Tuesday, 7 April 2015

My Victory Jumper!

Hello all!

So, everyday life is back on the menu again, after the blissful Easter break. Work was same old. Dusty, greasy and loud. As cable factories are, I suppose. But nevermind that!
I can finally share my Victory jumper with you all. Behold!








I finished this one two weeks ago now, but quickly realised I would need to sew a pair of pants to go with it, as it ended up shortish. At least with my RTW jeans, which for the most part are low to medium rise (hate those pants!).

Then I fell in to the whole Colette Ceylon vortex, and I forgot all about both pants and jumper. I finally sewed the pants this weekend, but I am saving those for another post :)



Talking on my imaginary phone...



So let's focus on the jumper, shall we?
I used an alpacca/peruvian wool blend yarn, super soft and not at all itchy. The pattern is of course the infamous Victory jumper from 1945, released in celebration of the end of WW2. It is written for a 34" bust, and a quick calculation showed it was easily graded up just by adding some more of the 9-stitch repeats. Easypeasy!



Get pattern here!



I obviously changed the colors. The original is navy, red and white, the colors of the Union Jack. The Norwegian flag sports the same colors, but I wanted it a little less patriotic. Maybe I'll do another one in red white and blue, as it is rather striking! Ah, the choices :)







The lovely waves magically appeared as the knit grew, the feather and fan pattern with it's increases and decreases does that. So all I had to remember was to change the color now and then. Despite using no 3 needles (2.5 for the ribbing), it was quite quick to knit. It made up nicely, too.
I did knit the neckband all in one after assembly, instead of separate for back and front as the pattern suggests, I think it is easier to get it nice-looking that way.







I did mention that it is a tad short. It looks fine in the photos, but I am dependant on some high waisted trousers, and I am still debating whether that is a good look for me. So a longer jumper would solve that conundrum, or maybe just wear it with a skirt. In any event, I love how the jumper turned out, and I would love another one!






Knitting is kind of a winter activity for me, so we'll see if the needles get shelved!
How about you?




31 comments:

  1. I love this! The colors are just fabulous! I miss knitting myself, its so warm here in Florida that I rarely break out my needles anymore.

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    1. Thank you Rebecca! Yes, I see what you mean. I detest knitting in the heat! Maybe it would help knitting with cotton..? I don't know, should try though :)

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  2. Så fiiin! Den har jeg også lyst til å strikke, en dag når jeg får tid......
    Klart du må ha bukse med høyt liv! Hvorfor skulle ikke det se bra ut på deg?

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    1. Takk! Jeg ble veldig fornøyd :)
      Vel, jeg sliter litt med disse høy-liva buksene, fordi jeg ikke har noen ehh.. stump! Det blir bare trist og flatt baki der. Men det får man bare akseptere :) Vi er jo forskjellige. Jeg må jobbe litt med hodet tror jeg. Eller sy truser med puter i bak! Haha :D

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    2. Synes det passer godt til stilen å være så slank jeg. Selv skulle jeg ønske jeg hadde mindre både her og der, men jeg har ikke tenkt å la det stoppe meg :-D

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  3. I love it! I have been knitting some fair isle mittens today and it is surprisingly warm in the UK so I don't think I'll be wearing them anytime soon. I think your jumper would look great with a skirt and I'm sure you'll get lots of wear out of it. :)

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    1. Thanks;)
      It seems spring is on the way here too, nice temps these last few days, and the birds have started singing in the mornings, yay! I do have some more lovely jumper patterns, so I might knit some more before summer hits :)

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  4. It is so beautiful! Job well done.

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  5. So cute - I like the colours you picked. We're getting colder in the southern hemisphere (first morning it feels like autumn today). Thinking about knitting my first sweater!

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    1. Ah yes! You live in my most beloved Australia :) Oh how I wish I could go back! You should totally start a sweater ;)

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  6. This is really lovely! I'm really bad at knitting consistently, I go through phases and then I don't pick my needles up for months - probably in the Summer, I think you're right, it feels like more of a Winter activity somehow.

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    1. Thank you :) Well then, we're two of a kind!

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  7. This is a true victory!! What a beautiful sweater!

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  8. So beautiful !! Certainly this jumper look beautiful with any mix of colors. Your color palette is fantastic. I think it look great with skirts, maybe you sew some jeans high waist so comfortable, I also hate pants at the hip, they are unattractive.

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    1. Thanks Rosy :) I'd love to sew jeans, but they do terrify me a bit!

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  9. That is beautiful! I love your choice of colours!

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    1. Thank you Wendy! I loved yours aswell ;) I might do one in patriotic colors, Constitution day is coming up the 17th of May!

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  10. I love the colors in this and those waves are so cool! You make such beautiful sweaters :D

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    1. Thank you Kristin ;)
      I love the wavyness too! Sometime knitting is a bit magic:)

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  11. Adorable. The colours.work so well and doesnt loose the pattern at all. High wasit trouser wiuld look great. You are such a neat knitter very envious. Ive been on a cardigan now for 12mnths!!!

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    1. Thank you! Just keep at it, and your cardi will be done before you know it! I recently spent over A YEAR on a sweater for the Mr. It was hell...

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  12. Your sweater is really beautiful--what a great pattern/color palette combination!

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  13. It's absolutely lovely!

    Haven't been blogging or reading blogs for a while, but you made some pretty things!

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    1. Thanks Anthea!
      How nice to see you here, I really hope you are feeling better :)

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  14. It is beautiful, what lovely colours. I think that length looks great on you. Got to crack on with mine now!

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  15. Thank you Theodora! That means alot coming from you ;)

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