doing in that photo, I had the stitches for the front above the armhole on a needle just using it as a holder while I worked the back above the armhole, having knit the body up to that point in the round.)
A few other knitters also blocked the lace pretty aggressively in their own versions and I liked the look, so I did the same thing. I went for a black tank top underneath instead of a nude camisole because I thought it would look like I was trying to give you a little peep show otherwise!
Here’s a funny factoid about this knit… I knit a crew neck as you can see, and when I bound off the neckline, I couldn’t get it over my head! A combination of a big head and a bind off that wasn’t stretchy enough meant I had to unpick the bind off and do it again. The second time I used Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off and let me tell you, that bind off delivers what it promises! It’s as stretchy as you could possibly want and more. Winner! I’ll use it on all my pullover crew necks from now on.
I can say this with absolute honesty: I have never knit something and then wanted to knit it again. Until now.
It was such a pleasure to knit my Dragonflies Jumper that I’m actually planning to knit a second one at some point this winter. I’ll make a few tweaks to keep it a little different than my original one: I won’t block the lace as open (I’ll need to knit a bigger body size so it will still fit), I’ll knit it slightly less fitted in general, and I’ll add a couple of inches to the length.
The color of this one couldn’t have been more at home in the woods, with the foliage that’s just beginning to turn here. I’m in love with this bright green. It’s a crazy vibrant, almost acid green. And I love every bit of it.
Hell, I’m in love with everything about this pullover!
pullover – knit by me
jeans – Freddie’s of Pinewoods
shoes – Minnetonka
vintage watch – a gift
So what color should my Dragonflies Redux be? Anything but bright red, as that’s the color of the pullover I’m knitting for my fitting a 40s pullover series. Any others are fair game. What color would you like to see me knit? Do tell!
You might get lucky–I may go with majority rules and knit it in whatever color is most popular!