The first project photographed in my new brand style: the Norderney jumper, a pattern by Isabell Kraemer. This was a labor of love guys. I started this jumper as a stash buster project. There was some beige brown Drops Karisma (color #54) in my stash that I had purchased for a gift knit ages ago. Of course, the gift knit never happened and I was left with a bunch of commercial yarn in a color that isn’t particularly my fave.

I decided to use it to knit a pattern with some new-to-me-techniques, for learning purposes, so to speak. I didn’t expect a lot of it. I just wanted to use up the yarn and learn something new in the process. Well, learning I did: top-down construction, provisional cast-on, cables, yarn-overs, chart reading, all the things! And yes, there are mistakes. Many, many mistakes. I left them in, because I wasn’t confident enough to rip back in a texture panel. And it doesn’t matter anyway, the sweater is mine and the mistakes are barely visible.

On the way, the needles I needed for the cuffs of the sleeves were confiscated at the airport. So, at the point I was almost finished, I had to wait for new needles (that I had to get in The Netherlands). Therefore, this project has been on the needles for what feels like ages. And once it was cast off, I wasn’t really feeling it only until it was blocked. Blocking worked wonders with this yarn (and maybe this pattern).

Even though I wished I had enough yarn to make a larger size (Team Oversized here!), I’m really impressed with the fit of this jumper. For a jumper with a body without shaping, it has the perfect amount of positive ease. The same can be said about the sleeves. The shoulder shaping makes it drape comfortable around the shoulders, undoubtedly adding to the good looks of the neckline. The neckline somehow is my favorite part. It fits so well and looks very professional. For your information: I knit a size M and I’m 1m74 tall (5ft9).

To round this up: I’d totally recommend this pattern to anyone who likes a garment with something interesting going on, without having to do some heavy cabling or lacework. It’s not suitable for first-time-sweater-knitters, but if you have a bit of an idea of sweater construction (I only knit a handful of sweaters before), it’s perfectly doable.


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