It’s not only that I’m sewing my favourite sewing patterns for the second or third time right now, I’m also knitting duplicates. But only of patterns that I really love. Like the Bloomsbury sweater. I made one in green and I absolutely love it. Unfortunately the yarns felts a lot and I do not dare to wear it as often as I’d like to. So I decided to make another Bloomsbury from different yarn.
I used Drops Big Merino in colour 11 (plum). I bought it back in May, when all the Drops yarn was on sale. I always try to buy enough yarn in May during that sale so that I won’t have to order again before next May. I can already tell you that I didn’t make it, I lately made another order.
I decided to make this sweater cropped, so that I can wear it over dresses and thus I only needed 8 skeins of yarn. I knitted size S and as usual lengthened the sweater. I used 4.5 mm needles for the ribbing and 5 mm needles for the rest to match the gauge.
Knitting the pattern was much easier this time, after one or two repeats I knew it by hard and the sweater came along very quickly. I simply stopped knitting, when the hip decreases started and knitted the ribbing instead.
The sweater is a perfect match for my raccoon dress. I really love wearing and it Marvin said that it is time to wear the sweater with something else and so you’re seeing my flowery Belladone dress in the pictures.
I really liked the instructions. I think they’re very understandable and well written. Nevertheless I don’t recommend this project to beginners, the lace is kind of challenging in my mind. But if you have knitted lace before this should be no problem for you :)
If you want you can check out the project on ravelry here!
Pretty sweater! I really love the colour and the details :) You are a great knitter, Katharina.
I love your Bloomsbury sweater. I have often wanted to try Drops wool but I’ve been rather concerned as to how it is going to wash and wear. Please let me know because I can buy it in the UK.
Happy sewing and knitting….
Thanks Valerie! :) I use Drops yarn very often and for about the last three years and I am really pleased with the quality. I haven’t tried them all, but I think their Alpaca, Merino and virgin wool yarns don’t loose their shape or wear out and can easily be washed without problems plus they come to a very reasonable price. You should definitely try them!
Wow, great sweater! Nice match with the Belladone, too.
I made this sweater too. Yours looks lovely, I love the bright colour, cropped style and fit on you. I am curvier than you and found I didn’t get such a nice smooth fit, it’s rather baggy above the bust and just not flattering generally which is a shame, makes me look a lot bigger than I am. I do like your cropped version so I might try and figure out the fit issues above the bust and try a cropped version. The lace on the arms and back is so lovely it’s a shame to not try again.
Thanks Jeanette! That’s sad, that yours didn’t turn out so nice. I am not an expert on this, but have seen that there is a way to make a full bust adjustments to knitted clothes? I’ve heard about this lately and thos full busted ladies were all totally happy with it, maybe that could solve the fit issues above the bust? Well, I hope you get the issues worked out, because the lace pattern really is beautiful! :)