30 years ago I knitted a Big Green Jumper.
I was in the midst of my final exams at University, living in a tiny damp cupboard in a house full of strangers. Everyone else was coupled up, but I was traumatically single after breaking up with FL, first time around.
It was effing cold and I needed a woolly hug. I hadn’t touched the needles for years, but I took myself to the local yarn store and chose 3 Suisses Juniors Nr 111: 40 High-Fashion Designs that Spell Freedom and 18 balls of wool/acrylic mix “Suizasport”.
I have searched everywhere but I can’t find a photo of that jumper, which is odd as I wore it almost constantly for about 2 years. I know I was wearing it the day I met the father of my children for the first time.
I gave you a tour of this book when it arrived, fresh from ebay. I threw my original copy out maybe 20 years ago, thinking it had no place in my life anymore. But for the past decade I have longed for another Big Green Jumper like the one I knit way back then. I remember it as being soft and warm and snuggly and comforting. Even the business of knitting it was all of those things to me in my time of need!
Fast forward to 2015. I had a skein and a bit of Cascade Eco Plus leftover from knitting my son’s blanket.
I thought it might be enough for a sweater and the gauge looked close enough to recreate Design no 9955, Girl’s Jumper in Irish Moss Stitch.
I had to buy another skein to finish the sleeves, so it was less of a stash-buster than planned, but that’s OK.
OK, it’s red and not green.
But otherwise it is pretty much the sweater of my nostalgic dreams.
The sleeves are definitely bat-winged, but as they are also slightly cropped they don’t feel ridiculously huge in wear.
The overall shape is boxy, in that 1980’s way, but to my eye it could just as easily be a pattern from the 1950’s. Audrey Hepburn would totally wear this sweater!
I was very tired of k1 p1 by the end of this knit. If ever there was a candidate for Second Sleeve Syndrome, this was it.
But I wanted the finished product, so I ploughed on (and on).
I didn’t have anything else on the needles, not even socks, so this went everywhere with me until it was done.
Now I am ready for winter in a cold damp farmhouse.
And hopefully this time FL will be around to hug while I am wearing it.
PS These are not deliberately arty photographs – my camera loathes the colour red!