Ravello completed in only 10 months!

The silhouette of this jumper is right up my alley, its Ravello by Anabel Kraemer.

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Loose from the waist down, neat from the boobs up, slim armed, stripey goodness. Ravello is knitted top down, quite a challenge because I am no expert when it comes to knitting. I added the lifted increases at the raglan seam to give the impression of a seam – ?why. But it does seem to give the area some stability – kudos to me eh?! Right behind me would be the Sydney Harbour Bridge if the trees didn’t keep growing!

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I bought the suggested yarn which is a Holst Garn wool but the stuff kept snapping and I don’t think I’m a tight knitter at all. So after the 3rd snap I visited the ever helpful staff at Morris and Sons and bought some of their own brand Estate 4 ply. It was a perfectly behaved yarn and knitted up beautifully though I hope the bit of pilling which has started at the underarm doesn’t continue. BTW does anyone else have an aversion to the term armpits? Or is it just me?! Anyhoo, I have a whole lot of Holst Garn yarn on offer if anyone wants it. Best described as scratchy and greasy!

 

I know blocking is important but I didn’t and the garment sits perfectly I think. Ooooh the yellow yarn came from a knitting shop in Kelowna, Canada, years ago – never did conquer the socks! Hi there S!!

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see that little end sticking out – no idea how to weave in my ends!

The one caveat on recommending this pattern is the stripes are knitted in the round. One can easily end up looking like a barber pole, because knitting in the round is essentially a spiral. There are all sorts of ways to get around this, I used a lifted stitch at the end of each row. A Craftsy knitting class teacher suggested carrying the stripe colour down the 4 rows, but admitted she’d prefer to knit stripes in a flat piece with side seams to hide the ends – me too. Being as I’m a novice knitter, correctly tensioning those intarsia bitties is a tad tricky and I’m not all that happy with the look of the carries.

This free short rows class on Craftsy was excellent and the tutor – Carol Feller, has a delightful irish accent to boot. She demonstrates a few ways to knit short rows in order to make increases within a knitted area similar to a dart, you then get to choose your preferred method. I do love me a Craftsy class, I use them like a TV station dedicated to my favourite pastime. Must ask them to sponsor all this free advertising I give ’em!!

I ‘d never knitted in the round before and the staff at Morris and Sons were very helpful yet again. Now I’m a ‘magic circle’ devotee – but not for stripes! I have chosen an aran type cardi for my next knit, in a delicious raspberry colour, a giant leap? Perhaps. Wish me luck, I’m diving in! I’ll leave you with a little competition. Here’s the photo, your job is to suggest a caption!

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  1. Thanks for the shout out! You know, I have never been to Kelowna.

    This is a great jumper and interesting to read about your knitting in the round experience. I have to admit that I still don’t like knitting in the round. Each time I do it I find it a pain to drag the whole sweater around and keep my tension nice and even. I knit more evenly when I knit flat…and it just makes more sense to me. I wish I had the attention span for those nice Craftsy classes…

    You know, my creativity has departed me today but all I can think is that those plants look like great hair. I don’t know why!

  2. Great looking sweater, a versitie addition to your wardrobe. I am also a fan of Craftsy. Rosemary

  3. Ooh, lovely. I like your colour scheme a lot! I might have a look at the knitting classes on craftsy, they sound useful. I like knitting in the round, but that might be because I’ve only ever knitted one garment flat!

  4. Armpit – yes – terrible word. I remember wanting to use it age 11 to describe my hair length in a letter. I used “underarm” instead, but that is not exactly a delicious description.

    But I love the jumper, mainly for the colours and the shaping, which I think is very fetching and pretty on you.

    But knitting cardigans, and in the round, I think is out of my league for now. But glad you are doing it because I may, one day, jump in too.

  5. Very nice jumper, and being Scottish myself, although I knew the word oxter immediately as armpit or underarm, it’s not a word used much nowadays in an everyday way! Good word though!

  6. Having been lucky enough to see this jumper in the flesh (so to speak) I think it is fabulous and if you are taking orders please let me know!! Very chic and I love the colours.

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