It has been a long time since I wrote a blog post and it feels good to be back! The long absence has been due to my having a baby. Finn was born in August 2018 and we have been very busy getting to grips with our new found parenthood. As a result blogging has sort of taken a back seat, but I want to get back into it now and share all the things I’ve been making.
First up is the Sabrina Sweater. This pattern came in a kit that was very kindly gifted* to me by We are Knitters. I chose this kit as I loved the texture of the sweater, I liked the relaxed off the shoulder style and was excited to learn a new skill, knitting bobbles.
The kit includes the pattern, 5 balls of the 100% Pima cotton yarn (I used 4 balls to knit mine in a size large), wooden knitting needles, an embroidered label and a needle to sew up. I chose the colour ‘natural’.
When choosing which size to knit I opted for a large. I decided to go for the large as the model in the photo on the website was said to be wearing an XL for an oversized look and I wanted to replicate this. I feel it was a good call size-wise as I am happy with the fit. It is a lot more cropped than I expected, although I wonder if this is just because I am tall, 5’11”. I only made one modification to the pattern, which was to add double the number of rows of ribbing on the sleeves to account for my long arms. I know this probably looks a bit weird, as now the ribbing on the arms doesn’t match the ribbing on the body, but I don’t really mind that.
I always feel a bit intimidated every time I approach learning a new skill in knitting, such as knitting bobbles, but it was so much easier than I expected. It did take me a few tries to get it right though. I found I was struggling to knit the bobbles well using the method in the instructions. In the end I discovered the knitting backwards method, which meant I didn’t have to turn my work. This ended up being the way I knit my bobbles for the sweater and helped me achieve a neat result with the smallest hole next to each bobble. This video helped me figure out how to do this properly. There are a few options you can use so I would advise knitting a swatch to try them out and see what works for you.
I was surprised by how quickly this came together. Once I had got the hang of knitting bobbles, it was quite a speedy project and I found it really easy to sew up.
I would definitely recommend this kit if you are considering it as I thoroughly enjoyed making it and I am so happy with how it turned out. I think it looks so cool and quite different to anything else I own. I am wearing it in the images above with my Ogden Cami Dress and I love the combination.
*This Sabrina Sweater kit was very kindly gifted to me by We are Knitters. They contacted me offering me the chance to review a kit of my choice and I chose this style and colour. All opinions expressed are my own. I was not paid to advertise this product, but the kit was given to me for free, so just wanted to make sure that was clear for full disclosure.
Love your jumper, the bobbles look great.
Oh, and welcome back! Hope all is going well with your wee one 😊
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Thank you! I am really pleased with how it turned out! 🙂
Thank you! It’s good to be back. It’s going great, the best and craziest learning experience haha x
Lovely jumper/sweater. The bubbles are so neat. Well done. X
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Thank you so much! I was really pleased with how it turned out. Really love knitting bobbles. It makes me want to put them on more things 🙂 x