Free jumper knitting pattern; cable knitting for beginners
We have a lot of exciting news this week from Sirdar. It all started when they brought out 4 new yarns, and we decided to take the plunge and stock the whole Sirdar range.
Naturally, the best way to celebrate this was with everybody’s favourite: a free knitting pattern! One of the new (to us) yarns is Big Bamboo: a wonderful super-chunky yarn with a light chain construction. A blend of bamboo, wool and acrylic, Big Bamboo is machine-washable, wonderfully soft and a great fun yarn.
To download the pattern: either on the picture above or the button below, click and the pattern will open in a separate window. If that doesn’t work, right-click instead and select ‘Save link as…) This will save the pattern as a pdf on your computer, which you can then find and print!
The jumper is photographed here in shades Roan (213) and Kindle (214) – but Big Bamboo comes in 13 colours so take your pick!
Even better, for the launch of our new Sirdar range we’re offering 10% off all Sirdar and Snuggly yarns with the discount code 10SNUGGLES.
We hear from a lot of knitters who are filled with trepidation at trying cable knitting for the first time, so a really simple super-chunky cable jumper seemed perfect – and it’s nice enough for more established knitters too of course.
Knitting cables is really not difficult or complicated. If you look at a cable pattern, it looks as if the stitches are crossed over each other (like two strands of a rope). Well actually, that’s exactly what you do! Let’s say you’re knitting a simple rope cable, with two strands each made up of three stitches. So stitches 1, 2 and 3 make up strand A of the rope, and stitches 4, 5 and 6 make up strand B.
When you get to the cable part of the pattern, just move stitches 1, 2 and 3 off your knitting needle and out of the way (usually holding them on a cable needle) so you can knit stitches 4, 5 and 6 first. Then you go back and knit the ‘held’ stitches… and just like that, stitches 1, 2 and 3 now come after stitches 4, 5 and 6, and the two strands of your rope have crossed over each other. If you hold your cable needle with stitches 1, 2 and 3 on in front of your work while knitting, strand A will cross over Strand B; if you hold the cable needle behind your work, then Strand B will cross over strand A.
(You don’t have to use a cable needle; I often grab a spare knitting needle to hold cable stitches on, and have even been known to use a pencil! But a cable needle does make it easier).