Completed: Betty jumper

Betty 1940s Fair-Isle Jumper

And look, I made more shelves!  These are in our bedroom, and I’m pleased to say that with 2 full alcoves of shelving, 1 large and 1 small bookcase, we now have almost enough space for our books…

But it’s all about the knitting today, and goodness knows this jumper’s taken me long enough to finish up!  It looks really quick, doesn’t it, and in fact the bulk of it did knit up fast, but 2 things slowed me down towards the end.  One was putting off knitting the yoke.  This turned out to be daft, as once I started it I didn’t have any problems, and I’m really happy with how it turned out!

Betty 1940s Fair-Isle Jumper

The pattern is Betty by Marie Wallin, from Rowan Mag 50.  Here it is on Ravelry.  It’s a lovely take on the classic 40s fair-isle jumper style that I’ve always been a huge fan of, but never fancied knitting in 2-ply…

I used Rowan Cashsoft 4ply for the main colour, and a mixture of West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply and Bergère de France Ideal for the fair-isle.  The WYS was a little finer than the others, which wasn’t ideal, but it’s ok!

The other thing which slowed this finish down is my lack of ability to check sizing as I go along.  I mean, I know I’ve made a size too small, which is what it is – can’t change that, and I think I can get away with it.  But once I’d finished and sewed it up, it was clear that it was way too short.  I mean, way too short to wear with a high-waist skirt…

Betty 1940s Fair-Isle Jumper

See that line across the stocking stitch?  That’s where the ribbing originally started…  I cut off the ribbing, picked up the body stitches and knit downwards…  This was such a massive pain that I had to add a little pattern at the waist, just to cheer myself up.  I’m glad I did – I really like having that little echo of the main pattern.  I’m hoping the crease where I’ve picked up the stitches will fade over time.  If I’m honest though, I’m so happy I managed to salvage it that I’m not actually that bothered!

Yay for finishes :).  I definitely would make this pattern again, possibly a size up, and definitely several inches longer than written…  Not making any more shelves though.  I am done with the shelves.  Just painting now, oh and quite a bit of sanding.  Fun times!

Betty 1940s Fair-Isle Jumper

Have you salvaged any near-disasters recently?  Go on, make me feel like it’s not just me!

Have a wonderful week!



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