Blue, Blue, Electric Blue….

Or that should be…

“Blue, blue, tealy blue. That’s the colour of Ben’s new top .That I just Knit!……Blueooooooo!” (to be warbled to the tune of “Sound and Vision“….)

Apologies to all David Bowie fans out there. I couldn’t resist – at least you couldn’t hear me singing that – I knit far, far better than I sing! I do most things better than I sing actually 😯

Yep – I’ve finished Ben’s Bowie jumper. It was a pleasure to knit. A pattern I’d recommend to you. I particularly liked the neck line on this one – quite easy to make shorter for men who don’t like high necks too.

I finished with the merest scrap of yarn left…

The sleeves took 2 balls and about 4 rows worth of another ball each. As I said in my last post, the back took nearly 5 balls, the front – 4.5 balls and the neck (which is quite large) took the rest!

I’m a little unhappy that it was so close (especially as I bought an extra ball) because I wasn’t able to lengthen the sleeves as I would normally for chimp-boy I mean Ben. They are OK (after some spirited pressing) but Ben would have liked them a tad longer.

All thing considered, I think it’s a success and I’m massively relieved that I managed to finish it with the yarn I had.

What do you think of it?

Ben likes it (phew). His insightful comment was,

“Hmmm, warm and snuzzley”

He then proceeded to wear it for the next two days which, I think, said much more! 🙂

I would have blamed the stingy yarn amounts on subbing the yarn but this pattern appears in Rowan’s “Pure Wool Collection” as “Edan” (identical so far as I could tell, standing in Liberty, looking at the pattern books!) and has the same yarn requirements – it’s even the same number of balls for the next size up!

Looks the same huh?

I’m all for recycling but to republish a pattern under a different name? Oh well – It’s a good pattern and it means it’s still available!

I’ll be watching Beelzebub’s progress with her Edan to see if she has the same problem….it might just be that my tension is a little tight… 😳

Completed Knit Report  
Name: Bowie
Pattern: from Jaeger JB28 by Martin Storey
Yarn: Rowan Pure Wool DK
Pattern Problems: only just had enough yarn – even with an extra ball
Pattern Modifications: short-rowed shoulders as ever….
Washing and Wearing: not washed yet, Ben said “Warm and Snuzzley”
Knit It Again???: Yes – if I can find a man who wants one!
Difficulty: Easy (if you can do cables)
Rating: 4/5
Other Postings Relating To This One: Knitting for Ben  

7 Responses

  1. Cheryl
    Cheryl January 22, 2008 at 12:30 pm | | Reply

    That is lovely,its a nice colour,i will agree also i knit better than sing.:)

  2. Sharon
    Sharon January 22, 2008 at 4:26 pm | | Reply

    I think the jumper looks great – but how do you manage to knit so fast? Did it really take you just four or five days, or had you been knitting it for a while before sharing it with us? Anyway, it looks like the sort of jumper I would enjoy making, unfortunately neither my husband or son will wear handknitted jumpers!

  3. susan crowe
    susan crowe January 22, 2008 at 6:18 pm | | Reply

    Hi Sharon

    It actually took me 10 days to make – beginning to end. I was still fighting off the flu and being waited on by Ben so really I was just sleeping and knitting – easy to be fast when you’re not doing much else!

    I had knit the entire back before I showed it to you in the first blog post!

    My advice with your son and husband – don’t force it but try making them jealous by making a jumper for another male close to you – use that Alpha male thing to your advantage!


  4. teeweewonders
    teeweewonders January 23, 2008 at 12:05 pm | | Reply

    Oh I really like that and I’m sure my husband would too. I would also have been a bit miffed at the yarn shortage! If you want the sleeves a wee bit longer, you could add a bit to the cuffs. Should be able to be done without showing.

  5. Arianwen
    Arianwen January 23, 2008 at 2:37 pm | | Reply

    you must have liked knitting that, seriously quick! Glad you had enough yarn. is the leftovers earmarked for innocent?

  6. Catherine
    Catherine January 24, 2008 at 4:25 pm | | Reply

    Wow, that sweater looks great. I am always impressed with how speedy you are, and what a great finisher you are.

  7. Kate
    Kate January 25, 2008 at 3:53 pm | | Reply

    I don’t think this is the only example of Rowan “recycling” patterns. I know of a cabled sweater pattern in Jaeger Trinity that’s been in two different Jaeger Pattern books! I imagine there are more, too. Like you say, it means the pattern is available when the original is OOP, but it’s interesting to see it happening.

    The sweater is gorgeous, BTW! 🙂

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